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Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

I’m not usually a lemon kind of girl. Dessert, to me, is chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Fruit tarts, lemon bars, and fruity crumbles on restaurant menus will always be skipped over in favor of the rich chocolate cakes and caramel custards. Maybe I’m missing out, but I’m never disappointed.

To be honest I was quite tempted to turn this into a chocolate lemon tart. An unusual combination, maybe, but it sounded intriguing and certainly more my style than plain old lemon.

However, I felt that my last precious Meyer lemons of the season deserved a more fitting send-off, a tribute that highlighted their vibrant yellow color and tart-sweet flavor, instead of being drowned in chocolate.

Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

I’ll admit, this tart satisfies even the most devout chocolate-lover. It’s delightfully tart and lusciously creamy. I added a bit of a twist with the macadamia nut shortbread crust, which adds a buttery richness that compliments the vibrant lemon filling perfectly. Not to mention it circumvents the need for a temperamental pastry crust.

Granted, I probably won’t make a habit out of replacing my beloved chocolate desserts with lighter, fruitier ones, but in this case, it was a nice change of pace.

Meyer Lemon Macadamia Nut Tart

Yield: 1 9-inch or 4-by-15-inch tart

Total Time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

For Crust:

  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon cold water

For Filling:

  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (7 ounces) sugar
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Meyer lemon zest (from 4 to 5 lemons)
  • 2/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (from 4 to 5 lemons)
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream, chilled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. To prepare the crust, place macadamia nuts in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until finely ground. Add flour and sugar and pulse until combined. Sprinkle cubes of butter over top. Pulse until just combined; drizzle in water and pulse one or two more times or until evenly moistened. Dough will be crumbly, but should come together when pinched with your fingers.
  3. Dump dough into a 9-inch-round or 4-by-15-inch rectangle tart pan with removable bottom. Firmly press dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly while you prepare the filling.
  4. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in the sugar until combined, followed by the lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt. Add the butter and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens slightly and reaches 170 degrees, about 5 minutes. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer and into a heat-proof bowl; stir in the heavy cream.
  5. Pour the filling mixture into the warm tart shell. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the filling is shiny and opaque and the center jiggles slightly when shaken, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely to room temperature, about 1 1/2 hours, then refrigerate until ready to serve.

Filling recipe from America's Test Kitchen.

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  1. 1
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:38 am

    I was saying something similar the other day – why would anyone ever order any kind of cake that wasn’t chocolate? Madness! Saying that, this tart is gorgeous and I love the idea of that macademia nut crust!

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  2. 2
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Lindsay, this tart is absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. 3
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:54 am

    What a lovely tart! I love what you did with the powdered sugar. And I love the macadamia nut crust. Perfect!

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  4. 4
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:04 am

    So beautiful! I totally agree about fruit desserts – I will always pick the “death by chocolate” dessert on any menu! But just the idea of a macadamia crust could convince me to try this out.

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  5. 5
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:18 am

    This is beautiful Lindsay! One of these days I swear I’m going to get my hands on some meyer lemons. I don’t usually see them up here, but my store kind of sucks so that could be why.

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  6. 6
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is the second recipe I’ve seen in one month for Meyer lemon/macadamia crusted tarts. I totally need to make this. It’s gorgeous, and using macadamias as a crust sounds so intriguing and delicious!

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  7. 7
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Wow! It looks gorgeous! I am drooling right now :D

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  8. 8
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I am also not a lemon kind of girl, but this looks delicious, and I really like the decoration. How did you come with something like this? I wish I could be so creative.
    Best Regards,
    Ana

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  9. 9
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I am drooling–this looks marvelous and I bet the taste is unbelievable! I will definitely make this one; we use to grow Meyer lemons when we lived in California and I know the flavor well, XOXO

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  10. 10
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    This is beautiful. I just made a macadamia nut lemon tart a couple weeks ago on my blog. They pair so nicely!!! Your photos are stunning!!

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  11. 11
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

    This is the prettiest tart I think I have ever seen! Breathtaking!!

