French Orange Tart Recipe

orange tart
Orange Tart. Gaelle COHEN - Orange Tart
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 servings
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This easy orange tart recipe is a sweet twist on the classic citrus tart sold in pastry shops everywhere. Not that there is anything wrong with the lemon version, this one is a little less sharp and a lot sweeter. 

A small dollop of Chantilly cream served with the dessert makes the ideal treat.

What You'll Need

  • Pastry:
  • 1 1/4 cups flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (granulated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons butter (cold)
  • 3 tablespoons water (cold)
  • Orange Filling:
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or crème fraiche)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup orange juice (fresh)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 4 teaspoons zest (orange)

How to Make It

In a small bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, large-tined fork, or a food processor on pulse setting, cut the chilled butter into the flour until it resembles coarse sand with a few pea-sized pieces of butter still visible. Sprinkle the cold water onto the mixture and toss a few times gently, just until it forms a ball that holds together.

Separate the dough into two balls, flatten slightly into thick disk shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for several hours before working with it.

Preheat an oven to 375F. Roll and trim the dough to make a circle large enough to fit a 10-inch fluted tart pan. Fit the circle into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Line the line the dough with pie weights or dried beans and bake it for 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and bake the shell for an additional 5 minutes. Set aside the pastry shell, still in the tart pan, to cool.

In a double boiler or a medium-size saucepan set a large pan of simmering water, stir together 8 tablespoons butter and the crème fraiche. Once this mixture is thoroughly combined, set it aside.

In a separate pan set over the double boiler, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Stir the orange juice into the mixture and cook, constantly stirring for 3 minutes. Add the orange zest and butter-crème fraiche mixture to the eggs and cook, constantly stirring for 3 minutes.

Pour the orange filling into the prepared pastry and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes, until it turns golden brown and the filling is set.

Allow the tart to cool in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature, or chill in the refrigerator before serving.