Puff Pastry Tarts with Lemon Cream

Bursting with fresh lemon flavour these little tarts are great spring dessert to amaze your family and friends. Made in only 40 minutes you will enjoy combination of flaky puff pastry, silky lemon cream and crunch almond flakes.

We love simple but super delicious desserts and these little tarts are among them. Made with a flaky puff pastry dough and silky lemon cream and sprinkled with toasted almond flakes, these simple tarts are so pretty and beyond delicious.

For this recipe you will need puff pasty dough which is always a good thing to have in the freezer (for making yummy savoury and sweet recipes), lemon curd (homemade or store-bought, mascarpone and almond flakes). These mini flaky tarts are ready in only 40 minutes. Start with making a lemon curd!

Making the lemon cream

These delicious tarts are topped with silky lemon cream made from a mix of lemon curd and mascarpone cheese. Making the lemon curd is fairly easy, with a few simple ingredients. First prepare all ingredients as follows:

  • LEMONS: You will need 3-4 medium lemons, just be sure to use organic ones. First finely grate the lemon zest (you will need 2 full tablespoons of lemon zest) then squeeze the juice from them.

  • EGGS: In this recipe we use 1 whole egg and 2 egg yolks to get gelatinous lemon curd so when mixed with mascarpone with have a firm cream. 

  • CORNSTARCH: This recipe features cornstarch which helps the curd to thickens quickly and the curd is done easily. Some other recipes don't use it.
  • BUTTER: Cut the butter into smaller pieces so it melts quickly. It add creaminess to the curd.

First pour lemon juice and lemon zest in a heathproof saucepan. Then whisk egg, egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a bowl then pour into the saucepan. Cook stirring on a low heat until it start to thickens, add butter and cook until melted. You should get a gelatinous lemon curd. Just set aside to cool while preparing the pastry tarts.

Once you have lemon curd ready, place mascarpone in a bowl and beat with electric mixer for a few minutes. Add lemon curd and beat again until incorporated. You have the cream ready. We suggest you to keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.

Baking the tarts

For the tarts you will need puff pastry, either homemade or store-bought. We used a block of frozen puff pastry. Take the puff pastry dough and roll out on a lightly floured surface into large rectangle. Cut out squares then cut smaller square inside each square. Place them on the baking sheet, brush with beaten egg and bake until they are golden brown, 15-20 minutes. Edges will be dark, this is fine. 

Assembling the tarts

From here, the rest is simple and straight forward as can be. Just before serving divide the lemon cream between each tart and sprinkle with toasted almond flakes and dust with some icing sugar for decoration. Serve on a dessert plates!

Toasting the almond flakes

Toasting almond flakes is so easy. Just preheat the oven to 160 C and place almond flakes on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for about 7 to 8 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant. Stir them once while baking.

Puff Pastry Tarts with Lemon Cream

SERVES: 6 mini tarts
COOKS IN: 40 minutes


For the lemon cream

  • 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 160ml (2/3 cup) lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 56g (4 tablespoons) butter, cutted into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 80g mascarpone cheese

For the pastries

  • frozen puff pastry (250g) 
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

For the garnish

  • 1/4 cup almond flakes, lightly toasted
  • icing sugar for dusting


  1. FOR LEMON CURD, whisk egg, egg yolks, sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl.

  2. Place the lemon juice and lemon zest in a heavy-based saucepan then pour egg mixture into this.

  3. Cook on a low heat stirring constantly with silicon spatula until it thickens, 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Add butter and cook for another minute until it's melted and incorporated. The curd should be gelatinous and thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

  5. Strain the lemon curd through the sieve to get rid of any egg lumps and lemon zest and leave to cool. 

  6. Preheat the oven to 200 C.

  7. Thaw 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry dough. Cut into 6 rectangles, approximately 10x6cm each.

  8. Place rectangles on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Cut each pastry with a sharp knife about 1cm from the outer edge, making a rectangles inside the rectangle. Prick the center or each pastry with a fork. Brush the edges of each pastry with egg wash.

  9. Bake them for 10-12 minutes or until they are puffed and golden brown. Remove the sheet from the oven and leave the pastries to cool. Press the center of each pastry lightly to create an indentation.

  10. Add mascarpone cheese to the lemon curd and for 1 to 2 minutes until silky cream forms.

  11. Top each pastry with lemon cream then sprinkle with toasted almonds. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

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