Lemon Blueberry Tart

Cool, creamy, and refreshing lemon blueberry tart comes together with 10 ingredients. The simple lemon filling sits in a flaky shortbread crust and is swirled with homemade blueberry sauce. After the first bite of this sweet, tangy, and buttery tart, it’s impossible to put your fork down. This dessert is always such a beauty to serve, too.

lemon blueberry tart

I knew a tart or pie version of our beloved lemon blueberry cake would be a hit in my household AND with many of you reading this. I’m always dreaming up ways to use this unbeatable flavor combination and a beautiful tart with tons of fresh flavor was definitely my imagination’s top choice. I cannot wait for you to try this one.

Lemon Blueberry Tart Details

  • Texture: I went back and forth about which type of crust to use for this lemon tart, but shortbread seemed most fitting. It’s pleasantly crumbly with a flaky texture that melts in your mouth. The crust contrasts perfectly with the creamy and lush filling on top.
  • Flavor: If I were to describe the taste of pure sunshine, it would definitely be this lemon blueberry tart. The lemon flavor is delightfully fresh and bright, and there’s just enough tang to complement all the sweetness. You really only need a small slice since there’s such a strong punch of flavor, but honestly I’ve never witnessed anyone stopping at 1 serving. (HA!)
  • Ease: There are 3 components to the tart and each must be prepared separately, but there’s nothing really complicated about the entire process. Take your time and read through the recipe before you start.
  • Time: It only takes about an hour to prep and bake the tart. But you’ll want to cool and chill it before serving, so set aside a few hours to complete the entire recipe. It’s wonderful when made the day ahead, too!

slice of lemon blueberry tart

Video Tutorial


3 Parts to This Recipe

  1. Buttery Shortbread Crust: I make this shortbread crust with a lot of different desserts and it always reminds me of pie crust, but it’s so much easier. There’s no food processor or pastry cutter needed– instead simply combine melted butter with sugar, vanilla, salt, and flour and press into a tart pan or pie dish. You don’t even need to chill the dough before using. You’ll notice we use the same crust for our raspberry streusel bars, apple pie bars, and we double the recipe for our lemon bars. Keep in mind that these other desserts may require different oven temperatures and that’s because the desserts take longer, overall, to bake through. We bake the crust at 350°F (177°C) for this particular tart recipe.
  2. Lemon Filling: A lot of lemon tarts are prepared with a curd filling, but this one is thick, creamy, and rich. I use a similar lemon filling for our creamy lemon pie. I halved it for this tart, then cut down on the egg yolks. The egg yolks help the filling set, but I wanted the finished tart to remain soft. I think you’ll really love it. We’ll use only 1 egg yolk.
  3. Blueberry Sauce Swirl: You’ll enjoy pure blueberries without much else in the way. We hardly add any sugar to the blueberry sauce (some is needed to help them break down), so the natural flavor can really shine. Cook it on the stovetop for a few minutes, let it cool a little bit, then swirl some into the lemon filling. Feel free to strain it if you don’t want any blueberry lumps. You can use a toothpick or knife to swirl.

Can I Use a Graham Cracker Crust Instead?

A graham cracker crust will fall apart and crumble under this wet filling, so I don’t suggest making that swap. Stick with the shortbread crust.

making shortbread tart crust

shortbread tart crust in tart pan

The shortbread crust dough is thick and a little greasy– don’t be nervous if it looks a little wet. Press it tightly into your pan and pre-bake it before adding the filling.

Creamy Lemon Tart Filling

You need one 14 ounce (weight) can of full-fat sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and zest, and 1 egg yolk. That’s it. Fresh lemon juice is best. Here is a wonderful juicer if you don’t have one and if you need a recommendation for a zester, I use and love this one.

Spread the filling into the pre-baked crust.

lemon filling in a glass bowl next to a photo of the filling spread into a tart crust

I recommend making the blueberry sauce first so it’s ready when you need it. The recipe moves pretty quickly once you begin pre-baking the crust.

homemade blueberry sauce in a glass bowl

blueberry sauce swirled into a lemon filling in a tart pan

slice of lemon blueberry tart on a white plate

How to Make Mini Lemon Blueberry Tarts

Try using this recipe for about 10 mini tarts in mini tart pans. I don’t recommend a muffin pan for turning this recipe into mini tarts. Divide crust mixture between each mini tart pan (bake these in batches if you have less than 10), press firmly into the bottom, and bake for 8 minutes to help set the crust. It’s usually easiest to bake mini tart pans on a larger baking sheet. No need to poke holes in the crust before adding the filling as directed for the full size tart below. Pour filling into warm crusts, drop a few tiny spoonfuls of blueberry sauce on each, then swirl as directed below. Bake for 9-10 minutes or just until the centers no longer jiggle. Cool completely, then chill for at least 1 hour before removing from tart pans and serving. (Or serve in tart pans.)


