Lemon Raspberry Tart | Simple Elegance

lemon raspberry tart

 I am guest posting today for Prerna of Indian Simmer while she is away visiting her family in India.  I’m glad she’s enjoying this time with her family after 3 long years of not having been home, and I’m touched that she’s asked me to post on her site in her absence.   I first met Prerna when she left a comment on one of my photos on Flickr, it sparked a conversation, we emailed back and forth and we have been friends ever since. With her laid-back nature and her enticing photography, Prerna makes cooking authentic Indian food at home accessible to everyone.

Inspired by the countless hours I’ve spent eyeing the gorgeous displays in patisserie windows, I wanted to share my Lemon Raspberry Tart with White Chocolate Drizzle.

lemon raspberry tart

When I first walked into the pastry shop, I didn’t know where to focus my attention.  What had lured me in were the colorful rows of delicate macarons displayed in the shop window.

Once inside my eyes darted frantically around the room landing first on the rows of individual chocolates.   Countless varieties of creamy ganache-filled squares sat just out of reach behind the glass case.  Across from those were the boxed gifts stuffed with tuiles and buttery miniature cookies.  Just down from the chocolates were the pastries.

Oh, the pastries!  A case full of exquisitely crafted pieces entranced me, and the above was quickly overlooked.

lemon raspberry tart

Insatiable.  That’s the appropriate word for my appetite when it comes to dessert.

My face lit up, and the wheels started turning in my head. “They all look so amazing. Should I get one?  Which one should I try?”  Oh the agony of choosing!  I quickly reminded myself that it is very possible to overlook gems if your focus is always on the most ornate offerings, so I composed myself and refocused.

Elegant yet understated, it was the simple aesthetic of the lemon tart that caught my attention.  But the minimal and straight-forward lemon tart exudes simplicity in its content as well as its form.

lemon raspberry tart

While it sounds rather ordinary, a good lemon tart is a brilliant juxtaposition of intensity and delicateness.  The pastry crust is sandy and light in texture, yet rich with butter flavor.  The bright tartness of the citrus filling is tamed ever so slightly by just the right amount sugar.  The creaminess of the sweet-sour filling contrasts in turn with the crumbliness of the cookie-like crust.

Bold and boisterous when it first hits the tongue, the gooey bed of lemon quickly melts and melds with the crunchy bits of crust, the two smoothly rolling around the mouth.

lemon raspberry tart

I am presenting the recipe for my Lemon Raspberry Tart over at Indian Simmer.  Please join me there and while you’re there browse through Prerna’s beautiful collection of photos and recipes.

Oh, and that lemon tart I was eyeing… I got it; that, and a few more pastries.

What are some of your favorite pastries?

* I’m sending this tart over to Jeanne from Cook Sister for the Topless Tarts Monthly Mingle.



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  1. says

    Believe it or not, due to my cream intolerance, I prefer the sort of dry cakes, not rich in cream and chocolate…I spend my life making French pâtisserie but it is for others, never for me!
    Great tart! Great photos..is that new? ;D
    PS: I loved “bold and boisterous” Lovely choice of words!

  2. says

    This tart is gorgeous Sylvie! very tart *pun intended* :-)

    Some of my fav pastries would be an Almond praline croissant, a sour cherry brioche and a pecan/macadamia/brazil nut treacle tart that I have taken up baking once every month :-)

  3. says

    Hi Sylvie,

    It’s my first time on your space. I am loving every bit of it. It is more of a learning experience for me!! Loved the tart recipe and the shots!!! They are just mind blowing :)

  4. says

    Your blog always leaves me feeling totally enticed by whatever you are making. The delicious recipes themselves, your stunning photos, and your very engaging way of writing about flavors are virtually impossible to resist. This is such a lovely recipe with the lemony, fruity tastes I so adore for dessert!

  5. says

    GORGEOUS!! Sylvie, I wish I could really have that slice, at least one? Lady your photographs have me wanting this at 7 in the morning. Love the flavors, the colors and every little thing!!! What a marvelous work you have done here.

  6. says

    Sylvie, that’s not a dessert. It’s art. Art I want to eat for breakfast!

    I love all sorts of pastries, but probably my favorite is a Norwegian one called Schoolbread. It’s sort of like a yeasty donut baked with cardamom in the dough. It’s filled with vanilla custard, topped with a sweet glaze and toasted coconut. I dream about it. A lot.

