Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

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St. Patrick’s Day nears. Let’s celebrate with a scrumptious Irish Lemon Pudding Tart!

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

Mind you, this is “pudding” in more of a British/Irish sense, meaning a dessert. Don’t expect this to have the texture of American Jell-O pudding.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

No, this is delightfully fluffy because egg whites are beaten stiff and folded in right at the end, adding loft light texture.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

Make no mistake: this tart takes work. It dirties a lot of bowls.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

But wow, does it taste like something special. I certainly can’t find anything like this in stores around the southwest US.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

Even better, this tart keeps very well in the fridge for at least a week. Just keep it covered by foil.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

This isn’t a super-sweet dessert. The fresh lemon flavor is at the forefront. Really, this is a perfect spring or summer dessert. Or breakfast. Or snack.

Bready or Not: Irish Lemon Pudding Tart

This delicious tart is a little work, but it's fluffy, lemony goodness will be well worth the effort! Serve this for a special brunch or dessert.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: lemon, pie, tart
Author: Beth Cato


  • 9-inch springform pan
  • parchment paper



  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 stick
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 2 eggs whites and yolks, divided
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 large lemons zested and juiced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups milk or substitute 1 cup half & half plus 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract


Make the crust:

  • Cut parchment paper to fit inside springform pan. Apply nonstick spray; place parchment circle inside, then spray again to coat the entire inside of pan.
  • Melt butter in microwave or on stovetop.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, and salt. Pour in the butter. Use hands to knead ingredients together until they can form a ball. Flatten out handfuls and place in prepared pan, forming an even layer across the bottom and up about 2/3 of the height of the pan walls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees.
  • Take pan out of fridge. Use a fork to prick bottom and sides of crust all over. Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to prepare filling.

Make the pudding:

  • Place the egg whites in a bowl that can accommodate a hand mixer. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and beat until fluffy. Add lemon zest, juice, and lemon extract. Beat until smooth; add flour, and mix until just blended. Pour in milk and incorporate. Batter will look thin with bubbles at the edges of the bowl.
  • Return to the egg white bowl. Use a hand mixer to beat until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold whites until batter without losing too much volume. It's okay if there are still some lumps. Pour batter into crust.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until middle is set and passes toothpick test. Let cool completely.
  • Unlock sides of springform pan. Store on base disc of pan, or move to another dish, if desired. Keep draped by foil in fridge for up to a week. Serve cold or slightly warmed.