What if you could make a gourmet dessert that's so ridiculously easy that it's... simply ridiculous? That's the story of this Crustless Lemon Tart! Of course, it doesn't hurt a bit that it's also ridiculously delicious, right?
I've gone through a lot of lemons this week. A ton of butter, sugar and flour as well. And my dishwasher has gotten a run for its money, with all the lemony dirty bowls, pans and utensils it's cleaned up for me. You see, I had a lemon dessert on my brain. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted but I knew it had to be super delicious and super easy. After lots of "so-so", "mediocre", "fussy", and/or "flops" this Ridiculously Easy Crustless Lemon Tart came into being. It's a winner and definitely meets the criteria!
I was looking for something else online and somehow this Crustless Lemon Tart popped up. As soon as I read the recipe (originally from popular Australian chef, Bill Granger) I knew I had to try it. It sounded like my kind of recipe; one bowl, no mixer and no fussing. The reviews were great so I gave it a go.
We LOVED this Crustless lemon tart from the first bite. It's tart but sweet with lots of bright lemon flavor and a smooth, custardy texture. It's delicious served as is... but add a dollop of whipped cream and a few berries and you've got a dessert you'd pay a fancy price for at a fine restaurant.
Sometimes we serve it on a pool of our Ridiculously Easy Raspberry Coulis which is just a fancy French name for a delicious raspberry sauce and comes together in minutes.
The first few times I made this lemon tart, I followed the directions, using one bowl and a whisk to put it together. Then I decided to try something even easier. I combined all the ingredients in my blender and gave it a good whirl... ridiculously easy! The results of both methods were spectacular -it works either way!
Oh, and speaking of ridiculously easy, that's actually one of our trademarks! Yep, we have a whole collection of recipes (everything from fancy desserts to breads... even appetizers and caramel corn!) that bear this description. You can read all about these recipes in this post but to keep things simple, this is my nutshell description: "The recipes that make you look like a kitchen rock star with minimal effort on your part."
The original recipe called for a springform pan. I actually tried it in my best springform pan. The minute I poured the in batter the pan started leaking at the bottom seam. So much for that! Also, knowing lots of our readers don't have springform pans, I wanted to come up with another option. I adapted the recipe a bit and tried it in a 9-inch cake pan, greasing the pan well and making sure the tart is completely cool before turning it out onto a serving platter. You can see the results:
If you haven't used flowers for dressing up your desserts and giving them lots of beautiful eye appeal, you're missing out on the fun! Although we don't generally eat the flowers, I always want to make sure that I don't have anything that might be poisonous even touching my food. The flowers you see in the post are Chamomille. Here are some other fun edible flowers.
As I said, we don't eat the flowers, they're there for a beautiful presentation and they always make our guests smile. I wash the flowers well with cool water when I get them home from the store. Then I pop them in a vase of with more water and let the flowers and leaves dry. When I want to use some for decorating a cake, they're ready to roll!
A clean cut tart
I love that this tart cuts so nicely into pretty wedges.
The custardy interior and slightly crisp edge are a nice contrast.
So whether you want to impress your guests (with minimal effort) or you just want to make an ordinary day special, take a few minutes (hands-on time) and make this delicious Crustless Lemon Tart. You'll be thankful time and time again to have this Ridiculously Easy up your sleeve!
Café Tips for making this Ridiculously Easy Crustless Lemon Tart
- You'll need a 9-inch cake pan with sides that are at least 2 inches tall. If you don't have this size pan, it would be best to make this tart in a pie plate. You won't be able to flip it out of the pan but you can serve it like a pie from the pie plate.
- As this tart bakes, the top may crack in a place or two (you'll note a crack in my tart in the pictures.). This is perfectly normal and actually looks kind of pretty when you sprinkle the tart with powdered sugar before serving.
- This recipe can be made by hand with a bowl and a whisk OR in a blender or food processor. Either way is super easy, with the blender method taking slightly less time.
- If you choose to make this crustless lemon tart by hand, you'll need a whisk to thoroughly mix the ingredients. A whisk is a super versatile kitchen tool. I really like this versatile 3-in-1 whisk. It folds completely flat for easy storage.
- As this crustless lemon tart bakes, the sides may rise up a little higher than the center. This is normal.
- Make sure to grease the pan well with baking spray, including the sides. I like to spray my pan, then rub it all over with a paper towel to ensure every surface is well coated. Then I spray it lightly one more time.
- Baking spray is different than non-stick cooking spray. Baking spray, in addition to oil or shortening, also has flour particles which help create an extra gap between the metal and the baked good so it releases easily.
- It's important to use a thin, sharp knife to loosen the edges of the tart when it comes out of the oven. Then make sure to let the tart cool completely before trying to remove it from the pan.
- To release the tart from the pan, jiggle it a bit. If the bottom is not loose, place a folded kitchen towel on the counter and tap the edges of the pan all the way around on the towel. Place a flat plate on top of the pan and quickly flip it over so the plate is now on the bottom. Firmly jiggle the pan and plate up and down a few times until you feel the tart release. Then place another plate or your serving platter on top and flip one more time to the top is now up.
Thought for the day:
For you know that it was not with perishable things
such as silver or gold that you were redeemed
from the empty way of life
handed down to you from your ancestors,
but with the precious blood of Christ,
a lamb without blemish or defect.
1 Peter 1:18-19
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- 9 tablespoons butter
- 4 large eggs
- ⅔ cup all purpose flour
- 1 ⅓ cups granulated sugar
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- finely grated lemon zest from 2 large or 3 smaller lemons
- ⅔ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ⅓ cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- powdered sugar for garnish
Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high power for 1 minute or until melted. Set aside to cool a bit.
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Set aside a 9-inch cake pan with sides that are at least 2 inches tall.
Place eggs in a medium-large bowl and whisk until well combined. Add the flour and whisk again until the mixture is smooth, about 30 seconds.
Add the sugar, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, cream and vanilla. Whisk until well combined and smooth.
Lastly add the melted butter and whisk until completely incorporated.
Spray the 9-inch pan generously with baking spray and rub with a paper towel to completely coat all of the inner surfaces. Spray lightly one more time.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or until the edges of the tart begin to turn a light golden brown. The tart will still be a little wobbly at this point.
Allow the tart to cool completely. This will take 3-4 hours hours.
To release the tart from the pan, jiggle it a bit. If the bottom is not loose, place a folded kitchen towel on the counter and tap the edges of the pan all the way around on the towel. Place a flat plate on top of the pan and quickly flip it over so the plate is now on the bottom. Firmly jiggle the pan and plate up and down a few times until you feel the tart release. Then place another plate or your serving platter on top and flip one more time to the top is now up.
With a fine sieve, sprinkle the tart with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream and fresh berries if desired.
*BLENDER TECHNIQUE - To make this recipe even easier you can combine the eggs and flour in a blender or food processor and blend until well-combined. Then add all the other ingredients and again, blend well. Allow the mixture to sit for a few minutes to allow the bubbles to rise to the top then pour it into the prepared pan and bake as directed.
See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips to ensure success.
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Recipe adapted from: Recipe Winners