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Easy Italian Lemon Mascarpone Tart

italian lemon mascarpone tart

italian lemon mascarpone tart

Italian lemon mascarpone tart is creamy, tangy, lemony and delicious. Our friend Elle gave us this recipe and it’s one that she makes throughout the year. Elle uses a quality store bought artisan pastry which makes this super quick to put together.

War and Peace

Although the Italian lemon mascarpone tart recipe reads like war and peace with so many instructions it really is just a case of making and blind baking the pastry shell, make the filling in a food processor, then baking.

Candied Lemons

Although the candied lemon slices are optional we think they are worth the couple of minutes it takes to prepare them. They bring an extra lemon hit to the party that plays on your tongue. Also they look fabulous on the tart!

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What Tart Tin to use?

The original recipe for this Italian lemon mascarpone  tart used a 25 cm x 2.5 cm (10 inch x 1 inch) round tart tin. We changed this to make in a rectangular tart tin 35 cm x 12 cm x 2.5 cm ( 14″ x 4 1/2″ x 1″) because of a platter we had wanted to serve the tart on for a luncheon. Using the rectangular tart tin then left us with a cup of the lemon mascarpone mixture left over. We simply baked the custard in a small ramekin and hid it for a late night treat.

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italian lemon mascarpone tart
Yield: 8

Italian Lemon Mascarpone Tart

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Italian lemon mascarpone tart is creamy, tangy, lemony and delicious. Quick to put together and quicker still if you use a store bought pastry.

Ingredients

pastry

  • 125 ml sour cream (4 ounces)
  • 250 g plain (all purpose) flour (9 ounces)
  • 200 g cold butter, cubed (7 ounces)

filling

  • 250 g fresh ricotta cheese (9 ounces)
  • 250 g mascarpone cheese (9 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 80 mls  fresh lemon juice (3 fl ounces)

lemon slices

  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Instructions

Sour Cream Pastry

  • Put the butter and flour into the bowl of a food processor, then pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sour cream and pulse again until the dough just forms a ball.
  • Form into a flat disk, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 20 mins.
  • Roll dough out to fit a round tart pan 25cm x 2.5cm (10” x 1”) size tin, using a fork poke holes all over the pastry and then fit the pastry into the tin and chill again for 60 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200c (390f ) bake not fan.
  • Trim the excess pastry from the tin using a sharp knife.

Blind Bake

  •  Line the pastry case with a double layer of foil and fill with sugar to the top of the tin – we have found sugar to be a wonderful weight for pastries as it manages to fill into the corners and creases of pans and can be reused without loosing any of its qualities. Doubling the foil helps with lifting the sugar from the case without breaking.
  • Blind bake the pastry case for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and sugar. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the pastry is pale golden and the bottom is dry.
  • While pastry is blind baking prepare the lemon mascarpone mixture.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 170c (340f )

Lemon filling

  • place ricotta and mascarpone into a food processor and process until smooth
  • add sugar, eggs and yolks, lemon rind and juice and process again
  • put the tart tin on the middle oven shelf
  • carefully pour the mixture into the pastry
  • bake for 30 minutes or until just set
  • there should be a slight wobble to the centre when you jiggle the tin
  • remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin, then refrigerate still in the tart tin (mixture thickens up as it cools)
  • remove from tin
  • serve and enjoy!

Lemon slices

  • put water and sugar into a frypan over medium heat
  • cook until mixture starts to turn golden brown
  • slide in lemon slices and cook for a couple of minutes then turn slices over
  • cook until slices are well coated with the toffee
  • remove slices and place on a sheet of baking paper to cool
  • arrange slices over the top of the tart

Notes

  • allow several hours in the refrigerator to cool and set.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 531Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 25gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 230mgSodium 369mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 27gProtein 9g

Nutritional information provided here is only intended as a guide.

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8 comments

  1. Can’t find the actual recipe

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Marg, not sure what’s happening as the problem appears to be your end. After checking our site the recipe is showing, can only suggest that perhaps your internet speed is running a little slow. Will copy the recipe here for you, don’t hesitate to contact if you have any more problems. Would love to hear how the tarts turns out for you. Jo and Jenitalian lemon mascarpone tart
      Author: Recipe Winners Prep Time: 20 minutes + resting time for pastry Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 70 minutes Yield: 8

      DESCRIPTION
      Italian lemon mascarpone tart is creamy, tangy, lemony and delicious. Quick to put together and quicker still if you use a store bought pastry.

