Luscious passionfruit and lemon sweetness are combined in this gorgeous tart! Really easy to make, packed full of zingy flavour and great served with fresh berries.
Originally posted in April 2015, recipe and photographs updated May 2023.
I’m sharing this absolutely gorgeous Passionfruit Lemon Tart. I’ve been making this recipe for years now and it’s a definite favourite springtime/summertime dessert of mine and my family.
The most perfect, buttery and crisp, sweet shortcrust pastry is topped with a silky smooth passionfruit and lemon filling. Once you’ve tried a piece of this tart, you’ll find it impossible to put your fork down!
Since I’ve started food blogging and attended culinary college/school, I have developed a love for making my own sweet pastry and tarts. I love how many variations and recipes can be made out of one pastry recipe. The addition of icing sugar is the trade “secret” to exceptionally light and crisp pastry – that’s something my mum has taught me to use when making sweet pastry.
You’ll bake your pastry case until lightly golden and set it aside to cool.
Now, we move onto the filling. To describe it, it’s incredibly creamy, fruity, sweet and oh-so good! Another important step I now do, is leave the tart to chill overnight in the fridge. Though that’s really hard because all you want to do is devour the whole thing, it really is such a crucial step.
I discovered why chilling is super important the first time I made this tart. I remember when I first made the recipe, I allowed it to cool to room temperature and then made the error of cutting straight in. The slice revealed was unset, but as an experiment, I popped the remaining tart into the fridge and left it there overnight. In the morning, it was now fully set and each slice came out flawless. The flavours had also developed and the tart tasted even more delicious.
The errors I’d made on the first bake were rectified and the very next tart I made was the perfect recipe and made its way onto the blog!
This tart serves 8 generous slices, even more if you cut it slightly thinner. It’s a lovely dessert recipe for spring/summer and goes wonderfully paired with fresh berries and some whipped cream or ice cream, if desired.
It’s a pâtisserie-worthy dessert, sure to be loved by many!
Passionfruit Lemon Tart
- 200 g plain flour
- Small pinch of salt omit if using salted butter
- 115 g butter (salted or unsalted) cubed and chilled
- 25 g icing sugar sifted
- 1 medium or large egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 4-5 passionfruit
- Juice and zest from 1 lemon
- 150ml double cream
- 4 tablespoons crème fraîche
- 85 g caster or granulated sugar
- 2 medium or large eggs
- 2 medium or large egg yolks
- To make the pastry: Tip the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. Add the cubed butter and, using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the icing sugar. In a small bowl, blend together the egg yolk and water. Once mixed, add this wet mixture to the flour mixture and mix to form a dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Wrap in clingfilm and leave in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 200°C / 180°C / 400 °F / Gas Mark 6. Lightly flour a work surface, roll the pastry out and line a 23cm / 9-inch loose-bottomed fluted tart tin. Chill in the fridge for a further 20 minutes - this prevents the pastry from shrinking in the case.
- Prick the base of the pastry with a fork, line with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Bake the tart case in the preheated oven on a baking tray for 10 minutes. Then remove the baking paper and baking beans and return the pastry case back to the oven for a further 5-10 minutes until it's turned a light golden colour and set aside to cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C° / 160°C / 350 °F / Gas Mark 4.
- To make the filling: Halve the passionfruit and scoop out the seeds and flesh into a sieve that's placed over a jug or bowl. Reserve the seeds and pulp, press with the back of a spoon until you have 75ml of passionfruit juice in the jug (I needed 5 passionfruit for this amount). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the passionfruit juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, double cream, crème fraîche, sugar, eggs and egg yolks until smooth. Pour into the pastry case.
- To bake and serve: Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until set. Leave to cool in the tin, then place the tart in the fridge for a further 4 hours or overnight. Serve chilled topped with extra passionfruit pulp, berries and pouring/whipped cream, if desired. The tart will keep stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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83 thoughts on “Passionfruit Lemon Tart”
Thanks so much! 😀
Oh YUM! This tart looks super gorgeous and tempting! 🙂
Thanks so much! 😀 It was really good!
Wow! This is one of my favourite desserts. Ever. I love it when the filling is really zesty. Great with a cheeky bit of clotted cream! Yours looks great.
Thanks Karinna! Lemon tart is such a beautiful dessert, definitely one of my favourites! Love serving this with clotted cream too!
I absolutely adore Lemons and as long as there are no passion fruit seeds involved I am in!
Thanks Lynette! All the beautiful flavour from the passionfruit pulp and juice (minus the seeds) is packed into the tart! It’s so delicious!
I didn’t know you were in blogging and culinary school! That’s so cool!
This looks great – and I love your dress 🙂
Thanks so much Josefine! 😀 Yes – I’m lucky enough to be enrolled at culinary school (almost for the last 2 years!). Glad you like the tart recipe and my dress!
I didn’t realize you are in culinary school, Jess…awesome! Also, I’m so jealous that you have passionfruit over there. I can’t seem to find them anywhere here. Maybe I just need to move to Europe… 🙂
Thanks so much David! Yes – I’ve been at culinary school for the last 2 years almost! 😀 Passionfruit is honestly my favourite fruit – it’s very exotic and delicious in many dessert recipes! Definitely need to send you some over to the States! 😀
Ahh I’m so jealous you’re in culinary school! It must be a blast to get to learn so much every day! This tart looks divine. So perfect. I’m totally into the lemon/citrus flavors for spring right now, and this is something I could definitely see myself making, maybe even as a special treat for mother’s day! Great recipe!
Thanks so much Heather! Glad you really like the tart recipe! 😀 I love citrus recipes so much – definitely going to be sharing lots more over the summertime!
