Freshly-made traditional lemon curd goes well on toast or as a filling for lemon meringue pie.
Traditional lemon curd is an English recipe that is actually very easy to make. It only requires four ingredients: lemons, sugar, eggs and butter. All ingredients for this recipe are kitchen staples that you probably already have at home.
For the best flavor, I recommend using fresh lemons, but if you’re in a pinch you can use bottled lemon juice. I used approximately 10 small homegrown Meyer lemons for this recipe. If you have a lemon tree at home, this is the perfect recipe to make.
While ‘curd’ doesn’t sound very appetizing, it’s a tart but sweet and tangy. You can spread it over toast with cream cheese or butter. It also can be used as a topping for ice cream or cakes. My favorite way to use curd is as a filling for Angel Food Cake or Lemon Meringue Pie. The uses for lemon curd are endless. If you enjoy a tart lemon flavor, I would most definitely give this recipe a try.
Ingredients for Lemon Curd
The ingredients for lemon curd are actually quite straightforward. You are basically making a very lemon-y custard.
- Lemon juice: a necessity for lemon curd. Use fresh lemon juice for the best flavor or use bottled juice in a pinch.
- Sugar: To sweeten the curd, use sugar. If you want to reduce the amount of carbs in your curd, you can use a fake sweetener such as Splenda or Swerve.
- Eggs: Egg yolks are what gives this curd a custard consistency.
- Butter: To thicken and richen to curd.
- Lemon zest: Use if desired for garnish.
How to Make Traditional Lemon Curd
- Prep your ingredients- cube your butter; juice & zest your lemons.
- Add lemon juice and sugar to a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat. Temper in the egg yolks. Take off the heat and add in the butter. It will melt with the residual heat.
- Turn the heat back up to medium and continue to whisk as curd thickens. Once you begin to see bubbles come to the surface of the curd, it’s finished cooking.
- Let the curd cool before storing. It will continue to thicken.
What Should You Do with your Freshly Made Curd?
Now that you’ve made your lemon curd, what are you going to do with it?
Well, you have lots of options.
The curd will keep in the fridge for up to one week or the freezer for up to four months.
Did you make this traditional lemon curd? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below.