Lemon Blueberry Tart Variations

If you want to switch up some flavors, be our guest! Here are the variations we tested. We’re unsure of the results outside of these listed changes, so let us know if you try anything else.

  1. Lime Tart: Switch the lemon juice and zest for lime juice and zest. Feel free to keep the blueberry swirl or skip it. You could also use the strawberry, raspberry, or blackberry swirl.
  2. Strawberry Swirl: Replace blueberries with 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries. You can’t really detect the strawberry seeds in the baked tart, but feel free to strain the sauce through a fine mesh sieve before swirling into the filling.
  3. Raspberry or Blackberry Swirl: Replace blueberries with 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries or blackberries and add 1 more teaspoon of sugar to the sauce (for a total of 3 teaspoons). Strain the finished sauce through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds before swirling into the filling.
  4. We haven’t tested other citrus besides lime or lemon. We do not recommend swapping the lemons for orange zest/juice because the tart will be very, very sweet. You really need the tang from lemons or limes. We haven’t tested this recipe with grapefruit.
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slice of lemon blueberry tart

Lemon Blueberry Tart

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours (includes chilling)
  • Yield: serves 8-10
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

There are 3 parts to this creamy lemon blueberry tart and each are prepared separately before bringing them all together. For best success, take your time and read through the recipe before starting.


Ingredients

Blueberry Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (or water)
  • 1 cup (190g) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

Shortbread Crust

  • 1/2 cup (115gunsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (50ggranulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (125gall-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)

Filling

  • 1 (14 ounce weight) can full-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 Tablespoons (90ml) lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (1 lemon)
  • 1 large egg yolk

Optional Garnishes

  • Lemon slices, blueberries, leftover blueberry sauce, whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Blueberry Sauce: Using a fork, mix the cornstarch and lemon juice together in a small bowl until the cornstarch has dissolved. Set aside. Warm the blueberries and sugar together in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally for 3 minutes, mashing the blueberries as best you can against the bottom and sides of the pan to help break them up. Stir in the cornstarch mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes as the sauce thickens, stirring and mashing the blueberries to break them up as desired. Remove sauce from heat and set aside at room temperature until step 6. Makes about 1/2 – 2/3 cup blueberry sauce and you’ll use about half for the swirl. (Reserve extra for garnish/serving.)
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).
  3. Crust: Mix the melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour and stir to completely combine. The dough will be a little greasy and very thick. Using a rubber spatula or your hands, press dough firmly into a 9-inch tart pan (no need to grease it), making sure the layer of crust is even on the bottom and all around the sides. It may seem like it won’t fit, but it will. You can use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack the crust in too, but sometimes it sticks.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges are very lightly browned. Remove from the oven. Using a fork, poke a few holes all over the top of the warm crust (not all the way through the crust). This helps the filling stick.
  5. Filling: Whisk all of the filling ingredients together until combined. Pour into warm crust. Stir up the blueberry sauce because it has likely thickened. It can still be warm when you use it in this step. If it’s too thick, warm it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. Drop spoonfuls of blueberry sauce all over the top, using about half of the sauce. Reserve the rest of the sauce for serving. Using a toothpick or knife, gently swirl the sauce and filling together. Shimmy the pan back and forth 2-3 times to let the sauce and filling settle down into the crust a bit.
  6. Bake for 17-19 minutes, just until the center of the tart no longer jiggles when you give the pan a light tap. It will still be a little sticky on top. Avoid over-baking because the tart will taste rubbery. (Tip: Err on the side of under-baking because the filling also has a chance to set up in the refrigerator. You want a creamy soft filling.)
  7. Remove tart from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Cool completely at room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator uncovered for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. If chilling for longer than 2 hours, cover it. After chilling, remove the sides of the tart pan if your pan has removable sides.
  8. Slice and serve with optional garnishes including any leftover blueberry sauce.
  9. Cover leftovers tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: You can bake, cool, and chill the tart 1 day in advance. See step 7. The filling must be poured on a warm crust so it will stick, so I don’t recommend pre-baking the crust ahead of time. You can prepare the filling and blueberry sauce in advance though. Cover both and refrigerate until ready to use. The blueberry filling will be quite solid after refrigerating, so warm it up on the stove or in the microwave until thinned out again. (It can be warm when you swirl it into the filling.) Baked and cooled tart freezes well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Tart Pan: A 9-inch tart pan with or without removable sides (it doesn’t matter) is ideal for this recipe. If you use other size tart pans, the bake times and thickness of the tart will differ. You can also use a 9-inch pie dish, but slicing the tart isn’t quite as neat. The bake times are the same. For mini tart pans, see post above. I don’t recommend a springform pan because the crust leaks. We haven’t tested this recipe in a round cake pan or as bars.
  3. Blueberry Sauce: If you don’t want blueberry lumps in your tart, feel free to run the blueberry sauce through a fine mesh sieve.
  4. Sweetened Condensed Milk: Make sure you are using sweetened condensed milk, not evaporated milk. There are no successful replacements for sweetened condensed milk in this particular recipe– it’s really the key ingredient. (Sometimes half-and-half or heavy cream works as a substitution, but then you’ll have to test with varying amounts of sugar since both are unsweetened.) Use one 14 ounce can full-fat sweetened condensed milk. Do not use fat free because the tart will not set. Keep in mind that 14 ounces is the listed weight on the can. 1 standard 14 ounce can is a little over 1 liquid cup.

