Basic Lemon Curd

by , August 28, 2017
lemon curd
Photo by Diana Rattray

Use regular or Meyer lemons (pictured) to make this tart and tasty lemon curd. Homemade lemon curd is surprisingly easy to make, and it is a wonderful spread for biscuits, scones, and muffins. Or use lemon curd to fill a cake or cookies.

Related: Moist Lemon Quick Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes



  1. Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl. Set aside.
  2. In the top pan of a double boiler or a metal bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the sugar and eggs.
  3. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water) and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly. When the mixture has thickened to the consistency of yogurt, pour it through the sieve.
  4. Add the lemon zest to the curd and stir in the butter, a few pieces at a time.
  5. Transfer to a jar and refrigerate for up to 1 week. Or freeze the lemon curd in small amounts for up to 1 year.
The recipe makes about 1 cup of lemon curd.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.


See Also
Glazed Lemon Tea Cakes

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