Chef Chuck's Lemon Torta

Torta di Limone

A lovely lemon dessert, so cool and refreshing. Fresh organic lemon filling nestled in a shortbread crust, topped with a cool homemade whip cream. The whip cream accented the lemon flavors.

Lemon Torta

1 1/3 cup flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
2 egg yolks
zest of 1 lemon

Lemon Filling
juice of 5 lemons,
almost 1 cup
10 tablespoons butter
6 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
powdered sugar or whip cream

Whip Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

To prepare pastry, I used a food processor and blended the flour, salt and sugar. Then added small chunks of butter then egg yolks and lemon zest. Knead on a lightly floured board to combine till smooth, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Let dough rest on counter 15 minutes or so then start rolling to fit a 9 inch pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Filling is prepared while dough is baking. Melt butter in a small pan, set aside. In a saucepan whisk eggs and sugar then cornstarch. Slowly pour in melted butter, and add lemon juice. Continue to whisk for 10 minutes till lemon filling has thickened. Pour in baked pastry and bake an additional 10 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Top with powdered sugar or whip cream. Combine whip cream and powdered sugar in a mixer till stiff peaks form.


  1. You just helped me decide what will be on my dessert menu today :) You kill me with your lemony offerings and this looks just scrumptious!

  2. yes very refreshing! that middle, that middle is to die for. very nice.

  3. Hello YankeeSoaper, I am glad I can help!
    Have a wonderful Sunday dinner:~)

  4. Hi Dawn! Refreshing it is! I agree, the texture in the middle...!
    Thank you :~)

  5. Beautiful and delicious! Just love the solid and firm lemon filling topped with whipped cream :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  6. Hello Kris, So true the firmness of the filling was justthe right texture! The cream mellowed the lemon. Thank you :)

  7. OK,I want some NOW! Did I say that? : ) That looks A-mazing. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hello Jodi Nina! Yes you said that! I understand your needs and rightfully so!! Our tastebuds are similar, Italian I guess! This lemon torta is amazing the lemon goodness just climbs out at you... O "yes", the cream the crust what more can I say~
    Thank you and your welcome, ;~)

  9. My better half made this and it was superb!
    Increased workouts to follow....Science Guy

  10. Hello, Happy to hear it is scientifically proven to be superb :)) Thank you, and Happy Thanksgiving to you both.

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  12. Hello Federica!!! Thank you so much for your comment!!
    I also enjoy your recipes :)

  13. Do you cook the filling while it is in the sauce pan?

  14. Hello, Yes you cook the filling in a sauce pan, then fill and bake. Enjoy :)
    Thank you!