  7. says

    I’m much the same whenever I go to a pastry shop. My eyes just don’t know where to look and the brain goes fuzzy. Then I end up settling on the same item each time! I love the third photo- really shows off the texture of your tart perfectly.

  8. says

    Dear Sylvie, The Lemon raspberry tart is looking simply SENSATIONAL !!!
    I loved the white drizzle on the top, looking so gud, just felt like swiping a slice off ur screen right in the morning:-) Have a great day !!!

  9. says

    i am a sucker for a really ornate dessert myself; but I am often reminded as well, that the simplest thing can be ever so delicious. Lovely recipe and photos!

  10. says

    This is beautiful. Recently I’ve had a thing for scones. There’s a bakery by my house that has somehow found a way to cram even more butter into their scones, and they’re just delightful when topped with homemade raspberry jam. Although, I don’t think I’ve ever met a pastry that I didn’t like. :)

  11. Shirley@kokken69 says

    Hi Sylvie, I am so glad that you had guest posted at Prerna’s blog- it has led me to discover your lovely site. I can only envy at your breathtaking photos!

  12. says

    Sylvie, this looks delicious! With Passover on the horizon I am trying to come up with desserts that we can enjoy. I am going to have to make this with an almond based crust! You are always so inspiring and I love your photos. x

  13. says

    I find nothing ordinary about a lemon tart, or any tart for that matter. Their simplicity is brilliant, and yours looks fantastic! Will stop over and check out the recipe :)

  14. says

    You’ve combined two my favorite flavors into one beautiful tart! I’m headed over to Indian Simmer now. She’s one of my fav bloggers!

  15. says

    first time here…wow…I’m seriously drooling over these pics…what a wonderful tart recipe…..looks just so perfect and delicious….glad to follow ur space ! do visit mine whenever u hav time :-)

  16. says

    I know what you mean when being in a pastry store.Its like kid in a candy store.maybe worse.You knw what Sylvie, your phoography makes food look as if its posing for your camera.Well done!Loved the post..every bit of it.

  17. says

    I have never made a tart like this one before, but I’m a fan of just about any pastry :) Yours looks fantastic and the flavors sound perfect…I can’t imagine it would be anything other than good :)

  18. says

    Raspberry and lemon are two of my favorite fruit-flavored desserts…this is so up my alley. Your pictures are gorgeous. My mouth is watering. Heading over to Prerna’s blog to check out your yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing!

  19. says

    This tart looks DELICIOUS!!! I went to see the recipe. I might just make it myself. When I do, I’ll come back and let you know about it:)

    I know how you feel about losing focus in a pastry shop. I just want to get everything:)

  20. Sherie @ maameemoomoo says

    Mmmm… it’s calling out to me! So beautiful.. so delish looking!

    Great blog u have here 😉

    Have been a silent reader for the longest time.. alas..

  21. says

    This tart looks absolutely stunning. I tend to bake cakes and cookies because they seem easier, but this recipe actually looks like something I could manage. Will certainly give this one a go because there’s few things that appeal to me more than a tart lemon dessert :)

  22. says

    Honestly, I have yet to meet a pastry I didn’t like. So many of them are like works of art; yours included! Love Prerna and her blog! Off to check out your guest post.

  23. says

    Oh, Sylvie, it’s so awesome! I love this tart, it looks delicious and I’ll try to make it, as soon as possible. All your shots are beautiful, too. Beautifully done :)

  24. says

    This looks so delicious {and pretty too!}. I love pretty much any baked good with lemon in it. My pastry eating is pretty limited these days since I don’t eat gluten, but I’d love to find a good gluten free cheese danish or croissant. Let me know if you find one!

  25. says

    Absolutely stunning Sylvie!! I love the combination of lemon and raspberry.

    Believe it or not, despite my sweet tooth I rarely visit pastry shops. I do love lemon tarts though. Lemon anything really!

  26. says

    Divine! I’m with Jennifer anything lemon usually gets me excited and that raspberry layer looks so special and luscious! I always love peeking in the windows of pastry shops to eye off the beautiful creations but, my sisters homemade tarts, are my absolute favourite!

  27. says

    wow breathtaking I can almost smell the raspberries, I love that clean cut into that slice of tart for the second to last picture. If only I could just have a tiny sliver…

  28. says

    To me, there are only a few things better than a lemon dessert. The lemon-raspberry combination with just the hint of white chocolate for balance is perfection in my book. I love tarts!

