citrus grapefruit tart with vanilla filling

Vanilla Citrus Tart Recipe (video)


A tart that’s the definition of refreshing and delicious! My Vanilla Citrus Tart is made with a buttery, flaky pastry shell; filled with a creamy, vanilla pastry cream; and topped with grapefruit, orange and blood oranges citrus gems. You’ll love the combination of sweet and tart flavors in this tart!

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Watch my video recipe and learn how to section citrus fruit into gems that you can use for any dessert. Once you try citrus gems, you’ll be hooked! Want new recipe updates? Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get a notification each time a new recipe goes live!

The All-Butter Crust

You’ll love the all-butter crust for this citrus tart! It’s flavorful, flaky, buttery – everything you want a crust to be! Plus, it’s super easy to make using a food processor! I always use a food processor for my pie and tart crust dough. It makes the job of combining the flour and cold butter so much easier than using an old-fashioned pastry blender.

I have a separate, in-depth video tutorial on ‘How to Make a Pie Crust’ you can watch here! Make sure to check it out for more details!

The Vanilla Filling

The vanilla pastry cream filling I use for this citrus tart is simply perfection. It’s not too sweet and it really brings together all the flavors of this recipe. It’s easy to make and you can use it for some many different dessert recipes, including using it as a cake or cream puff filling. For a more in-depth video tutorial, check out my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ episode!

citrus tart with vanilla custard filling

The Citrus Topping

The best thing about this amazing orange and grapefruit tart recipe is the combination of tart and sweet flavors! I love oranges and blood oranges and grapefruit and this tart recipe has all of those plus more! Watch my video recipe to see how to make the elegant citrus gems. Cutting away the hard, chewy fibers out of the citrus fruit really enhances the tasting experience.

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Need some supplies to make this recipe? You can get them here (Amazon affiliate links):

I absolutely love my classic CuisinArt food processor – it’s simple and gets the job done!
This set of nesting glass mixing bowls is perfect for food prep.
Here’s a similar stainless steel pot to the one I’m always using.
I love these Epicurean cutting boards – they’re also dishwasher safe!


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