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Lemon Curd

You only need 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to create this sweet and tangy Lemon Curd recipe! Believe me, once you’ve tried it, you will want to put it on EVERYTHING!

If you love all things lemon, then you should check out the Lemon BarsLemon Pepper Chicken, or Lemon Zucchini Bread, along with any other of my lemon recipes!

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Liquid Candy in a Jar

If you have never had lemon curd before I HIGHLY recommend you take a few minutes to put this recipe together. It has all the sweetness from the sugar and lemony goodness from the lemon zest and lemon juice that it tastes like liquid candy in a jar!

How to Make Lemon Curd

Assemble your ingredients. For exact amounts see recipe card below.

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In a medium saucepan (at least 2 quarts), combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and eggs.

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Start cooking over low heat, whisking to blend completely.

Then, cook over medium-low heat, whisking to blend completely and then continuing to whisk until the curd starts to thicken and a few bubbles appear on the surface (approximately 6-8 minutes).

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Remove from heat and whisk in the butter in four even batches. Let the heat of the mixture melt each batch of butter before adding the next. You should be able to see your whisk marks or have the curd coat the back of a spoon by the end of this step.

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Strain the curd straight into a bowl or jar.

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Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the curd so that a skin doesn’t form as it cools and refrigerate until cool. Then you can replace the plastic wrap with a lid.

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After it has cooled, serve and enjoy!

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What do you eat Lemon Curd with?

A spoon! Ha. I mean, you can, but this homemade lemon curd is very sweet and should have something to eat it with. Here are a few of my favorites;

  • Blueberry Scones! Any scones will work but I LOVE all things that are lemon blueberry and this curd would be the perfect topping for a warm and fresh blueberry scone.
  • Along with scones, really any bread would work beautifully; toast, waffles, pancakes, etc.
  • You can fold this curd into some whipped cream to make a light and fluffy lemon topping.
  • Add some on the top of a scoop of ice cream to add in that delicious lemon flavor.
  • Also adding a thin layer between cake layers would heighten the flavoring in the dessert!
  • Any way you use it is the perfect way to use it! Let me know what you use Lemon Curd for!
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Storage Info

You can STORE this recipe in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to a week or FREEZE up to 2 months. If you freeze be sure to thaw in the fridge before serving.

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You only need 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to create this sweet and tangy Lemon Curd recipe! Believe me, once you've tried it, you will want to put it on EVERYTHING!

Lemon Curd Recipe

You only need 4 ingredients and 30 minutes to create this sweet and tangy Lemon Curd recipe! Believe me, once you've tried it, you will want to put it on EVERYTHING!
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Course: Dips, Dressings & Sauces
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
Servings: 16
Calories: 101kcal
Author: LifeMadeSimple Team
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and eggs.
  • Start cooking over low heat, whisking to blend completely.
  • Then, cook over medium-low heat, whisking to blend completely and then continuing to whisk until the curd starts to thicken and a few bubbles appear on the surface (approximately 6-8 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and whisk in the butter in four even batches. Let the heat of the mixture melt each batch of butter before adding the next. You should be able to see your whisk marks or have the curd coat the back of a spoon by the end of this step.
  • Strain the curd straight into a bowl or jar.
  • Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the curd so that a skin doesn’t form as it cools and refrigerate until cool. Then you can replace the plastic wrap with a lid.

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NOTES

Be sure to crack the eggs in a separate bowl before adding into the saucepan so no eggshells get into the curd.

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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Curd Recipe
Serving Size
 
2 Tbsp
Amount per Serving
Calories
101
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
7
g
11
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
46
mg
15
%
Sodium
 
58
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
26
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
223
IU
4
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
8
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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