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656 Comments

  1. Kim Peterson says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe!! I just made the lemon tart for Easter and used blackberries because we have a blueberry hater in the house. It was gorgeous and tasted wonderful. Thanks again. Happy Easter from California!!

  2. Miriam Davie says:

    This was a perfect ending to our outdoor Easter lunch! I made little meringues with the leftover egg white to put on top and candied some lemons for decoration too. Everyone loved the balance of sweet and tart! It was super easy to make as well – I will definitely make this again.

  3. Abigail Rodriguez says:

    I made individual mini tarts for Easter Sunday dinner. The recipe is so easy to follow and it is beyond yummy! Hurry up and bake this delight!

  4. Decided to try the baking challenge for the first time as I wanted to use my rectangular tart tin for the first time as well. I only had 150g frozen blueberries, so used that with golden caster sugar- no problems. I increased the ingredients for the crust by a 1/4 of everything, I put some lemon zest in the crust too. This amount fitted my tin perfectly but after baking the crust had shrunk, so I quickly but gently used the back of a spoon to push the crust down & up the sides again and baked it for another 10minutes- worked very well. I used zest of 2 lemons in the filling & the whole egg, with light brown sugar, I swirled in all the blueberry sauce. Placed tart on another shallow baking tray as the crust does leak like Sally said. I baked for 18 minutes at 160°c in my Fan oven, on the lower shelf, turned it around halfway, turned oven off after 18mins, left tart in the oven for 10 more mins. Cooled in tin & now it’s in the fridge- leaving it overnight- can’t wait to try it!!

  5. Absolutely delicious and a breeze to make. I substituted 1/3 of the AP flour with almond flour that I briefly toasted at 350 degrees for an added depth of flavor. Easy, bright and springy!

  6. Crust is amazing, doesn’t seem like it would come together since there’s so much butter but it’s really tasty with the creamy lemon filling! I would strain the blueberry sauce next time because I thought the chunks of blueberry detracted from the lemon filling. Definitely a keeper, so good!

  7. AH-MAZING! I actually made a strawberry lemon tart since I didn’t have blueberries on hand. Used frozen strawberries without issues. I do agree with a previous review – a little more berry sauce would’ve been nice. It’s easy to double up the recipe for the sauce if you wish, though! Overall this was great: fruity, sweet, lemon-y, and so easy to make. I think we could all use something to cheer us up during these difficult times, and this beautiful tart did just that!
    Thank you Sally for another wonderful recipe!

  8. I struggled with the crust shrinking after the first bake, and then I tried pressing it down again which was probably not the best method (I see Sally recommend chilling before baking). But it’s still delicious!

  9. Melissa Lankheet says:

    I made this for Easter and it was delicious! Everyone was impressed and it was easy to make. The smell of lemon, taste of blueberry and sugar cookie crust was outstanding. Everyone loved it!

  10. Renee M LaTulippe says:

    I had this tart cooling on the rack before I even realized it was this month’s challenge, haha. I couldn’t find blueberries so went with raspberries, and it was absolutely GORGEOUS, I have to say. And I say WAS because everyone loved it and it’s all gone. The tartness of the raspberries cut the sweetness of the filling just right for my taste, and the crust was perfect. One weird thing though: I don’t have a tart pan so I used a 9” pie tin, and I could tell there just wasn’t enough crust to fill that pan even if I spread it veeeeery thin. After 5 minutes in the oven I knew it wasn’t going to work, so I pulled it out, made a second crust batch, dumped the first crust in with it, and transferred it all to my springform (and yes, it leaked, but it was worth it). Also made a little extra filling. In the end it came out a beautifully! Thanks for the great recipe, Sally!

