Lemon Curd

lemon curd recipeDid y’all have a good weekend? We had a fabulous one. We are doing the big pre-move purge. There is something very rewarding about downsizing and organizing. I like moving to a new place and being semi-organized when we get there. It makes the whole process so much easier. The kids seem to adjust faster, and usually on the first night, we are all sleeping in our own beds. It takes far less time to unpack this way, and then we can move on and start to explore our new hometown. The best part of a new town is exploring it as if you’re a tourist. We try to treat each place we live that way, and we really get so much out of it. As crazy as this life is, we truly have been blessed to have the experiences that we have had because of it.

Kansas has been an experience, a one year move is tough. As soon as you get your whits about you and start to make a life for yourself, it is time to go. Kansas has grown on me, we got off to a rocky start. I do not love base living, and feel like a fish out of water most days, but I have fallen in love with Kansas City. It is about 45 minutes from us, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorite cities. This weekend one of my friends came to visit, and while I love cooking for people, I also love getting out of Dodge and trying one of the many amazing restaurants Kansas City has to offer. We hit up The Westside Local and had a great dinner. It was a great weekend.

Ready to talk about lemon curd? I have tried a few lemon curd recipes, but they were either too tart, too sweet, or too eggy. This recipe from Ina Garten is just about perfect. This one not only tastes delicious, but it is really easy to make. What do you do with lemon curd? Well, it is great on a scone, a filling for a tart, swirled into yogurt, or simply on a spoon. I just might have a great idea on how to use this lemon curd in the next few days, so be sure to check back. I promise you, it is worth it.

lemon curd recipe3 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
4 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
pinch salt

lemon curd recipePeel the lemons with a vegetable peeler. Add the zest to the bowl of the food processor.

lemon curd recipePulse until the sugar is very finely minced. The oils will come out and flavor the sugar.

lemon curd recipeAdd the butter to the food processor.

lemon curd recipeAdd the butter and cream until it comes together.

lemon curd recipeAdd the eggs one at a time, with the machine running.

lemon curd recipeAdd the lemon juice and salt. Mix until the mixture is pale yellow.

lemon curd recipeAdd the mixture to a saucepan. Cook over low heat until it thickens.

lemon curd recipeYou need to stir the whole time, it takes about 10 minutes. I do the important stuff while I am stirring, like read People.com. You know, catch up on the news.

lemon curd recipeYou will know that it is ready when you dip a wooden spoon into the lemon curd, drag your finger across, and if the line stays, it is thick enough. Transfer to a container and keep in the fridge.

lemon curd recipe

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

Yield: 1 cups

Step-by-step instructions for making tangy and creamy homemade lemon curd.

Ingredients

  • 3 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Peel the lemons with a vegetable peeler. Add the zest to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the sugar is very finely minced. The oils will come out and flavor the sugar. Add the butter to the food processor. Add the butter and cream until it comes together. Add the eggs one at a time, with the machine running. Add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until the mixture is pale yellow.
  2. Add the mixture to a saucepan. Cook over low heat until it thickens. You need to stir the whole time, it takes about 10 minutes. You will know that it is ready when you dip a wooden spoon into the lemon curd, drag your finger across, and if the line stays, it is thick enough.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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52 Comments

  • People.com is VERY important 🙂 The lemon curd looks great. I haven’t made it before yet, nor have I ever tried it, but I’m excited to give it a try so I can slather it on everything.

    Good luck with the move!

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  • I love lemon curd tard, but have never eaten it straight from a cup.
    Do you like it that way? Isn’t it ‘heavy’? It looks great!

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    • Yes it is heavy, but I have also been known to eat frosting straight off of a spoon too. I have no self-control. 🙂

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  • We moved to Kansas City (from Minneapolis) in November as well, and are loving it, too!

    Have you had Oklahoma Joes BBQ? If not, you have to have it before you leave. It is amazing and the experience is like none other. Go to the one in KC, KS (not the one in Olathe). My absolute favorite place here.

    Good luck with your move! When we first moved down here we moved in to a town home to get out feet on the ground here because our move was very fast, and then bought a house 3 months later… I’m exhausted from moving still! I can’t imagine doing it again! But way to be proactive and organized… That would have helped a ton 🙂

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    • Kansas City is great. So many great restaurants and things to do. Oklahoma Joes is the last on our list. We went to all of the “big” BBQ places. My favorite so far is actually by us in Leavenworth, All Slabbed Up. DIVINE!!

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  • wow this looks amazing and so easy! lemon curd takes me back to when my mom and i used to go to high tea at fancy hotels in every city we visited. love it!

