Homemade Lemon Curd

September 30, 2012


I am always on the look out for easy, delicious recipes using our fresh eggs.  I love lemon curd, and of course anything homemade with fresh eggs is going to taste the best. I had never tried making curd before, but was surprised that the technique is very similar to making Hollandaise sauce in that you use a double boiler and there are just four basic ingredients. And the neat thing is that you can use lemons, limes, grapefruit or oranges for a bit of variety or depending on what you have on hand - using the same basic recipe.



Homemade Lemon Curd
(makes about 3 half-pint jars)

Ingredients

6 fresh eggs
1 1/2 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup fresh squeezed juice (from approximately 3 lemons, 4 limes, 2 oranges or a grapefruit)
1 stick ( 8T.) unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into 1/2" cubes

Set a medium bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Whisk the eggs and sugar in the bowl until smooth, then add the citrus juice and whisk to combine.

Continue to cook, whisking constantly for a several minutes, until the mixture is warmed through. Then begin to whisk in the butter, a few cubes at a time, whisking in between each addition until the butter melts completely. 

Once all the butter has been incorporated, continue to whisk, cooking until the curd thickens (about 15-20 minutes) and will coat the back of a spoon. If you have a candy thermometer, this should happen right around 180-190 degrees.

Once the curd has thickened to a nice consistency, remove from the heat and spoon the curd into  sterilized canning jars. Let cool then screw on the lids and refrigerate. The curd will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator, but I just dare you to try leaving it that long without eating it all!









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24 comments

  1. I love, love, love lemon curd! Thank you so much for the recipe - I did not realize it was so easy. Another great treat to make from our eggs - and we thought custard all of the time was the best, LOL.

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    1. You are welcome. I had no idea it was so easy either until I did a bit of research. I love making creme brulee from our fresh eggs also...oh who am I kidding ? I love making ANYTHING from our eggs.

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  2. As I posted on your FB page too - my daughter surprised me one day with lemon curd filled cupcakes and they were iced with cream cheese frosting....amazing? Oh you bet!! We are going to try the orange curd next!! Make some orange flavored cupcakes (its easy - just add a packet of unsweetened koolaid mix to the cake batter) and ice them with a cool whip/vanilla pudding/kool aid enhanced icing. Super summery treat; and I really never knew the curd was THIS easy either!

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    1. Now that sounds really good. I admit tho, I have been eating the curd right out of the jar with a spoon!

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  3. Hello Lisa,
    I just found your blogs through my friend Barbara's blog Twobirdiesandab. I must make sure my sister checks out all the wonderful info and beautiful photos of life on the farm. I see that you are from Rockville Centre. My sister and I were born in Mercy hospital!

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    1. Oh thank you! I actually grew up in New England, then moved to Long Island after college. I lived in Rockville Centre for about 10 years. I am very familiar with Mercy Hospital. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. Oh Lisa,
    I wish I were there to sample it. I have been looking for a recipe for Lemon Curd. Thank you so much. I can hardly wait to try it. I just need to go get me some lemons....

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    1. I love that you can use whatever citrus you have on hand. I haven't tried grapefruit yet but that's next.

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  5. I love lemon curd. I bet a mixed citrus curd is even better!

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  6. This looks so yummy! I want some sultana scones and curd right now!

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  7. Lisa, that looks soooo delicious!! I must try this!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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    1. I couldn't believe how EASY it was..and how much better than storebought -although no big surprise there! Thanks Christine, I'll be back next week to link up again.

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  8. yum! if you were my neighbor id make sure we were good friends so you could send some curd my way! looks delicious!

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  9. I love love love lemon curd and now I have a great recipe to try to make my own. thanks so much for linking this up at katies french language cafe's recipe link up!

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  10. love love love lemon curd. Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Sorry It's taken me a while to get here and say thank you xo

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  11. Mmm. I love lemon curd and have never tried to make it but your recipe and instructions look easy. Thanks for linking up with us at No Ordinary Blog Hop. Every blessing, Kelly.

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  12. Oh, goodness this really makes me want to be brave enough to try! A sweet friend made us some last year and it was SO good.
    This would make such a lovely gift with a loaf of English muffin bread that I make...may have to be added to my Christmas to-do list.

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    1. Oh you should try it. It really is easy. In fact I am going to make some pink grapefruit curd tomorrow!

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  13. Oops, forgot to mention I found you through the No Ordinary Blog Hop!

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  14. looks delish! (saw you on the blog hop)

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  15. thanks for sharing.

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  16. Besides being delicious on anything,lemon curd freezes really well for a good long time...that is if you can keep your hands off of it!!

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    1. That's very good to know because sometimes I have made a larger batch and it doesn't keep very long otherwise refrigerated.

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