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Many of you are familiar with my longstanding crush on Meyer lemons and brown butter (in everything!). However, pairing pistachios with the two is an unexpected yet entirely welcome flavor profile. Roasted pistachios and brown butter add richness to the crust on these tartlets; the Meyer lemon filling is reminiscent of the best lemon bar.

Meyer Lemon Pistachio Tartlets | Tutti Dolci

Topped with candied pistachios for crunch, these tartlets are simply sublime. Rich and satisfying, the size is ideal for sharing if you feel so inclined, though I would not blame you for hoarding every last crumb!

Meyer Lemon Pistachio Tartlets | Tutti Dolci

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Meyer Lemon-Pistachio Tartlets

  • Yield: 6 tartlets

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup shelled roasted pistachios, finely ground
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter

Filling

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Meyer lemon zest (zest of 2 lemons)
  • 1/3 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • pinch of salt

Candied Pistachios

  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • 6 Tbsp shelled roasted pistachios
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray six 3 1/2-inch tartlet pans with nonstick spray; place on a rimmed baking sheet. Whisk together flour, ground pistachios, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add brown butter to flour mixture and stir until incorporated. Press 1/4 cup mixture in the bottom and up the sides of prepared tartlet pans. Bake for 10 minutes, until slightly puffed and set.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare filling. Lightly whisk eggs in a medium bowl. Whisk in sugar, Meyer lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, and salt until smooth. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and slowly pour filling over hot tartlet shells; return to oven and bake until filling is firm, 12 to 13 minutes. Cool tartlets completely on wire rack before releasing from pans, then cover and place in the refrigerator until chilled.
  4. For the candied pistachios, increase oven temperature to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together sugar and hot water in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add pistachios and turbinado sugar; toss to coat. Spread the pistachios in a single layer and bake until crisp, about 8 minutes. Let cool, then break into pieces.
  5. When ready to serve, dust tartlets with powdered sugar and top with candied pistachios. Store leftover tartlets overnight in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

If you don’t have unshelled pistachios, quickly shell the pistachios by using an empty shell as leverage to get into the crack. Twist and the shell will open easily. Candied pistachios from Food & Wine.


Nutrition

  • Calories: 440
  • Carbohydrates: 60

Hi, I’m Laura and welcome to Tutti Dolci, a baking and desserts blog celebrating all things sweet. Featuring beautiful, approachable recipes for everyday and entertaining, I love to put my own twist on classic desserts and inspire a passion for baking.

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33 comments

  1. These tarts look delicious, Laura! I had no idea that candied pistachios were a thing…. I love candied nuts, and will definitely be giving them a try.

    Also… your photos are gorgeous (as always. 🙂 )

  2. Yum! this is everything i love in a tartlet 😀
    lemons are the best aren’t they – and all this in combo with browned butter and pistachios – you’re onto a winner 🙂
    thanks for the recipe!

    Bec {Daisy and the Fox}

  3. I can see why you would have an addiction to Meyer Lemons. They are so tart and vibrant and in these tarts. . .I bet each bite brings a summery burst of freshness. This is just what we need right now as a gentle reminder that winter is on her way out.

    1. Yes, you can use regular lemons but you may find that you need to increase the sugar in the filling – Meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons. Hope that helps!

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