I have so much fun at culinary school – I get to learn lots and make many delicious recipes every day! 😀
looks delicious! never baked with passionfruit before…why am I so scared of it?!
Thanks so much! So happy you like it! 😀 Passionfruit is one of my all time favourite ingredients to bake with – so delicious! You should definitely give it a try!
This lemon passionfruit tart is everything! I’d eat the whole thing. Love lemon treats.
Thanks Jen! It’s definitely one of my favourite desserts to make and eat!
This is one absolutely beautiful tart! Like wowza!!!
Thanks Jocelyn! 😀
Looks beautiful! Where do you find passion fruit? I have had to resort to growing my own as I can’t find it anywhere including frozen concentrate. Last year was the first year for my vines so I got no fruit. I am hoping for more this year. If I can find passion fruit juice on the internet, would that suffice?
Thanks so much! 😀 We can get passionfruit here in many of high-chain supermarkets! I’d definitely say you could use any passionfruit juice for this recipe. Hope you get a chance to give it a try!
Oh wow! This tart looks incredible. And passionfruit! I’m crazy in love with them!
Thanks so much Alice! 😀
Luscious is the right word to describe this tempting slice of deliciousness..
Haha – thank you! So pleased you like it! 😀
What a beautiful tart, Jess! I could certainly use a slice right now!
Thanks Eva! 😀
What a beautiful dessert!! I’ve never tried baking with passionfruit before, sounds great with lemon!
Thanks Jenna! 😀
Oh what a pretty tart, Jess! Such a great idea to combine lemon and passion fruit. Sounds so delicious!
Thanks so much Gayle! 😀
LOVE PASSIONFRUIT! This looks amazing! I haven’t been able to find them anywhere in Los Angeles though 🙁
Thanks Melissa! Passionfruit is one of my favourite fruits! So good. 😀 When you can find some you have to make this tart! Glad you like the recipe!
This is so pretty! I’ve never had passionfruit but this looks amazing 🙂
Thanks so much Medha! 😀
Looks absolutely perfect for a summery tart 🙂
Thanks so much Phi! 😀
One word: Wow!
Love passion fruit! In Brazil it’s so easy to find, but here in NYC I haven’t seen it, which is frustrating because I have so many Brazilian recipes that asks for it!
Thanks Olivia! Passion fruit is definitely one of my favourite fruits – so tasty!
What a wonderful flavor combination! I love lemon desserts and I love that you’ve also added passionfruit. Just delicious.
Thanks Marissa! 😀
Yum, that looks so good. 🙂
This tart looks perfect! I love light, bright desserts like this. Yum!
What a beauty! I’m love to try fresh passionfruit. I’ve only had it in flavored waters.
Gorgeous tart! Can’r stop looking at it! Love passion fruit! Pinned!
Wow, this tart looks amazing! I love the raspberries you put on top too! They really complement the tart!
Thanks so much Shelby! x
This looks beautiful Jess! I need to make this now!
Thanks so much Sam!
You have such an amazing set of experiences, Jess 🙂 I love reading about them. I’ve been seeing lots more summery fruit stuff lately but this one is just divine!
Thanks so much Ala! I’m very lucky to be able to study something I’m really passionate about everyday! 😀 Glad you like the recipe! x
Jess, this tart is beautiful! I’m with you – I will almost always choose a lemon or tart flavored dessert over chocolate. I wish I could have a piece of this one whether or not it is chilled to perfection!
Thanks so much Rachelle! 😀
Mmm that tart looks SO lemony and scrumptious, Jess!! And I love the added passionfruit flavor, that’s gotta taste amazing!! 🙂
Thanks so much Christina! 😀
I’m agree with you Jess, this tarte looks parfait to start the spring ! Love your blue dress as well 😉
Thank you so much Eva! Glad you like it! ☺️ X
Ooo thanks for sharing your culinary school secrets with us! Note to self: powdered sugar is where it’s at! Love the tropical sweet tart filling in this!
Thanks so much Joanne! 😀
This is such a beautiful tart, Jess! It really looks so delicate and professional. Passion fruit have got to be my absolute favourite fruit. My mother in law in Australia grows them in her garden and the whole family fight over them!
Thanks so much Helen! 😀 I would love to grow my own passionfruit! So delicious and the flavour works brilliantly in this tart!
Oh my gosh, this looks so good. Can you believe I’ve never had passion fruit? I honestly don’t even know if you can buy it around where I live. But I think I need to go on the hunt now!! PS– I love your swan dress!! <3
Thanks Jess! 😀
Beautiful tart! The flavours sound beautiful too. I’m a huge fan of passion fruit at the moment, I try and bake with it as often as possible. I’ll be book marking your recipe for summer barbecues and family dinners.
Jennie // Scarletscorchdroppers
Thanks Jennie! I’m so pleased you like the recipe! 😀 It would definitely make a great addition to a summer barbecue for dessert! x
I am pinning this ASAP! Passion fruit is my very favorite flavor and I basically have to make any passion fruit dessert I find. Can’t wait to try this version!
Thanks so much Elizabeth! 😀 Hope you enjoy!!
I love passion fruit and really need to make this soon!!
Thanks Zainab! Hope you do! 😀
Yum!!! It’s so hard to find passion fruit here but I love it so. Looks amazing!
Thanks – glad you like the recipe, Maya! 😀
It looks stunning! I think the raspberries on the edge really make it. 🙂
I didn’t think tarte au citron could be made any better – think I’ve just been proved wrong! I need to have a slice (aka the whole darn tart) of this right now!!
Thanks so much! 😀 Glad you like it! x
What a lovely dessert!