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15 Minute Lemon Curd

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Enjoy this thick, delicious, and easy lemon curd packed with lemon punch on a scone, shortbread cookie, or on a spoon!

Enjoy summer with this tart and simple lemon curd. It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a lemon curd recipe good enough to slather on anything. Even a spoon!

Can I just say…ohmygoodnessgracious.  This lemon curd is seriously something I dream about.  It keeps me up nights.  This lemon curd and I are practically bff’s.  For life.  And when my turn rolled around in our monthly ingredient challenge to pick the ingredient I chose lemons just so I could make this recipe.  Just so I could share it with you.  Just so you could go out and experience your own love affair with lemon curd.

I had long been a store bought lemon curd kind of gal.  That is until I wanted to impress my cousins with my brunch prowess one Mother’s Day weekend.  And had a ton of leftover lemons from a homemade lemonade dare.  I’ll tell you that story sometime.  Promise.  But back to this lemon curd.

Enjoy summer with this tart and simple lemon curd. It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a lemon curd recipe good enough to slather on anything. Even a spoon!

The original recipe I found called for tangerine, which I have actually never even used. I’ve always substituted just a regular old orange.  But then I got into my ultra crazy gotta have it pucker my lips and make my eyes water lemon phase and I dropped the other citrus all together.  Because me and lemon are like THIS.  And it delivers!  You don’t realize just how MUCH the orange curbs the lemony tartness until you leave it out.  But oh boy is it worth every single lip puckering moment.  So go all in with nothing but lemon or tone it down a notch with the orange.  Totally up to you.  But I dare you to make it with just lemon at least once 😉

What can you do with lemon curd, you ask?  Eat it off a spoon.  Oh.  You wanted some other suggestions?  Fine.  Try it on top of scones or shortbread or regular bread or inside a delicious lemon cupcake or in these donuts or on a spoon.  Because you won’t be able to keep your greedy little mitts off this stuff!  I’ve made two batches in the last week.  You know, for recipe testing purposes…

Enjoy summer with this tart and simple lemon curd. It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a lemon curd recipe good enough to slather on anything. Even a spoon!

Meaghan

Enjoy summer with this tart and simple lemon curd. It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a lemon curd recipe good enough to slather on anything. Even a spoon!

15 Minute Lemon Curd

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbs sugar
  • ½ Tbs lemon zest*
  • ¾ cup lemon juice**
  • 8 Tbs salted butter

Instructions

  1. Combine lemon zest and sugar on a clean cutting board and macerate with the back of a spoon or flat edge of a knife until sugar is a light yellow color and fragrant.
  2. Add sugar/zest mixture, egg yolks, lemon juice, and butter to a medium sauce pan over medium low heat.
  3. Whisk constantly until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*For a less tart curd substitute with the zest of one small orange
**For a less tart curd substitute with 1/4 cup orange juice and 1/2 cup lemon juice

Enjoy summer with this tart and simple lemon curd. It comes together in just 15 minutes and is a lemon curd recipe good enough to slather on anything. Even a spoon!

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Wells Hunter

Wednesday 20th of July 2016

Hey Meaghan! I just tried this recipe, and it is DELICIOUS. I'm planning to fold in some whipped cream and pipe it into cream puffs for a company party, and I can't wait for my co-workers to try them. Thank you so much for sharing!

Meaghan

Wednesday 27th of July 2016

You made my day! I'm so glad you liked it and I hope your coworkers love it, too!

~Meaghan

Bill

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

Why does both the lemon zest and lemon juice have an asterisk by them? I don't see anything they refer to.

Meaghan

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Thank you for catching that! The notes must have gotten lost with the most recent update of that plugin :) Those asterisks are just to note that if you want a curd that is less tart to substitute orange zest for the lemon and 1/4 cup of orange juice.

~Meaghan

Paige @ Where Latin Meets Lagniappe

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Oh yummy Meaghan! I've always wanted to try making lemon curd, and you make it look super easy! I LOVE lemon curd on buttered toast!

Meaghan

Friday 17th of June 2016

Oh gosh yes! Lemon curd is good on just about any type of bread, biscuit, or scone. Plus it really is deceptively easy but sounds so fancy :P

~Meaghan

Brian Jones

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

Really love the sound of this, I have never made Lemon Curd and my wife loves it... Forget spreading it just a spoon and she is happy!

Meaghan

Friday 17th of June 2016

I'm pretty happy with this stuff on just a spoon, too! Lemon curd is so much easier than it looks and it makes for a great gift ;)

~Meaghan

Kim Callahan

Friday 18th of September 2015

Can't wait to give this a try... my youngest son has chewed on lemon slices since he was a baby!! One of our favorite things to do it take the lemon curd right out of the jar (before this recipe that is...) warm it up and use it as a dip for chicken fingers or fish sticks... YUMMMMMM!!

Meaghan

Friday 18th of September 2015

Kim, that sounds fantastic! I absolutely love homemade lemon curd because it's just SO crazy easy. You'll love dipping your chicken fingers in this homemade lemon curd even more :)

~Meaghan