Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Jan 20, 2014

Homemade Lemon Curd

I've always wondered about Lemon Curd.  I've seen it around and wanted to try it and see what the fuss was all about.  And now I know what I've been missing!



I made my first batch a few weeks back, but it was gone way before I could write about it.  We pretty much ate that batch straight from the jar.  It was that good.  So buttery and silky, sweet yet tart.  Perfection.


Over the weekend, I made a triple batch to ensure that I had enough for us to "sample" (eat straight from the jar) and still have plenty for all the recipes I have in mind.  (Good thing I did, because that jar was full before I took these pictures!)

What to use lemon curd for?  Oh, so many ways: as a topping for scones, pancakes, muffins or sugar cookies.  Makes a great filling for cupcakes, cookies, crepes, pies and tarts.  Mix with a little whipped cream for a fabulous fruit dip.  I especially like to stir it in my vanilla yogurt and top with granola and fresh blueberries or raspberries. Make ice cream (or do what I did and mix it into store bought vanilla ice ream- I had to test it out and make sure it was good before recommending it...)

Homemade Lemon Curd. So buttery and silky, sweet yet tart. Perfection. #Lemon #recipes #lemoncurd

So, are you ready to make your own Lemon Curd?  It's pretty easy.  The hardest part is that you have to stir the lemon curd the entire time it cooks, (about 7 minutes.)   Which really isn't that hard...  Perfect time to catch up on your favorite gossip websites, email or pinterest)

I used this recipe from Martha Stewart, and it turned out perfectly both times.  (I made a single batch the first time and tripled it the 2nd time.)  Thanks again, neighbor for those fresh Meyer lemons!

Lemon Curd Recipe
  • 3 large egg yolks,
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tbs sugar
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
Instructions:
  1. Combine yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan. Whisk to combine. 
  2. Over medium heat, stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  3. Cook until mixture is thick enough to coat back of wooden spoon, about 7 minutes.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter, a few pieces at a time, stirring until consistency is smooth.
  5. Transfer mixture to serving container. Let cool. Refrigerate for about an hour or until chilled. 
(This recipe makes about 8 oz.)


Enjoy!

BTW, do you like my turquoise backdrop?  It's my favorite.  (I've been using it quite often lately...  Must be this dreary winter weather.)  Are you curious how I made it?  I have the instructions here: DIY Photo Backdrop.
  


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14 comments:

  1. My Yorkshire grandmother used to make lemon tarts for Christmas.....Yum Yum!! The tradition continues as the recipe went to my mom and her sisters and then to their daughters. If there's any left, it's good on toast!

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  2. mmm . . . I love lemon curd and yours looks fabulous!

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  3. I have never made this before but I definitely plan on trying your recipe, it looks delicious!

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  4. I love lemon curd. Whenever I make meringues and have the leftover egg yolks, I whip up a batch of fresh lemon curd. It goes really well spread over a strawberry meringue roulade (which I linked up on your link party - thanks for hosting) Have a wonderful week. Tamara @ MyFarmLifeDiary

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  5. This looks great, Jamie! I blogged about lime curd years ago and have terrible photos. Yours are gorgeous! I'll certainly have to try your recipe and then make my own again to post. Thanks for sharing, and yes- I love your turquoise backdrop!

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  6. I really want to make lemon curd and I love the backdrop! I have a blue one that I use way too often.

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  7. This looking so beautiful.I love this.

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  8. This looks delicious and I do love your backdrop. I'm checking that out next! We're lemon fanatics in our house, so I'll definitely be pinning this. I'd love for you to link it up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. Link Party I co-host. http://addicted2diy.com/2014/01/23/thursday-s-t-y-l-e-link-party-4/

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  9. I would just love your Lemon Curd, what a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

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  10. I adore lemon curd! I must make up a batch now that lemons are back in season and our tree has more than we could ever use (even with giving our neighbors unfettered access to it, too!).

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  11. Could that look any more delicious?!! YUM! I love lemon curd!

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  12. I'm crazy about lemon these days! Probably because it's so dark and moody outside :P
    Love your photos, I took some of my lemon hand lotion but it's more yellow + pink :)
    hugs x

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  13. Wow, I found a recipe that called for lemon curd a few days ago. So off I went to the grocery store to buy some.....but that 8 ounce jar was almost $5.00! So I came home without it....and now I have the recipe so I can make my own!!! Thanks!!

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