Let's make an Easy Lemon Curd recipe that is so simple to make. The ingredient list is simple with only 4 ingredients. Wonderful in cookies, cakes, crepes, and with a spoon. This Lemon Custard Recipe will be a favorite for your and your family.Welcome to #LemonWeek 2022 hosted by Lynn from Fresh April Flours and Rebecca from Devour Dinner. This week is sponsored by Rodelle and La Tourangelle. I may have received product samples from these sponsors to help in the creation of my recipes. All opinions are my own. Come join me and my fellow Lemon Week bloggers as we bring you recipes from appetizers to drinks to entrées and desserts!
If making a custard scares you or seems difficult, you aren't alone. In fact many people steer clear of making custards because they worry that they can't make it correctly.
I'm here to help! I've got easy steps and tips along the way so you can make a delicious recipe for lemon curd right at home! You are going to love it.
Shopping List for Easy Lemon Curd
Fresh Lemons. Do not skimp and buy fresh lemons for this recipe. You will be amazed at the flavor difference when using fresh. You will use both the lemon juice and zest in this recipe.
Butter. You will want to use cold butter cut into cubes. Cold butter helps to thicken the curd and it also gives a smooth and creamy texture.
Sugar. White granulated sugar. It's also best to weigh the sugar. You don't want to add too much or too little.
Eggs. Separate the egg yolks from the whites. This recipe will use egg yolks.
Tip: Make sure to toss the lemons down the garbage disposal. They will help clean and make your sink smell refreshed.
How to make Lemon Curd
I hope you take the time to read through this section. I'm going to give a lot of detailed information to help you along the way.
Separate egg yolks from whites. Keep the yolks and use the whites for an Egg White Omelette if you wish.
Remove the zest for 2-3 lemons. You will use about 2 tablespoons of lemon zest. Depending on the size of lemons used you will need 2-3 lemons.
Juice lemons. This recipe calls for ½ cup of fresh lemon juice. Remove seeds and pulp
Slice butter into cubes and set aside. You will not need the butter until the very end but I find it helpful to have it ready.
Step by Step
Step 1. Place egg yolks in a double boiler. You can use a saucepan with a large glass bowl on top. Add a couple cups of water to the saucepan. The lemon curd will cook in the glass bowl on top. Make sure the bowl is not touching the water below.
Step 2. Add sugar to egg yolks and whisk together. At first the mixture with be thick and hard to stir. Keep stirring. Gradually the color will lighten and become thin and ribbon like. The more you whisk, the more the sugar dissolve and the lighter the mixture becomes.
Step 3. Place over medium/low heat. This is very important. Do not stop whisking ingredients. A nice slow whisk is fine. But do not stop or you risk the egg yolks settling and becoming scrambled.
Step 4. Add Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest to mixture when over heat and continue whisking for 10-15 minutes. The mixture will slowly and evenly heat up. As it heats up it will slowly thicken.
When the mixture coats the back of a spoon or resembles a thin sauce it's time to pull off the heat. You might also see some bubbles forming around the edges too.
Step 5. Remove from heat and stir in cold butter cubes. Continue whisking as the butter melts and the curd becomes silky smooth.
Optional If you wish to strain the lemon zest out of the curd, now is the time to press the mixture through a fine mess sleeve or strainer. This is optional.
Step 6. Place curd into a jar or container and place plastic wrap on top of curd. This helps prevent the top from forming a thick skin.
Allow lemon curd to cool fully before using in other recipes.
Lemon Curd Uses
This is a long list of how to use Lemon Curd. My favorite is with a spoon! haha, but really. Make sure to enjoy a spoonful of these delicious custard.
Lemon curd is excellent on a layer cake, in lemon bars, Lemon cheesecake, lemon meringue pies, mixed with cream cheese, on top of ice cream, with my Lemon Pound Cake Recipe.
Adding dollops of lemon curd to Thumbprint Cookies is pure magic. Make sure to check out the Lemon Thumbprint Cookies on my sister site, Best Cookie Recipes.
Quick Tips for the BEST Lemon Curd
Use a low heat. This is very important. Using too high of a heat can cause the eggs to scramble. I prefer to use a Double Boiler. I place a large glass bowl over a saucepan filled with a couple cups of water. All the ingredients are placed in the bowl and whisked together.
Fresh Lemons. I can not stress this enough. Fresh is best! Make sure the lemons you choose are a nice bright yellow that are free from blemishes. You will use lemon zest as well and will want a nice outer peel to zest.
Whisk Whisk Whisk. Making a good lemon curd requires full attention. Once you start whisking, you don't want to stop. Even at a nice slow pace to ensure the ingredients gently warm up.
Store Custard in a jar or sealed container. Cover in plastic wrap. This helps to prevent a thick skin forming on top. Place the plastic wrap on top of the curd sealing out all excess air.
Lemon Curd thickens as it cools. Don't rush the process. Just as it took time to heat up, it will also take time to properly cool. You will want to wait until it's cooled before using in other recipes.a Rafflecopter giveaway
There are many questions when it comes to lemon zest. Do I have to use it? do I need to strain the lemon curd? Why use it if you strain it? And so many more questions. Here is my rule of thumb.
Do I need to use Lemon Zest?
Lemon Zest provides a delicious tangy Lemon Curd that you will definitely want. I always suggest using Lemon Zest in this recipe.
Do I need to strain the Lemon Zest out of the Lemon Curd?
This is purely a personal choice. I love the added texture by leaving the zest in this recipe. It's wonderful. You can remove the zest by using a fine mesh strainer and pressing the curd through it.
My Lemon Curd is lumpy. Now what?
Lumps in Lemon Curd is not good. It's likely you stopped whisking the ingredients and you have egg pieces that are scrambled. Pull the lumps out by pressing through a fine mess strainer.
How to Store Lemon Zest
Lemon Zest will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week when stored in a sealed container. Remember to place a piece of plastic wrap on top of curd to press out any air from the top.
Freeze. Freeze Lemon Curd for up to 3 months when stored in a sealed container.
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- 6 Egg Yolks
- 1 Cup Sugar 200g
- ½ Cup Lemon Juice About 3-4 Lemons
- ½ Cup Butter Cold
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon Zest
- Separate egg yolks from whites. Remove the zest for 2-3 lemons. Juice lemons to reach ½ cup lemon juice. Slice butter into cubes and set aside.
- Place egg yolks in a double boiler.
- Add sugar to egg yolks and whisk together. Mix together. Mixture will be thick and become thinner and more smooth the more it's whisked
- Place over medium/low heat. This is very important. Do not stop whisking ingredients.
- Add Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest to mixture when over medium/low heat and continue whisking for 10-15 minutes.
- When the mixture coats the back of a spoon or resembles a thin sauce it's time to pull off the heat. You might also see some bubbles forming around the edges too.
- Remove from heat and stir in cold butter cubes. Continue whisking as the butter melts and the curd becomes silky smooth.
- Optional If you wish to strain the lemon zest out of the curd, now is the time to press the mixture through a fine mess sleeve or strainer.
- Place curd into a jar or container and place plastic wrap on top of curd. This helps prevent the top from forming a thick skin.
- Use low heat. Slow and steady while whisking
- Fresh Lemons will give the best result
- Whisk and don't stop. To prevent eggs from scrambling
- Store in a sealed container with a piece of plastic wrap on top to prevent a thick skin forming.