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    • I used to do that with my grandmother! Love those kind of memories.

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  • I have been making lemon curd by the gallon lately, it seems. Love it!!!

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  • I try and put off making lemon curd as long as possible because it is so addictive. Once I make it, I eat the whole thing – keep sneaking back to the fridge for another spoonful.

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    • You and me both Mara. I usually give away at least half to avoid temptation.

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  • you must try the lemon curd on a graham cracker spread with a little cream cheese and lemon curd on top, delicious! this recipe seems so easy, you have inspired me to make it today! luckily i just picked up 2 dozen lemons for $2 yesterday 🙂

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    • I am not sure, I would try it. Experimentation usually leads to the best recipes.

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  • I don’t think I’ve ever had lemon curd before. Not in tart form or any other form. But it sure does look thick, creamy, and delicious!

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  • So happy you shared this recipe! I have been wanting to make Lemon Curd but I have found with other recipes I have made like you mentioned are too sweet. I am adding this to my list to make soon.

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  • I’ve never seen lemon curd made that way before with the lemon peel and sugar mixed together. Wow. I love it! I must try out this recipe. I just moved to a place with a lemon tree in the backyard, so this curd must be the first thing I make. Thanks, Bree!

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    • I am so jealous Memoria! I would love to have a lemon tree. Ina bugs me, but her recipes always work. 🙂

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  • I have been wanting to make Lemon Curd but I have found with other recipes I have made like you mentioned are too sweet.

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    • You can adjust the sweetness to your liking. Either hold back on some of the sugar, or add more lemon juice/zest.

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  • I just moved to a place with a lemon tree in the backyard, so this curd must be the first thing I make. Thanks that you’ve shared.

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  • I have been wanting to make Lemon Curd but I have found with other recipes I have made like you mentioned are too sweet.

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    • You can always add more lemon to adjust to your taste. Or take out a little of the sugar.

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  • I JUST LOVE LEMONSSSSSSS!
    Could you please, as i never had something like this before, tell me, how to use/combine this delicious lemon Curd?

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    • Me too. On toast, a scone, in between cake layers, in a pavolova, pie filling….

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  • I’m in the moving process too, and it is amazing how much cleaning out the house makes you want to stay there! The curd looks delicious 🙂

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    • No kidding! We have only been in Kansas for 11 months, and even though I can’t wait to move, I don’t want to move.

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  • Lemon curd, with its refreshing citrus flavor and smooth custard-like texture, is a real treat. You can use lemon curd in dessert recipes or simply as a snack or a part of breakfast.

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    • This is the easiest method that I have found. It really is easy and fool proof.

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  • This is the first time I have commented but I have been a follower for at least a year now. I tried this recipe and served it on top of thick belgian waffles with sliced strawberries. It was fantastic! I love your recipes and love the photos! Thank you so much!

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    • Thanks for the comment Sarah! That sounds like a divine breakfast.

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  • I tried this recipe today and I’m really excited about it! I followed your directions to the t and I’m not sure if it’s turning out right. It’s been cooking for over 10 minutes now and it is still very thin? It’s one cup (two sticks) of butter, not one stick right? it seems to be frothing more than thickening. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  • Hi Bree,

    I want to let you know about an error in your ingreidents for the lemon curd. I went out to FoodNetwork.com because I needed to know if the butter should be at room temperature and I see that Ina’s recipe calls for just 1/2 cup of butter. Kali (the post above) had an inquiry about this also.

    I am getting ready to make the lemon curd now. I got your post from Pinterest.

    Kind regards,
    Rosie

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  • Just tasted my lemon curd following your recipe. Thankyou its delicious.

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  • I’m scared of making lemon curd! I’ve made it so, so many times before and it smells and tastes way too eggy! I think lemon curd should taste just…lemony and not eggy. I don’t scramble anything, I strain, I cook at a low heat, I look everywhere for recipes…can you help me? And what does this lemon curd taste like? Don’t want to waste any more eggs…I’m considering your recipe so please help! Thanks!

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    • Lemon curd has a lot of eggs, so it will taste a bit eggy. That being said, I don’t like eggy tasting food, but this was perfect for me.

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  • Bree,
    This and your sugar cookie recipe are my all time favorites. I have made each of them time and time again.

    Love your posts…love that your food is normal, regular food that family’s eat!!

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  • Can I make lemon curd in my ninja? I do not have a food processor. What can I use instead?

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    • I would make it the more traditional way. I don’t think that there is enough room in a Ninja.

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