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  12. 12
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Wow, it looks so delicious. The colors are amazing!

    Regards!

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  13. 13
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:51 am

    not only does this sound fresh and delicious, I think I can classify this as stunning as well – so bright and beautiful! macadamias make such a rich buttery crust, what a great addition to this tart!

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  14. 14
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Totally agree – fruity desserts is something like an oxymoron ;)
    But this tart does look delicious!

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  15. 15
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Ahhh this sound like an amazing desert! I truly love Meyer lemons! Such a sweet citrus! Cant wait to try this delightful desert!

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  16. 16
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 10:23 am

    This looks so beautiful! Lemon and macadamia nuts, I’m there!

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  17. 17
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

    This is an absolutely beautiful tart. I love this gorgeous lemon color that is making me anxiously await spring now! Gorgeous photos!

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  18. 18
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

    This looks amazing. I absolutely adore anything lemon, so I will have to make this!

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  19. 19
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I for one adore lemon desserts so I’m thrilled to see this recipe- looks amazing.

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  20. 20
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This looks amazing! Definitely going to attempt this – love how its not in the convential round tin either!

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  21. 21
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I can’t think of anything that I want more than this right now. Oh my!

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  22. 22
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    That yellow color is insane; it just makes me want to jump in headfirst. Yum!

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  23. 23
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Gorgeous tart. It’s just soooo bright and cheery and love the round/sugar shapes. So creative and fun. And lemony! Just saw you work on Naomi’s site…so pretty!

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  24. 24
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the heads up that Meyer lemon season is almost over. I’ll have to snag some more before it’s too late. Also love how you decorated the top.

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  25. 25
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    So pretty!! :-)

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  26. 26
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning! What a gorgeous tart!

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  27. 27
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Stunning! I love lemon anything and this tart is so appealing. Love how you’ve decorated it.

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  28. 28
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    It looks so pretty!

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  29. 29
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I know what you mean about chocolate, chocolate, chocolate… but I also know what you mean about delightfully tart and sweet. I think lemon bars are my only sub for chocolate. these look amazing! I love the powdered sugar detail.

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  30. 30
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    This looks divine! Was it your “beer widow” dessert? Meaning, one you made while your husband was off drinking lots of beer? ;)

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  31. 31
    Priscy
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    What if you made this tart with white chocolate and lemon? :P I also read David Lebovitz’s blog, and that is a combination in some of his recipes. :)

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  32. 32
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    So gorgeous! I love the presentation. I really wish I could reach through the screen and grab a slice because I am craving this right now!

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  33. 33
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    This looks GORGEOUS!!!

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  34. 34
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Stunning. So absolutely beautiful and vibrant! If I’m not having vanilla bean or mint-chip, I’m usually a lemon gal. And the combination with macadamia nuts sounds just perfect! So so lovely.

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  35. 35
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    The powdered sugar topping is perfect. Its both simple and elegant.

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  36. 36
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Love Meyer lemons! The color is like a ray of sunshine and I bet the flavor is too!

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  37. 37
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Lindsay, this looks so good! Your photography is stunning and the recipe sounds delicious!

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  38. 38
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    I’m usually a chocolate kind of girl too, but I also really love lemony desserts! This is gorgeous!

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  39. 39
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    AHH! while I love chocolate, I am a also a BIG fan of lemon tarts, and this one is so beautiful. my mouth is seriously watering!

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  40. 40
    Posted On March 4, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    I just had my first taste of lemon bars a few months ago — definitely chocolate beats everything to the tee.

    But this looks so scrumptious and I love meyer lemons, so that’s a plus :)

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  41. 41
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Just brilliant! Im in love!!!! ~

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  42. 42
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Geez, Girl! This is freaking gorgeous! I’ve got some Meyers in my fridge and now you have me inspired to do something w/ them!!

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  43. 43
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’ll never pass up chocolate, but I’m so glad you stuck with the lemon…this is gorgeous!!!

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  44. 44
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    What a beautiful burst of color! I love the idea of using macadamia nuts to produce a crust – how original. A treat to definitely try!

