Lemon Curd Tartlets

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Illustration by Mia Christopher

Lemon Curd Tartlets

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in Art & Design, Illustrated Recipes, Recipes, Baked & Sweets

Tangy lemon curd and a crisp pastry shell, what’s not to love about these cute little tartlets? Well maybe when it’s 30*C and you’re hungover and have coated the kitchen in flour and dough, but it’s all worth it in the end. You could use pre-made shortcrust, but it’s always an accomplishment to make the pastry yourself, and using spelt flour adds a wholesome angle, and a nutty and sweet flavour.

Lemon Curd & Spelt Pastry Tartlets

Lemon Curd

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 60ml lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 60g butter, in small cubes


  • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour
  • 125g butter, cut into cubes
  • pinch of salt

Start with the pastry (as it needs time to rest). Place the flour, butter and salt into a food processor and process until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add a ilttle iced water and process just until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in cling film and rest in the fridge for a couple of hours.

Preheat the oven to 200°C in a metal baking-sheet. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to 3mm thick.
Grease a 12 capacity mini muffin tray. Cut pastry into 12 rounds and press into the holes in the tray. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.

Remove from freezer and place tray in oven to bake for about 7 minutes, until golden. Remove and set aside to cool a little.

For the lemon curd, Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and whisk until sugar dissolves (do not allow base to touch the water). Add lemon rind and juice and whisk until well combined, then add butter cubes and continue to whisk mixture for about 10 minutes, or until thick and custard-like. Do not allow the mixture to get too hot or to boil.

Spoon curd into shells and then refrigerate overnight.

Illustration by Mia Christopher. Mia collects anything and everything for her inspiration catalogue to draw from – photographs, the internet, sketches and other images. In this instance, a recipe! The highly stylised and whimsical kitchen scene she has created for our Lemon Curd Tartlets is full of soft yet strong colours marked by characteristic shapes and a sweet flavour – just like the little tarts themselves.