These lemon-curd tartlets are perfect for a tea party.

Martha Stewart Living, May 1998


Credit: Victor Schrager

Recipe Summary

Makes 2 dozen


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  • Place apricot jam and 1 1/2 tablespoons water in a small saucepan; set over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring. Remove from heat; pour hot liquid through a fine strainer set over a heat-proof bowl. Discard solids. Return liquid to saucepan; set aside.

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one disk of Pate Brisee into a 10 1/2-by-14-inch rectangle. Cut into twelve 3 1/2-inch squares. Press one square of dough into one of twelve 2 1/4- or 2 3/4-inch tartlet pans. Trim edges with a knife. Repeat with remaining dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

  • Prick shells all over with a fork. Place a 3-inch square of aluminum foil into each shell. Fill shells with dried beans, rice, or pie weights; place on a baking sheet. Transfer to oven. Bake 13 minutes. Remove foil and weights. Bake until golden, about 5 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

  • Combine eggs yolks, sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in a heavy saucepan. Combine with a whisk. Set over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and scraping bottom and sides of saucepan. Cook until mixture is thick enough to coat back of the wooden spoon, about 20 minutes.

  • Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter, one piece at a time, stirring with wooden spoon until smooth. Pour lemon curd into the shells until three-quarters full. Transfer tartlets to refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  • Using your fingers, rub the pansy petals with water. Place a moistened pansy in the center of each tartlet. Reheat the reserved jam until melted; generously and gently brush the tops with jam. Refrigerate in an airtight container until serving.