Thursday, 20 June 2013

Lemon Curd


I don't feel that I've had many crafty makes or "ta-da" moments to share with you lately. But I have been creative in the kitchen and the garden over these last few weeks, enjoying things like flowers and jam and cake. And lemon curd.


I avoided making lemon curd until now because I always thought it was really difficult; in my mind it was up there with souffles, pastry, macarons and hollandaise sauce. But it's really easy! Shhh, don't tell anyone.

You need:

4 lemons
100 g/3.5 oz butter, cubed
200 g/7 oz caster sugar
3 eggs plus one extra yolk


  • Sterilise your jars.
  • Zest and juice the lemons. And while we are on the subject, the smell of a freshly zested lemon is pure heaven, it's up there with newborn babies' heads.
  • Bring a pan of water to a steady simmer.
  • In a bowl, put the lemon zest and juice, sugar and butter and put this bowl over your pan of water (1).
  • Whisk now and then until the butter has melted (2).
  • Lightly beat together the three eggs and one yolk and add to the mixture in the bowl.
  • Cook for about ten to twelve minutes, stirring regularly but not continuously with your whisk, until it looks and feels like custard and coats the back of a spoon (3).
  • Remove from the heat and leave to cool until it's luke warm, giving it a little stir every couple of minutes. 
  • Pour into your jars. You should get enough to fill two normal sized jam jars from this amount.


It's so lemony! Much, much sharper than shop bought lemon curd. I love it, as I do anything citrus, but John felt it was "a bit too sharp" and requested orange curd next time. Would I use four oranges to replace four lemons I wonder? I have also been reliably informed that gooseberry curd is excellent. Any other variations I could try?

Edited to add: The lemon curd needs to be stored in the fridge and eaten with two weeks.


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48 comments:

  1. I LOVE lemon curd and absolutely need to attempt this recipe. I made strawberry jam for the first time last week and now am under the belief that I am capable of anything!

    the best lemon curd I've ever tasted was from the farm shop at tebay. I would eat it straight off my finger out of the jar.

    bring on the lemons.

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  2. I adore lemon curd. Yummy. Looks delish. X

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  3. My nan used to make lemon curd. I swear if there is a jar to hand I can polish it off over a weekend. I love it that much! I have never made it myself though. I am in the middle of sterlising jars to make some preserved lemons and some feijoa jam. I may have to try my hand at lemon curd now. Love your lemon coloured material, perfect! xo

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  4. Ooh I can feel the sharp zestiness just by looking at your lemon curd Gillian, my mum loves anything super lemony and ate them all the time through her pregnancies:o) I will have to tell her your recipe she will love it. Thanks for sharing, I like the sound of orange curd, yum x Penny

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  5. and suddenly the mystery of lemon butter/curd (hemisphere dependent) is unveiled...i had no idea either, and had the similar trepidation you had (i.e. souffle fear). YUM> our neighbour keeps offering us bush lemons (i.e. with a million blemishes) so maybe I should have a crack at it!

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  6. Oh, but I do love a good lemon curd. Just the right balance of bright lemon, tart taste, sugar and smooth butter. My only problem is I wind up eating what was supposed to fill the cake, tart or cookies - so I always have to make double the amount.

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  7. My tomorrow morning will now be filled with lemon curd making - yummy, thank you!

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  8. Alternative recipes of lemon curd allow you to use butter, margarine and egg whites also. Lemon curd is an intensely unhealthy type of topping and spread that should only be eaten rarely, if that.

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  9. Ooh I love lemon curd! Your recipe sounds super easy ... I found a very good one on the 'Love food, Hate waste' website, for microwave lemon curd! As far as I remember it made just one jar, but really hit the spot if you were craving curd!

    I went to Leeds last week to visit my son and had a really lovely time ... what a lovely city you live in!

    Love Claire xxx

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  10. Hi Gillian,Yum-Yum!!!And so prettily packaged!!!Have a fun filled weekend with your family!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  11. What a beautiful colour your lemon curd is, potted sunshine.
    Lisa x

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  12. Looks amazing - so summery and fresh. Passion fruit curd is fragrant and delicious, and I've made blackberry curd too which was lovely as I don;t like pippy blackberry jam

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  13. I love lemon curd and I found it easier to make than I thought. Yours looks delicious.... I may have to make some soon and cake to go with it! Sarah x

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  14. Gillian, your photo's are wonderful. They will inspire lots of people to give your recipe a go - me included! Sunshine in a jar.

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  15. Looks delicious, great color! I have made it before and the taste is amazing.:)

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  16. omg, your lemon curd looks delish, it sccrambled the last time i attempted it, makes me want to try again tho, my daughter would be over the moon if i could crack making lemon curd its one of her fave things, she would have it every day for breakfast on toast if she could . x ps. fab photos .

