From France to England to Sweden, the exact creation of the lemon tart is impossible to pinpoint.
Lemon tarts are typically made of eggs, sugar, lemon juice, butter, and cream, and poured into pastry.
We know that lemon tarts (tarte au citron) are mandatory snackage in France. You’ll find them in bistros and cafes of all kinds. These yummy desserts can be topped with sugar, whipped cream, or fruit. In France, this multidimensional treat became popular in the 19th century in the wake of the French Revolution.
Botanical illustration by Elizabeth Blackwell from 1737
Reports of the lemon tart in America go all the way back to the 18th century, thanks to the work of Protestant Quakers. Their recipe was slightly healthier because they were so poor they couldn’t afford to add butter and cream. Swiss pastry chef Alexander Frehse also receives credit for inventing the lemon tart.
However delicious a lemon tart might be: it’s not good for you. Your average slice will contain 500 calories and 51g of sugar!
At Rip Van, we wanted to honor the rich history of the lemon tart without subjecting you to the negative health effects. Lemon may be in the title, but this isn’t a healthy dish, which is why we created our new lemon flavored wafel. With only 3g of sugar, you can feel good about snacking on this lemon treat.