March 9, 2015

The 1912 Titanic Lemon Tart Recipe

Titanic 1912 Dessert Lemon Tart Recipe

If you haven't already read the first part of this story click here to go to: Part 1 This is a part of the Historical Food Fortnightly.

The Challenge: "Foods served at notable events in history Feb 22 - March 7
What kind of food was served at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth? What did Benjamin Franklin eat at the Constitutional Convention? Find a food item that was served at a notable event in history, research the recipe, and recreate the dish."

The Recipe:

The Date/Year and Region:  USA and UK 1912

How Did You Make It:



- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 1/2 Cups Boiling Water
- The juice and rind of one Lemon


Make your crust and let it chill. Rind and juice one lemon. Boil the water in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and corn starch. Let boil for five minutes. Remove from heat, add butter and lemon juice and rind. Temper the eggs by adding a bit of the hot mixture to the eggs a little bit at a time while whisking. Once warm add the egg mixture into the whole and put into a double boiler if necessary to thicken. Line your 8 inch tart pan with the dough, fill with the filling, add dough shapes to the top. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.   

Pie crust made of 1 pound butter, one pound flour and a little water.

Time to Complete:
I felt like I was making it forever. A normal person might be able to make this in one hour.

Total Cost:
Inexpensive, I had all of the ingredients except the lemon and sugar

How Successful Was It?:
I don't generally like lemon but this tasted very good. When I first added the lemon I didn't think it was strong enough but once it cooled down it was lemony. My family ate it and that almost never happens.  

 How Accurate Is It?:I took a middle ground between the description of the Titanic Tart and the recipe I was following. It seems tarts don't typically have a top crust but the recipe called for adding fancy shapes out of dough on the top of the custard. The Titanic Tart had a top crust. In the recipe book, the "Lemon Tart" and "Lemon Pie" recipes were exactly the same with the exception the tart lacked the top crust.

Lemon Tart baked on the Titanic


  1. Oh my goodness, that looks good! I love lemon and citrusy things!

  2. Thank you so much. It turned out to taste pretty delicious!

  3. As an avid foodie, I followed the recipe and it was right on queue....


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