Ambrosia Lemon Tart

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Premier Foods

Standard Supplier 4th March 2015

Ambrosia Lemon Tart

Number of portions: 10 (2 x 8” tarts)
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Cost per portion: XX

The classic Tarte au Citron was made famous in the 1980’s by the Roux brothers but today features as Lemon Tart on a number of British menus. For this recipe we use shortcrust pastry, which can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes. This is a more forgiving pastry than sweet, in terms of its handleability.


  • • 500g McDougalls Pastry Mix (made as per instructions on pack)
  • • 4 Lemons (juice and zest)
  • • 10 Medium eggs
  • • 200g Caster sugar
  • • 350g Ambrosia custard
  • To serve
  • • 5g Icing sugar for dusting
  • • 200g Crème fraiche
  • • Zest of 1 lime


1. Roll out the McDougalls Shortcrust Pastry Mix into 2 rounds, approximately 3mm thick.

2. Line 2 pre-greased tart cases with the pastry and then prick with the base with a fork.

3. Pre-heat the oven to approximately 170°c.

4. Cover the pastry with cling film and rest in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.

5. Remove from the fridge and blind bake (see hints & tips below) and then allow to cool.

6. In a mixing bowl, combine the caster sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs and custard.

7. Carefully pour the custard mix into the tart cases and place in the oven.

8. Bake at 140°c for approximately 30 - 40 minutes or until the custard has just set.

9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

10. Mix the crème fraiche and lime zest.

11. Dust with icing sugar and serve the tart at room temperature with a little of the lime crème fraiche.

Hints & Tips

• There are a number of ways to bake blind; a simple technique is to press foil into the pastry, taking the foil over the edges; the foil then prevents the pastry from moving and shrinking, as it bakes and firms up in the oven. Once firm and par-baked, remove from the oven, remove the foil and allow to cool

• Try caramelising the top of the lemon tart by dusting with icing sugar and then heating with a ‘gas gun’