Summertime Lemon Custard Tart

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Summertime Lemon Custard Tart


SourceHeike Meyer, Bee Sting Bakery
Prep time30 minutes
Cooking time50 minutes
Total time1 hour, 20 minutes


Heike Meyer, whose wood-fired ancient grain sourdough breads are now delivered to City Market from her bakery, Bee Sting Bakery, in Fairfax, teaches City Market classes regularly to share her passion for sourdough and whole grain baking. This recipe for a nut-based tart was taught in a recent class on baking tarts and pastries with whole grain and nut flours. The tart tastes like summer on a fork and is especially good with fresh berries on top!


2 cups
flour, almond (or ground almonds)
1 cup
flour, oat (ground oats)
1/8 teaspoon
sea salt
2 tablespoons
maple syrup (or rice syrup)
5 tablespoons
canola oil (or sunflower oil)
lemon (pulp of 2, zest of 1)
1/2 cup
egg (plus 2 egg yolks)
1 cup
heavy cream ((a bit less than 1 cup is ideal))


To make crust:

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix almond flour, oat flour and salt in a medium bowl. Mix syrup and oil in a small bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly using a spatula or your hands.

Check the consistency by squeezing the dough together: it should be sticky enough to hold together but not wet. Press (with your hands) into an 8 or 9-inch pie plate or spring-form pan.

Pre-bake crust for 10-15 minutes in the oven. Note: Don’t over-bake this crust, it could become too crumbly and bitter.

To make the custard:

In a medium-large bowl, mix pulp of lemons with zest; then add sugar, eggs, egg yolks, and heavy cream. Combine well.

When thoroughly blended, strain mixture through a strainer, pressing on solids and then discarding them.

Keep in the fridge for up to 2 days until ready to use, or use right away in the pre-baked pie crust.

Fill the pie crust with the lemon custard and bake place in a 350-degree oven for about 25 minutes, or until the custard is set and slightly golden around the edges.

Serve slightly warm, with fresh berries!