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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.24 / 5 (46 votes)

Prep time:
30 min
Cook time:
30 min

Bill Granger makes an easy lemon tart evocative of Provence


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2. Place the lemon juice and zest, caster sugar, cornflour, whole eggs and egg yolks in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is smooth and thick.

3. Remove the pan from the heat, whisk in the butter and then a few drops of lavender oil. Set aside to cool.

4. Meanwhile, place the pastry on a board and trim a 1cm strip from each side of the sheet.

5. Brush the pastry sheet and the pastry strips with beaten egg yolk. Lay the strips around the rim of the pastry sheet, trimming the edges to form a neat frame. Score a further line around the inside of the frame.

6. Prick the pastry sheet with a fork and sprinkle with sugar. Transfer the pastry to the lined tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.

7. Press the centre of the pastry case down and fill with your home-made lemon curd. Sprinkle with lavender and serve.


  • 200 ml lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 200 g caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten, plus 1 yolk extra, to glaze
  • 100 g butter, cubed
  • 3/4 drops edible lavender oil
  • 375 g ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • culinary lavender lavender, for decorating

Tips and suggestions

Make sure you buy lavender oil and flowers that are suitable for culinary use, as not all are edible.

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Latest Comment


Seano2201 Seano2201  Posted 05 Dec 2010 5:46 PM

Really excellent. Skipped the lavender and topped with blueberries - very tasty. Thanks.

Sean O'Sullivan

Seano2201 Seano2201  Posted 05 Dec 2010 4:22 PM