Food + Drink

Recipe from Michael Caines: Caramelised Lemon Tart with Crème Chantilly


Wow your guests (or maybe just yourself!) with this mouth-watering lemon tart by ABode Canterbury’s chef Michael Caines.

Serves 12

Sweet pastry

250g butter

175g icing sugar

3 eggs

1 pinch of salt

Zest of 1 orange

500g flour, sieved

Greaseproof paper

Baking beans


Lemon cream

380gr lemon juice

12 egg yolks

6 eggs

300gr sugar

250gr butter


Crème Chantilly

150gr whipping cream

20gr icing sugar

Icing sugar to serve

  1. First make the sweet pastry. Place the butter and the icing sugar in a bowl and cream together with a hand blender/whisk until white. Add the sieved flour, orange, salt and mix until it resembles a sandy crumble. Then little-by-little add the eggs and mix together on a low speed if using a mixer. When the mix is firm remove from the machine, wrap in cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before using. After 2 hours, preheat the oven to 160°C. Butter a 25x260mm tart ring and place onto a flat-bottomed tray. Roll out the pastry evenly and line the tart, ensuring that the corners are well pressed into the bottom of the ring. Leave the excess pastry overhanging the edge, then line with greaseproof paper before filling with baking beans to the top. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and using a sharp serrated knife cut away the top of the excess pasty and return to the oven and continue to bake for a further 10 minutes. When cooked, remove beans and paper and place back into the oven for 1 minute to ensure the base is dry. Leave to cool before filling with the hot lemon cream.
  2. To make the lemon cream, place the lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to the boil. In a bowl, cream together the egg yolks, eggs and sugar, then add a small amount of the hot lemon juice. Whisk together until smooth and add the remaining lemon juice. Bring the mix back to the boil, whisking all the time until smooth. Remove from the heat and place into a blender, add the butter progressively and blend until smooth. Pour into the pre-baked tart and leave to set in the fridge.
  3. Finally, make the crème Chantilly. Sift the icing sugar into the cream and whip to a ‘peak’. Leave in the fridge until required.
  4. To serve, remove the ring from the tart and cut into the required portion size. Dust lightly with icing sugar then using a blow lamp, caramelise the icing sugar lightly and leave to cool. Spoon on some crème Chantilly and enjoy!
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