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Lemon Curd Tassies

Yield: 36 tassies
Prep 50 mins Cool 10 mins Bake 8 mins
Lemon Curd Tassies
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/3  cup  sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2  cup  cold butter (no substitutes)
  • 1  egg yolk, beaten
  • 2  tablespoons  cold water
  • 2/3  cup  sugar
  • 1  tablespoon  cornstarch
  • 2  teaspoons  finely shredded lemon peel
  • 1/2  cup  lemon juice
  • 1/4  cup  water
  • 2  tablespoons  butter (no substitutes)
  • 3  egg yolks, beaten
Directions Crust::

1. For crust, stir together flour, the 1/3 cup sugar, and 2 teaspoons shredded lemon peel in a medium mixing bowl. Cut in the 1/2 cup cold butter until mixture is crumbly. In a mixing bowl, combine 1 beaten egg yolk and the 2 tablespoons cold water. Gradually stir yolk mixture into flour mixture. Gently knead the dough just until a ball forms. If necessary, cover with plastic wrap; chill for 30 to 60 minutes or until easy to handle.

Lemon Curd::

2. Meanwhile, prepare lemon curd. In a medium saucepan, stir together the 2/3 cup sugar and the cornstarch. Stir in 2 teaspoons shredded lemon peel, the lemon juice, the 1/4 cup water, and the 2 tablespoons butter. Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat, uncovered, until thickened and bubbly.

3. Slowly stir about half of the hot lemon mixture into the 3 beaten egg yolks. Return all of the egg mixture to the saucepan; stir to combine. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cook and stir constantly for 2 minutes more. Transfer to a small bowl. Cover surface of lemon curd with plastic wrap; chill while pastry tassies bake.

For Tassies::

4. For tassies, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Divide chilled dough into 36 pieces. Press one piece onto bottom and up sides of a 1-3/4-inch muffin cup; repeat with remaining pieces. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden.

5. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove tassies from pans. Spoon a rounded teaspoon of lemon curd onto each tassie; cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours before serving. Makes 36 tassies.

From the Test Kitchen
  • You can prepare the dough for the crusts of these elegant bites ahead of time. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw the dough in the refrigerator 1 day before working with it.
Nutrition Facts (Lemon Curd Tassies)
  • cal. (kcal) 72,
  • Fat, total (g) 4,
  • chol. (mg) 32,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 9,
  • fiber (g) 0,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 33,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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