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Gluten-free lemon tart

For a light bite to end a meal, try this gluten-free lemon tart filled with fresh, tangy citrus.

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Lemon tart
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Bright & fresh citrus dessert

For a light bite to end a meal, try this gluten-free lemon tart filled with fresh, tangy citrus.
Calling all lemon curd lovers! This classic French tarte au citron is for you. With a creamy filling and slightly sweet pastry crust, you might want to skip dinner and head straight for dessert.

Gluten-free lemon tart recipe

Crust recipe adapted from Gluten-Free Baking Classics; Filling recipe adapted from French Food at Home

Serves 6-8


For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup rice flour, plus extra for dusting pan
  • 1/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour (also called glutinous rice flour, like Mochiko)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the filling:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • Powdered sugar


For the crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom with cooking spray and dust with rice flour. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, sweet rice flour, sugar, xanthan gum and salt. Add the butter. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter in. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until the mixture comes together in a ball. Use the heel of your hand to quickly knead the dough to ensure even blending. Be careful not to overwork the dough or melt the butter.
  3. Place the dough on a piece of wax paper. Cover with another sheet of wax paper and roll out the dough to the approximate size of the tart pan. Remove the top layer of wax paper and place the dough into the tart pan. Remove the other sheet of wax paper and press dough evenly into the pan.
  4. Partially bake the tart shell for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool slightly.

For the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, yolks and sugar. Add the lemon zest and juice and stir to mix. Whisk in the creme fraiche or sour cream until completely smooth. Pour mixture into the prebaked tart shell.
  2. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until just set. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar.


This filling sets a bit soft. For a firmer filling, add 1-2 tablespoons rice flour to the lemon mixture prior to baking.

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