I made this yummy lemon curd version when I discovered I had no jam in the house! It’s currently posted on The Great British Bake Off site too 🙂
Includes ‘top tips’:
- Freeze or chill your butter and grate in to flour for speed, ease, and to create a beautifully crisp pastry that you don’t need to work too much
- Roll your pastry between cling film – keeps your surfaces clean, controls moisture and gives a smooth, clean pastry.
- Blind bake your pastry with coins on baking parchment if you don’t have baking beans.
- After blind baking, bake for a further 3-4 minutes with an egg-white wash to seal your pastry and protect from a soggy bottom.
125g (5 heaped tbps) plain flour
75g very cold butter (I always use salted butter)
25g (1tbsp) caster sugar
1 egg yolk
1 egg white
Ingredients for the filling
150g room temperature butter
150g caster sugar
150g ground almonds
2 tsp almond extract
zest of 1 lemon
flaked almonds for decoration
Freeze the pastry butter and grate in to the flour – this makes it a quick and easy pastry with little rubbing required and keeps the pastry cold too! Add the sugar and mix lightly with a fork. Then add the fork-whipped egg yolk and as much cold water (or as little) to bind together to a dry ball. Chill in cling film for around 20-30 minutes.
Roll the chilled pastry in between to sheets of clingfilm. This keeps your surfaces clean, and saves you drying out the pastry. Roll to thickness no more than 4mm and wide enough to cover your dish.
I use disposable foil flan cases.
Prick the surface of the pastry and chill again. Once chilled put in a pre-heated over (180C) for around 18 minutes with a baking paper and coin/baking beans cover on the base.
Remove the sheet and coins/beans and lightly cover the base with fork-whipped egg white. The white only needs to be slightly broken down so that it covers without lumps, not whisked.
Bake for another 3 minutes.
Let the pastry cool whilst you make the filling.
Cream the butter and sugar and then add the fork-whipped eggs a little at a time. Add the ground almonds, lemon zest, and almond extract.
Cover the base of the pastry with a layer of lemon curd, as much as you like – but remember that the more you layer, the less control you have over where it end up once your filling is added!
Add your filling starting at the outside, working around and then filling the very middle. Top with flaked almonds and bake for 40-50 minutes.
It will bloom up and give a beautifully rounded top. Best served with cold cream.
Do let me know how it ended up for you.