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  17. Oh this looks so lovely! I must admit, I always thought lemon curd would be much too tricky for me to attempt, but I am reassured by you saying it is not. Thank you for sharing your recipe, I will be sure to try the as I just love anything lemony.
    M x

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  18. Yummy - that looks sooooo delicious! Have never tried orange curd....might have to give that a go one day. Have a great weekend! Mel x

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  19. It's one of those things that is sooo easy, but keep it to yourself, for maximum "ooh aren't you a clever old stick" impact. I have loads of gooseberries ripening, enough for some curd. I may well try it out, although it probably isn't as versitile nd lemon or orange.

    Lovely photos. I can never capture food on camera. You are very good at it. Do you use a specific place? Is it all about the light?

    Leanne xx

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    1. Hello, and thank you! I just try to make sure I have lots of natural light, but not direct sunlight. My kitchen is small and a bit gloomy but I have one little bit of worktop under the window and that's where I photograph everything. I usually put things on top of a tea towel, partly for fun, and partly to hide our horrid "fake granite" worktops. x

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  20. Looks delicious! I can no longer eat dairy but my sister made me some which was lovely....really wanted in a tart though! :) x

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    1. Eggs aren't dairy! Last time I checked they're not laid by a cow... :D

      Emma

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  21. Mmm, I LOVE lemon curd. Anything lemony in fact. And the gooseberry curd idea is interesting - I have two huge gooseberry bushes at the allotment, so I might give it a try.

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  22. i'm not exaggerating when i say reading that recipe made me dribble a bit. i LOVE lemon curd...it's one of the things i miss about the homeland. ;) now i can make it myself!

    xo

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  23. It looks lovely, I must have a go at making some.
    I wonder how long does it keep, and does it have to be kept in the fridge even when unopened?
    The variations sound yummy too!

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    1. I'd store it in the fridge and eat within two weeks. I reckon an opened jar would be ok for a week or so in the fridge. Hope that helps! x

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  24. Now we're all craving lemon curd! As for tasty alternatives, I'd second passionfruit curd (lovely on scones, Nigella has a recipe) and also lime curd (I love limes) for another citrus kick.

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  25. I made some last week - it was my first time

    http://everydayishthings.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/tiny-jars-of-lemony-goodness.html

    then used to make these with it...
    http://everydayishthings.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/peek-boo-cupcakes_18.html

    never made l curd before, and mine looks just like yours... its soooo yummy isnt it??

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  26. It looks delicious. It's years since I've eaten lemon curd, I wonder if I still like it.

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  27. What a lovely zingy post ... I want curd now out the jar on a spoon :) x

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  28. Homemade lemon curd ..... there is nothing better!
    pretty jars too
    wishing you a very lovely weekend
    love jooles xxx

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  29. I love lemon curd - I haven't made it in ages, I'll have to get some jars out! I made some passionfruit curd last year - very different, but it tasted amazing. I like my lemon curd tangy - always increase the amount of lemon zest just to make sure!

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  30. oh yum, that looks amazing! how about raspberry curd? pretty sure I've seen it in the shops and it sounds lovely! x

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  31. Ooh that looks delicious. Thank you for sharing I look forward to trying this dairy free. Xoxo

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  32. I love lemon curd but you have to remember to eat it up as it doesn't keep too long - no worries there probably. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. Oh my mouth is watering ... I love, love, love lemon curd ... what about lime ... I have a vague recollection of seeing it somewhere ... Bee xx

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  34. Following your inspiration I mde some today - feel like a pretty perfect mother! Thank you x

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  35. I brought some lemons in off the tree last week, and I think I might try your recipe this time. I'll let you know how it goes and well done.

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  36. My mouth is watering, too! It looks so fresh and delicious... pure summer goodness! And it's packaged up so nicely... love the yellow fabric!

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  37. Your lemon curd looks lovely- I make my own too, but never have jars to out it in , so I just put it in old lidded yogurt pots and keep it in the fridge- I never really know how long it keeps, as I eat it on everything, way too quickly:)

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  38. Lemon curd has to be one of my most favourite things ever and apple curd is good too, it just needs a smidge of lemon to tart it up, so maybe a smidge of apple would take the edge off lemon curd?

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  39. I love lemon curd, and yours looks yummy. Fab photos by the way

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  40. I have been planning to make a jelly roll with lemon curd--but my husband loves orange. Maybe I'll try an orange curd. Thanks for the idea--and the recipe!

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  41. O dear this is sooo good!..I love the citrus, the tangy...thanks for the recipe...may be a can add a little to my cake.
    ummm.
    iela

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  42. I love desserts made with Lemon, this looks so goood! =)

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  43. I'm going to be making this.. thanks so much for sharing

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