  29. says

    This is my first time visiting your site, and it’s quite lovely! Your photos are out of this world. And this lemon raspberry tart looks amazing! It looks so scrumptious that I want to lick the screen. :)

    I’m the same way w/ desserts. I have such a hard time choosing!

  30. says

    Sylvie, everything about this post is perfect: the recipe (you have described the perfect lemon tart so perfectly!), the gorgeous photography and the beautiful writing! I am inspired and at the same time humbled by my own work which just doesn’t seem to live up to yours. Stunning!

    And Prerna is a charmer! She is lovely!

  31. says

    Your lemon raspberry tart is beyond stunning. How perfect is this for Easter brunch and all the warmer weather entertaining we have coming up. Love Prerna and her blog-I will go check out your guest post over there :)

  32. says

    Looks so gorgeous and the clicks are .. SIGH!! I am drooling over it .. it’s lunch time for me , probably shouldn’t do blog hop at this time :)

  33. says

    Ah… raspberry tart, lovingly photographed by you, what could be better than the hint of sweetness to end a meal. I prefer fruit desserts to cleanse the palate at the end of a meal. However, I’m not able to choose my favorite pastry yet, I still must do more research.

  34. says

    Oooooh heavens! Your incredible photos of your incredible dessert is so real that I can almost TASTE it!! I am definitely pinning this – because I am definitely making it! SUPER YUM.

    And my fav pastries/tarts? Shoot. ANYthing. No lie. I am not picky. Sweet. Savory. You name it – I am eating it. This time of year, though, I love to make these simply delish fruit and cream cheese tartlets. They are always a hit, too. =-D

  35. says

    ooooh looks divine! love lemon and raspberry combo. my fave pastry? impossible to decide…so many pastries, so little time…macarons are a favorite of mine…also love lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, cannoli, oh, and we haven’t even gone into the chocolate goods yet! beautiful post :)

  36. says

    Sylvie – what a beautiful lemon-raspberry tart that I am sure to have to make. Absolutely delicious and your image captures take my breath away!

  37. Debi (table talk) says

    My sweet tooth has been satisfied just looking at your gorgeous photos. — just beautiful! I especially love the one that has had a nibble taken out of it.

  38. says

    Hello dear Sylvie :) I’m glad to be possibly leaving the 100th comment on this post!

    I must always point out upon visiting you that I’m left in full delight! Visually to begin with. Your photos are extraordinary beautiful and can tell them apart easily from others. Your taste and style are very distinct and evident through all of your choices. The objects, the styling and then the words you choose to describe the stories behind your tasty creations.

    As for my favorite dessert, I wouldd’t know where to start with. I adore chocolate {that is not too sweet}and lemon tarts are among my very favorites. I’m secretely hoping that if I share your recipe with my mother, she’ll be willing to try out for me.

    Let’s see when I’m there visiting…
    Have a lovely Teusday afternoon,

    xo, Iro

  39. says

    What a gorgeous tart — I love raspberry and lemon together and a good, tart dessert! My favorite dessert is a tough call and I’ve noticed, has changed from something chocolate to something fruity like this. Apples, berries, citrus — all of it. Such beautiful photos and writing here…

  40. says

    Beautiful words. I’m in the middle of a kitchen remodel; it will be MONTHS before I have a functioning oven again. In the meantime, I’ll have your gorgeous photos to drool over.

    If I were to step into a pastry shop… I might go for an eclair. Maybe a miniature one… so I could also have a lemon tart.


  41. says

    gosh this looks so glorious! I’m definitely going to make this for my man and for my Mum they’ll both be in heaven! thanks fro sharing another wonderful post, recipe and more beautiful photographs!

  42. Robert Kilmer says

    This is a beautiful tart and I want to make it when our figs and raspberries come in. I tried to track down the recipe at Cook Sister, but all I could find is “Server disabled.” Could you post it on your own site now?
    Thanks so much for your wonderful blog. I’ve been copying and saving your recipes for over an hour.


  43. Robert Kilmer says

    With Sylvie’s help in finding the recipe, I made this in mid-April for diner at a friend’s house. All raved over it, although (with the maker’s eye) I could see that my skill and art was not up to Sylvie’s level. The same weekend I recommended this recipe for another friend who was looking for something new to make for her own dinner party. Hers was also received with cries of admiration and happy mouths.
    This is a recipe we’ll both be practicing, just for self-improvement, don’tcha know? Robert in Manassas, Virginia

    • says

      I’m so happy to hear that everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for taking the time to come back and comment on what you thought of it, much appreciated.