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Homemade Lemon Curd

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Ever wanted to enjoy the refreshing tart taste of lemon curd right out of the jar?  You are not alone.  You can buy in the grocery store or just make it yourself.  It's easy to make.  Most important is that you can add to so many foods.

About Lemon Curd

Not familiar with lemon curd?  It's just a preserve that is thickened made with sugar, butter and eggs.  Other fruits are also popular for making a curd but here, I'll just stick to lemon curd.  It will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.  It can be kept frozen for up to a year without loosing its quality.  But frankly, for the average family and singles, who would want to keep it in the freezer!

Here are just a few creative ways to enjoy lemon curd:  

  • Filling for tarts: make your own or purchase a flavor pie crust, such as a gram cracker crust. Add the lemon curd and bake Optional, top with a meringue and brown the top in a broiler or with a blog torch.

  • Cream cheese puff: Purchase puff pastry, layer half of it with cream cheese and lemon curd. Fold over the pastry, bake and top with powdered sugar.

  • Layer a dish or glass with fresh fruits and lemon curd.

  • Serve over ice cream.

  • For a fabulous breakfast, stuff crepes or top waffles with lemon curd, then add fresh fruits and powdered sugar.

  • Layer a cake with lemon curd filling.

  • make donuts or donut balls and fill with lemon curd.

  • Fill thumbprint cookies with lemon curd.

  • Make a lemon mousse.

See how easy it is to make lemon curd in 7 easy steps:

Recipe for Lemon Curd
Yields approximately 1-1/3 cups

Suggested tools:  small food processor with metal blade* and container with lid

Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest

  • 3/4 stick of butter (preferably unsalted), room temperature and cut into small pieces

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice, include any pulp

  • Pinch of salt


  1. Add sugar and lemon zest to food processor. Blend well.

  2. Add butter and blend into a creamy paste.

  3. Transfer to a bowl or sauce pan. Whisk in eggs, one at a time.

  4. Then whisk in lemon juice and pinch of salt.

  5. Over low heat and stirring occasionally, cook lemon curd until smooth and thickened, about 10 minutes.

  6. Remove from heat, transfer to a container. Place clear wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Close container with lid and chill in refrigerator.

*Cooking Notes:

  1. If you don't have a food processor, not to worry. You can use a whisk, it may just take a little longer.

  2. By step 4, the curd will have a grainy texture. Not to worry. Once you start to cook the lemon curd, it will become smooth.

  3. Use a non-metal tool to stir the lemon curd while cooking.

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