  11. Renee M LaTulippe says:

    I forgot to rate the recipe. 5 stars!

  12. This tart was so quick and easy to make and was absolutely delicious! I garnished with candied lemon slices, sugared blueberries, and a Greek yogurt fortified whipped cream. I’ll definitely be making it again!

  13. This was very easy (foolproof) and delicious. The perfect dessert for after a big meal.

  14. Delicious tart! Loved bringing it for Easter lunch today. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  15. Absolutely delicious! I made this tart for our Easter desert. It came together so easily, and it was the perfect finish.

  16. Cindy Spradlin says:

    Made this for Easter brunch and everyone thought I bought it from a bakery! Was as delicious as it looked. Thanks for the wonderful recipe and tips!

  17. My husband thought he wouldn’t like this because he doesn’t like lemon, but he was wrong! This is a wonderful dessert to reintroduce lemon to someone who doesn’t like lemon. It was light, creamy and delicately flavoured. I made a strawberry swirl. It reminded me of strawberry lemonade.
    I don’t have a pie plate or a tart pan, so I made it in an 8×8 baking pan without problem.

  18. This was so easy to put together and the taste is perfection. Not too sweet and not too tart. I can see myself making this often.

  19. This recipe is so easy. I made it as Sally instructed with blueberries. It is delicious and beautiful to look at. It has the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Everyone that tried it raved about it and I was asked to make it again by several people. Thank you!

  20. I saw this recipe and decided I would finally use the tart pan that I’ve had for years but hadn’t used.
    I’m so glad I did. It was a great success…it came together so easily. I followed Sally’s advice from some reviews and refrigerated the dough in the pan before I baked it so the crust wouldn’t shrink…it worked perfectly.
    I would also recommended making some extra blueberry sauce as everyone wanted just that little bit more on the side.

  21. Lauren Collier says:

    This recipe was so quick and easy to whip up, yet looks and tastes super impressive. I made this for my family for Easter, and even my husband who hates anything lemon went back for seconds! My brother said his favorite part was the crust, which was perfectly crisp and buttery. Would definitely make this again in the future!

  22. What a delicious tart! It came together so easily and felt perfect for Spring. I don’t have a tart pan so I did use a pie dish as recommended, but I might get a tart pan just to make this again! Yum!

  23. Julie Oliver says:

    This is everything I want in a dessert: It looks fancy, tastes divine, and was easy to put together. I loved the way the crust worked. The melted butter made it supper easy to press into the pan and it tasted like a cookie. Yum! Also, any dessert with sweetened condensed milk is going to be good because that’s how sweetened condensed milk works. I made whipped cream and gently marbled the left over blueberry sauce into that, so it looked posher than it had a right to.

  24. Sally, I feel like it’s a true testament to how much I trust your recipes and how truly wonderful and foolproof they are that I confidently made this tart for Easter brunch with my in-laws (I’m a relatively newlywed), never having tried the recipe or made a tart before ! Needless to say, it was a huge hit, beautiful and absolutely delicious!

    1. Lexi @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Thank you so much, Caroline! We’re thrilled this was a hit with your family. Appreciate your kind feedback!

  25. Loved how easy it was make the tart! Made it the day before and had it for Easter. Everyone was raving about it!

  26. This tart recipe is a keeper! So delicious and so easy to follow. Thank you!

  27. Sarah Rozema says:

    This recipe was so easy to make and absolutely delicious!! It’s a perfect lemon flavour and smooth and creamy! I can’t wait to make it again!!

  28. Anna Heiliger says:

    Sooooo good! This recipe is a keeper for sure. So tangy and light! My family preferred this to our prior favorite, Sally’s creamy lemon pie.

  29. I loved the recipe this month! It was stress-free and delicious. I had already planned to make a lemon dessert for Easter so this was right on time. I had never made a shortbread crust before, but I loved how easy it was. And it’s buttery sweetness was just right. I didn’t have time to get a tart pan so I used my 9-inch pie pan. The crust slipped a little in the blind bake. I stretched it back a little when I added the filling, and it worked just fine. We all loved it! The blueberry swirl gave just the right balance to the tart lemon. Even my husband who doesn’t like lemon praised it. Thank you for another great recipe!

  30. This was good! Very rich. Easy to make, great flavor combination. I used a glass pie plate as that’s what I had, but was a bit unhappy with the crust. The crust really cooked unevenly – was still on the greasy side in the thicker areas on the bottom, while getting quite brown around the upper edges. I baked with filling for 17 mins – filling was firm, softer in the center and more like the texture of cheesecake toward the edges. First slice was difficult to get out of the pan; it stuck and broke apart, but once I got it free the next slice came out cleanly.

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