This luscious lemon curd tart is gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free! It’s made with a tender almond flour crust and garnished with fresh mixed berries.
This luscious Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart recipe makes a special dessert that everyone loves, whether they’re following a gluten-free diet, or not. With no dairy products or refined sugar, it’s a dessert that all your guests can safely enjoy!
There’s no need to skip pies and tarts any longer, just because you’re avoiding gluten.
I’ve made this sweet lemon curd more times than I can count! I detailed the instructions in this post, How to Make Paleo Lemon Curd and Why You Should. Over the years, it has consistently been one of the most popular recipes on Flavour and Savour. It’s just that good!
Why should you make your own lemon curd?
Making your own lemon curd just makes sense. While it does need patient stirring time on the stove top, it’s not difficult at all. You can avoid the additives that may be present in store-bought lemon curd and greatly reduce the amount of sugar. Most lemon curd recipes call for 1/4 pound of butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar. This one, however, is made with coconut oil, honey and Meyer lemons and it’s a simple recipe that couldn’t be easier!
How to make Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart
- Make the crust first. Combine the ingredients, press into a pan and bake.
- Next, make the lemon curd. Zest and juice the lemons.
- Whisk and heat the eggs, honey and zest over low heat.
- Stir in the lemon juice and coconut oil.
- Heat until bubbles just begin to form around the edge of the pan.
- Strain, cool slightly and pour into the crust.
You could make this gluten-free lemon dessert overly decadent by topping it with whipping cream or whipped coconut milk, but it’s not necessary. This dessert is delicious by itself. I chose to garnish it with fresh organic berries both for their nutritional value and their beauty!
Can I make this Lemon Curd Tart ahead of time?
Yes! This recipe can be made in stages, if you like. The lemon curd can be made and stored covered in the fridge a few days before you need it. Prepare the crust and let it cool completely, then add the curd and decorate it with berries. If making the day before, cover and refrigerate the tart, and add berries just before serving.
What type of pan should I use to bake this tart?
I used a rectangular tart pan with a removable bottom, roughly 14 inches by 5 inches, but this recipe will also fill a 9-inch round tart pan with a removable bottom.
What else can I make with Lemon Curd?
Lemon curd can be used as a spread on pancakes or waffles, as a filling for a layer cake or strawberry shortcake. Make Lemon Tarts with Blueberries , try this Mini Meyer Lemon Parfait , this Easy Lemon Curd Fruit Dip or simply serve it in tiny cups with fresh berries. It’s sweet, creamy and delicious!
UPDATE: Note: This lemon curd recipe is not difficult, but I’ve discovered it’s even easier when made in the microwave. Check this 5-Minute Microwave Lemon Curd recipe. Same ingredients, shorter time!
Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart with Berries
Almond Flour Crust
- 1 cup Superfine Almond Flour
- 1 cup oat flour certified gluten free, if necessary
- 1/4 cup coconut oil melted (or grass-fed butter)
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice OR you can use regular lemons
- 6 tbsp coconut oil or grass-fed butter
- fresh berries for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 13" x 4" oblong tart pan with a removable bottom with parchment paper and grease the sides. Alternatively, use a 9" round tart pan with a removable bottom, line and grease.
- Combine superfine almond flour and oat flour and stir in melted coconut oil (or butter) and maple syrup until well blended.
- Transfer to tart pan. Press firmly into the bottom of the pan and up the sides, as evenly as you can.
- Prick all over with a fork. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent the crust from puffing up while it bakes.
- Transfer to oven and bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until golden. Edges will begin to brown slightly. Remove and let cool completely before adding filling.
- Zest the lemons. While Meyer lemons have a wonderful flavour, you can certainly use regular lemons in this recipe. If using Meyer lemons (which are often smaller) you may need 2 to get enough zest. Squeeze the juice, measure 1/2 cup and set aside.
- Whisk the eggs in a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. Whisk in the honey and lemon zest.
- Set over low - medium heat and whisk constantly until mixture is pale yellow and slightly thickened. If you have the heat too high, the eggs will start to cook too soon and become lumpy. But don't despair--If this happens, just turn the heat down, keep stirring and you'll be able to strain out the solids later. Be patient. This takes a while.
- Stir in the lemon juice and the coconut oil (or butter), one tablespoon at a time. Keep stirring to prevent it from scorching on the bottom. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture has thickened and is just beginning to bubble. You'll think it will never happen . . . but it will. Don't let it boil.
- Remove from heat and strain through a sieve. Don't skip this step. You'll be surprised at the solids that remain in the sieve. If not using right away, store in glass jars, covered, in the refrigerator. The lemon curd will thicken as it cools.
- Pour slightly cooled lemon curd into the prepared crust, smoothing to the edges. Garnish with fresh berries and chill until serving time. Cut into 6 pieces and serve.
Kitchen Items I used to make this Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart
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