Thursday, July 7, 2011

Homemade Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is another one of those ingredients that is much less expensive to make at home vs. buying little jars of the imported stuff from the grocery store.  Good, homemade lemon curd has just a few ingredients (lemons, butter, eggs, sugar) and is packed with flavor.

Lemon curd rasp
You’ll need about 10-15 minutes to dedicate to the curd: it needs constant stirring while it’s slowly heated.  Then, suddenly, it thickens all at once and must be whisked off the heat to prevent curdling.
Lemon curd jars
But don’t worry, it’s easy. All you need to do is watch for the change – it happens fast, but it’s obvious.
lemon curd spoon
Recipe courtesy of Alice Waters, from the great cookbook The Art of Simple Food.

Lemon Curd

  • 4 lemons (zest one of them)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
Zest one of the lemons, save the zest.  Juice all four lemons – there should be about 1/2 c. juice.

Next beat together in a non-reactive saucepan the eggs, yolks, milk, sugar, and salt until just mixed. Stir in the lemon juice and zest, then add the cold butter cubes. 
Turn the heat on medium low and slowly heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until it is thick enough to coat a spoon.  Do not overheat or stop stirring or the eggs will curdle.  If the mixture begins to look grainy, or unsmooth in anyway, take it off the heat immediately and stir vigorously to cool it down and prevent curdling.

When thick, pour through a strainer to remove any errant curdles. Store in glass jars in the fridge.

lemon curd sq1


  1. I don't normally like lemon other than in tea, but this lemon curd looks so smooth and glossy. Yummy!

  2. looks yum! I've never made this before but it looks really good! :)

  3. I've made lots of lemon curds lately...the latest and greatest was Ina Garten's. But I will try any recipe because I love it so much and I need an excuse to make more!

  4. That looks delicious! I made lemon curd once, but I have extra lemons in the fridge so I think I need to make it again :D

  5. I have this book but I haven't tried this recipe yet. Thanks for inspiring me to do so. I was just dreaming of lemon meringue pie, so this will be perfect!


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