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  45. 45
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 9:39 am

    the photo alone makes me want to try this recipe.. i have great admiration for food photography, it is a true skill!

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  46. 46
    Amy
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

    What a beautiful photograph! I love lemon tart and make it quite often. I like the idea of macadamia pastry and will give this a go.

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  47. 47
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    I love lemon! This looks amazing. Gorgeous pictures!

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  48. 48
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    i love lemon…i would go for this whole thing over chocolate….i wish i was sitting here typying eating this tart…meyer lemons yes please over and over again.

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  49. 49
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    beyond gorgeous Lindsay. :) It is so pretty – it looks like a piece of art! I love lemon desserts so much this time of year. Well, any time of year really.

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  50. 50
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous!!!

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  51. 51
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This tart looks divine. I love chocolate, but I adore anything lemon. It’s hard to choose between the two.

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  52. 52
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    This looks amazing! I’m a total chocoholic, as well, but I know I’d love this. I love your design with the confectioners’ sugar!

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  53. 53
    Posted On March 5, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I am obsessed with meyer lemons! The only way I use them is in lemon tarts :P

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  54. 54
    Posted On March 6, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I’m like you. I’ll choose something chocolaty 9 times out of 10. But, I could definitely see choosing this as my exception. Looks delicious Lindsey! The photographs are stunning.

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  55. 55
    Posted On March 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    You are speaking my language! Fruit will never replace chocolate for me, but a nice lemon dessert is so refreshing sometimes. This looks absolutely wonderful!

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  56. 56
    Posted On March 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I love the way you decorated the dessert with a doily stencil, so pretty!

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  57. 57
    Posted On March 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    YUM!

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  58. 58
    Posted On March 7, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Love lemons! I baked lemon meringue cupcakes the other day – and sorry, I always choose lemon and fruit cakes before chocolate :-) Love how you decorated the cake with the powder sugar!
    Best regards, Ulrika

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  59. 59
    Posted On March 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    This is STUNNING. Geez. I love how you used paper doilies to decorate the top. I am also totally a chocolate dessert kind of girl, but am currently working my way through a box of meyer lemons.

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  60. 60
    Solipsa
    Posted On March 8, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I am never the one for lemons in desserts but man oh man! that is the prettiest dessert I have seen in a long long time!. So fresh and inviting…

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  61. 61
    Posted On March 9, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Meyer lemon curd is a favorite of mine. This is beautiful. I love the way you sprinkled the powdered sugar. Very pretty!

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  62. 62
    Posted On March 9, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I’m a sucker for lemon desserts and this looks right up my alley! Super nice :)

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  63. 63
    Posted On March 10, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Gorgeous, Lindsay! I’m a chocolate lover, too…will always go for the chocolate, caramel, coconut and nut desserts over fruity ones. But, I’m down for “lusciously creamy” any day of the week!

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  64. 64
    Posted On March 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Your tart looks absolutely stunning, such a gorgeous sunny yellow colour :) I bet it tastes divine too!

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  65. 65
    Posted On March 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you very much for the recipe Lindsay! I tried it last week, with minor changes, and the result was awesome!!
    Actually, it has become the first post of my brand new blog:
    http://not2latetocraft.blogspot.com.es/2013/03/pastis-de-llimona-i-ametlla-lemon.html

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  66. 66
    Lainey
    Posted On March 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I just made it tonight for an Easter dinner and it was D I V I N E and just as beautiful as it is in your picture. It is definitely a keeper recipe that I’m sure I’ll be going back to. Thanks again! :)

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  67. 67
    Posted On April 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Wow…this is quite literally the most gorgeous lemon tart I have ever seen! STUNNING! You are seriously an amazing photographer. And chef. This is one I will definitely make!

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    MotherSquid
    Posted On September 3, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    This recipe looks fabulous! I adore Meyer lemons & have a tree in the yard but fruit won’t be ripe until January. But I will mos def be trying this as soon as I can buy Meyers…Your interpretation is very pretty…

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