Easy Homemade Luscious Lemon Curd. This sweet and tart lemon curd can be used in all kinds of delicious desserts, or eaten by the spoonful. Because let's be honest, lemon curd rocks. There's really no reason to buy finished lemon curd. It's expensive and you've probably got the ingredients to make it yourself.
Isn't it a lot more satisfactory to make your own? Whatever it is, I always like to make it from scratch. Some things might be way too time consuming, and you want to eat it right now, but more often than not, it's surprisingly easy to make your own. And I think that's the case here.
And bonus, you can also make your own mango lime curd for a more tropical flavor!
Easy Homemade Luscious Lemon Curd
This recipe is adapted from this site, but it's originally from The Cook and Baker cookbook by Cherie Devan and Tass Tauroa. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together lemon juice, eggs and egg yolks, sugar and salt. Place the bowl over a saucepan with simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl isn't touching the water.
Using a hand whisk, whisk for approximately 15-20 minutes. The mixture you're after is thick and smooth, and has reached a temperature of 76C (170F), using a candy thermometer.
The curd should be thick enough to cover the back of a spoon. It's important that it doesn't get warmer than this, otherwise the eggs will become scrambled. If you think the mixture is thick enough at a lower temperature, I think it's fine to stop a little sooner too.
Remove the bowl from the heat. Add butter, a little at the time, whisking after each addition. Make sure the butter is fully incorporated before you add more. The lemon curd is done when it's pale and thick. Let cool completely. You can pour it into an airtight jar and store it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Or you can also freeze what you don't need.
I've used this lemon curd in a créme brûlèe tart with red currants, in a strawberry layer cake and these super cute blackberry lemon curd pavlova tarts. But there's no need to stop there! Just search for lemon curd on my site and you will find even more ideas!
You could add it to cupcakes with meringue topping, or in a lemon pie. These soft cakes with apricot and rum cream could also be good using lemon curd instead of apricot! Or add it in these macarons instead of peppermint filling.
- Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Irish Baileys Frosting
- 10 Minute Salted Caramel Sauce
- Classic Homemade Brownies
- Vanilla Custard and Coconut Sweet Buns
- Peppermint Cream Cheese Truffles
- Chocolate Pear Cake with Hazelnut Crumb Topping
Hope you'll like it! What do you make with lemon curd?
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