Lemon Curd Tarts

Lemon Curd Tarts and Limoncello

Lemon Curd Tarts, Limoncello, and Ellen Gilligan Interview.

Lemon Curd Tarts are a simple tasty dessert you can make ahead of time with just three ingredients. We also taste some Limoncello from Sorrento, Italy with our Lemon Curd Tarts

These Lemon Curd Tarts are a delicious and fancy little dessert to serve at a party. Lemon Curd Tarts combine creamy lemon curd into a tasty, tangy bite!

My guest for “Cooking with Milwaukee Community Leaders” is Ellen Gilligan. Ellen is the President & CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

She serves on many boards, both locally and nationally. Ellen is on the list of the Top 100 PowerBrokers in Milwaukee (per the Milwaukee Business Journal.) She is also my wife and I am very proud of the work she does here in Milwaukee, to make our city a better place.

What’s in Lemon Curd?

Lemon curd is made with lemon zest and juice of Meyer Lemons. Meyer lemons are a cross between regular lemons and either Mandarin or regular oranges. They give lemon curd a distinctive flavor.

Lemon Curd
Lemon Curd

However, lemon curd can also be made with regular lemons and other types of fruit curds can be made with citrus fruits like Limes (lime curd), tangerines (tangerine curd), oranges (orange curd), or with other fruits, like passion fruit, berries or mango. Some lemon curd includes egg yolks and sugar. Other recipes include egg whites and butter.

Store-bought lemon curds may also include thickeners (like cornstarch). Thickeners, preservatives, colors, and flavorings dilute the flavor and quality of lemon curd.

Recipe for Lemon Curd Tarts

Ingredients for Lemon Curd Tarts

  1. ½ pint heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 jar lemon curd
  3. Zest one lemon
  4. 6 pre-made mint-tart shells
  5. Blueberries and raspberries for topping


  1. Whip the whipping cream until stiff
  2. Fold in the lemon curd
  3. Add lemon zest and fold to combine
  4. Fill tart shells with lemon mixture
  5. Top with blueberries and raspberries
  6. Optional – enjoy a glass of Limoncello with your Lemon Curd Tarts

What is Limoncello?

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made with lemon zest, sugar, and some sort of neutral alcohol (usually vodka). It’s the second most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari.


Limoncello is mainly produced in Southern Italy, particularly in Sorrento, Capri, and along the Amalfi Coast. Traditionally, limoncello is made with Femminello St. Teresa lemons, a lemon that is native to the Sorrento Peninsula of Italy.

Limoncello supposedly originated in the early 1900s, though the exact story is up for debate. People in Capri say the recipe comes from a woman named Maria Antonia Faracehas, whose grandnephew trademarked the term “Limoncello” in 1988. The city of Sorrento has other origin stories. So the short answer is no one knows for sure.

Cooking With Milwaukee Community Leaders

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Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson – Copycat McDonald’s Breakfast Sandwiches  Video is at –https://youtu.be/eWkN4nI5ueE

Ricardo Diaz (Former Exec Director of UCC) Interview – Cuban Tostones and Plantains Recipe – Video is athttps://youtu.be/49u0OR7fa8s

Joanne Anton, Director of Giving, Herb Kohl Philanthropies Interview – Spanakopita Video is at – https://youtu.be/8IKtZAguLv4

Cecelia Gore, Executive Director Brewers Community Foundation –  Stetson Salad  Video is at – https://youtu.be/_bbXPP_JzAo

Mark Mone, Chancellor, Univ or Wisconsin Milwaukee – Chicken Parmesan – Video is at –  https://youtu.be/SS1KUGo31Xg

David Crowley, Milwaukee County Exec – Chicken Parm Sandwiches and Roasted Broccoli – Video is at – https://youtu.be/O2vQJtUv4OI

Brian Gotter, Major Gifts Officer MACC Fund – Sausage Gravy & Biscuits – Video is at – https://youtu.be/0Jb6J7bXaWM

Randy Bryant, Exec Director Ten Chimneys – Mango Gazpacho – Video is at – https://youtu.be/lN-U9EdARF8

Judge Derek Mosley, Director of Marquette Univ Law School – Stuffed, roasted red peppers – Video is at – https://youtu.be/VDtpylMOcJY

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11 thoughts on “Lemon Curd Tarts and Limoncello”

  1. 5 stars
    Meyer lemons are my best crop. I get maybe 50 from my small tree. (goes into a green house in winter). I never know what to do with them. I’ve got jars of preserved lemons now I will try lemon curd.

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