We've been having beautiful, just-the-right-kind-of-warm sunny days and chilly autumn nights here in the Midwest. An Indian summer of sorts. Maybe not in the truest sense of the definition, but if I can describe what we're having as some type of summer, then I'll go with it. Did anyone ever see that Big Chill-esque early 90's movie, Indian Summer? Don't. Or do. Ok, it's one of those strange guilty pleasure movies of mine.
But on to the tartlets! These lemon tartlets are bright and sweet, with a hint of thyme. The pairing is perfect. Both the lemon curd and tartlet crust use coconut oil, keeping them dairy-free in addition to the gluten-free goodness. Make the lemon curd the night before for easy assembly.
Lemon Tartlets With Thyme Crust (gluten-free + dairy-free)
- 2 cups almond meal/flour packed
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut oil melted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Lemon curd filling:
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice about 3 medium lemons
- 6 large egg yolks
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or place paper liners in a muffin tin (paper liners make this super simple!).
- Start with the lemon curd, as it will need time to chill (this can be done the night before). In a medium saucepan, combine maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, egg yolks, and sea salt. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
- With a fine sieve, strain into a bowl. Whisk in melted coconut oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap, making sure wrap touches surface so a film does not form, and chill for at least an hour.
- For the tartlet crust, in a medium bowl, whisk together almond meal, baking soda, and salt. Add melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to mixture using a fork. Fold in thyme until evenly distributed.
- Divide crust dough evenly in muffin tins, pressing firmly on bottom and up the sides about midway. Bake for 15 minutes or until crust starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool in tin on rack for at least 10 minutes, then remove from tin and cool on rack for the remainder. If not assembling tartlets immediately, cover and place in fridge until you are ready.
- To assemble tartlets, scoop lemon curd into crusts and garnish with thyme. Will keep in an airtight container in fridge for up to two days, but best served fresh.