Lemon Berry Tart

Life is a funny thing – full of ups and downs, great joy and sorrow, heartache and love. A mother’s greatest gift to her child are roots and wings to navigate this sometimes bumpy life and I find myself using these tools more than ever these days.

I am grateful to be a mother today but I am even more grateful to the woman who taught me how to be a mother. It’s funny that at age 36, I need her just as much today as my 14 month old needs me.

We love you to the moon and back – Happy Mother’s Day!


1/2 cup almonds, dry roasted and unsalted

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

3 tbsp butter

1 – 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk, fat free

2 eggs, separated

1/3 cup lemon juice, fresh

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tbsp sugar

strawberries and whipped cream for garnish

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Grind almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Combine almonds with graham cracker crumbs, sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.

Press mixture into a tart pan with a removable bottom. Make sure to firmly pack the crust down with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 5 minutes and then let cool.

In small bowl, whisk together condensed milk, egg yolks, lemon juice and lemon zest and then set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and sugar until stiff peaks form.

Fold egg whites into the condensed milk mixture and the pour into the tart pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until center is set. Let cool for an hour on a wire rack and then transfer to fridge and let chill for another hour before serving.

Serve with whipped cream and a strawberry.

4 thoughts on “Mmmm…Mama

  1. Susan Ray

    Lora Leigh, what an adorable pic of you and Jake! I agree, we never ‘out grow’ our need for our mothers. When I was pregnant and had a 16 month old, I was on bed rest so my mother spent Monday – Thursday with me every week for more than 3 three months. She drove for 3 hours to get to my house. It was truly one of her greatest gifts. Your pie looks beautiful and sounds delish! Give your little guy a hug from all us TN mothers. sr

  2. sarah

    Such a great picture! You are beautiful (as always). I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!! If you spent it with your mama I know you had a great time…she’s such a fantastic woman. (runs in the family) LOVE YOU!!! and btw I gotta say the recipe sounds delicious!


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