      INGREDIENTS
      PASTRY
      125 ml (4 ounces) sour cream
      250 g (9 ounces) plain (all purpose) flour
      200 g (7 ounces) cold butter, cubed
      FILLING
      250 g (9 ounces) fresh ricotta cheese
      250 g (9 ounces) mascarpone cheese
      2/3 cup sugar
      2 large whole eggs
      2 large egg yolks
      1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
      80 mls (3 fl ounces) fresh lemon juice
      LEMON SLICES
      1 lemon, thinly sliced into rounds
      1/3 cup castor sugar
      1/3 cup water
      INSTRUCTIONS
      SOUR CREAM PASTRY
      Put the butter and flour into the bowl of a food processor, then pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the sour cream and pulse again until the dough just forms a ball.
      Form into a flat disk, cover with cling film and refrigerate for 20 mins.
      Roll dough out to fit a round tart pan 25cm x 2.5cm (10” x 1”) size tin, using a fork poke holes all over the pastry and then fit the pastry into the tin and chill again for 60 minutes.
      Preheat oven to 200c (390f ) bake not fan.
      Trim the excess pastry from the tin using a sharp knife.
      BLIND BAKE
      Line the pastry case with a double layer of foil and fill with sugar to the top of the tin – we have found sugar to be a wonderful weight for pastries as it manages to fill into the corners and creases of pans and can be reused without loosing any of its qualities. Doubling the foil helps with lifting the sugar from the case without breaking.
      Blind bake the pastry case for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and sugar. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the pastry is pale golden and the bottom is dry.
      While pastry is blind baking prepare the lemon mascarpone mixture.
      Reduce the oven temperature to 170c (340f )
      LEMON FILLING
      place ricotta and mascarpone into a food processor and process until smooth
      add sugar, eggs and yolks, lemon rind and juice and process again
      put the tart tin on the middle oven shelf
      carefully pour the mixture into the pastry
      bake for 30 minutes or until just set
      there should be a slight wobble to the centre when you jiggle the tin
      remove from oven and allow to cool in the tin, then refrigerate still in the tart tin (mixture thickens up as it cools)
      remove from tin
      serve and enjoy!
      LEMON SLICES
      put water and sugar into a frypan over medium heat
      cook until mixture starts to turn golden brown
      slide in lemon slices and cook for a couple of minutes then turn slices over
      cook until slices are well coated with the toffee
      remove slices and place on a sheet of baking paper to cool
      arrange slices over the top of the tart
      NOTES
      allow several hours in the refrigerator to cool and set.
      Category: Baking
      Method: Oven
      Cuisine: Italian

  2. Very easy to make an wonderful flavours. Thank you for sharing! ?

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Zita, we agree this tart has wonderful flavours. Easy to make, and delicious is pretty much what we’re wanting and it delivers!. Regards, Jen and Jo

  3. On one of your baking instructions says
    “Preheat oven to 200(c) 390(f) bake no fan.”
    Can you please explain this please.
    Thanks

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hello Shila,

      Fan forced ovens, also known as a convection ovens uses a fan to distribute the heat evenly around the food. So if you have a convection oven you will need to select ‘bake’, not the ‘fan bake’ option as this option increases the heat in the oven.
      If you have a conventional oven you just set the temperature to 200c (390f).
      Hope this helps , regards Jo and Jen

  4. Deborah Kean says:

    Wow! Those nutritional amounts seem really high to me! How did you come by them? I have never seen such high numbers for a single serving. I feel they are way off. I want to make this, but feel I could go into diabetic coma…

    1. Recipe Winners says:

      Hi Deborah, your diabetic coma has been averted. Occasionally we have a little gremlin that likes to shake things up and that appears to have been the problem with the nutritional chart. Now you can make the Italian lemon Mascarpone Tart safe in the knowledge that both your bloods and waistline won’t explode! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Enjoy!

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