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Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Learn How to Make Lemon Curd from scratch! It’s easy to make and much more delicious than store-bought! This lemon curd recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

finished Lemon Curd recipe in a glass Weck Jar on a white plate, topped with lemon zest

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Afternoon tea, anyone? Lemon curd is sweet, tangy, and is used similarly to a jam on scones. We have Great Britain to thank for this gorgeous lemon dessert. Cheers!

If you’re not a fan of tea and scones, don’t worry. I’ll allow you to break tradition. As a matter of fact, this easy lemon curd recipe is versatile and can be used as a filling for macarons, tarts, and other lemony and springtime desserts. I’ve linked some ideas for you to incorporate lemon curd into your next Saturday baking spree below.

Grab a spot of tea, keep calm, and carry on.


What You Need To Know About Lemon Curd Recipe

This lemon curd is based on my Paleo Lemon Curd recipe, which is a honey lemon curd because honey is used in place of sugar. It also calls for a paleo-friendly fat source in place of butter. You can adjust the sweetness to your liking but I suggest starting with this base recipe.

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What is Lemon Curd?

Lemon Curd came about in 18th century Great Britain with a stroke of genius and loads of lemon zest.

The recipe is easy peasy lemon squeezy (see what I did there?). Lemon curd is made of eggs yolks, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter. See, it’s really simple. It’s well worth the time investment because homemade lemon curd really takes the cake in comparison to the store-bought jars.


Lemon Curd Uses

This simple Gluten Free Lemon Cake is one of THE BEST cakes I’ve ever had! Moist, tender cake layered with lemon curd and cream cheese frosting. It’s absolutely delicious and you’d never know it was gluten free! This recipe makes 2 6-inch cake layers that are sliced and turned into a 4 layer cake. You can double the recipe and bake it as a 9 inch cake or 8 inch cake. This lemon cake recipe is perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation parties, wedding showers, baby showers, and birthday cakes.

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Lemon Curd Ingredients

  • Egg Yolks
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Fresh Lemon Juice – not from concentrate or bottled
  • Lemon Zest
  • Unsalted Butter

overhead shot of lemon curd ingredients in individual bowls


Equipment Needed to Make Homemade Lemon Curd

  • small saucepan
  • heatproof glass bowl 
  • whisk
  • plastic wrap
  • airtight container 

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How to Make Lemon Curd

Step 1. Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl on top.

Step 2. Add in the egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the bowl. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly for 10-15 minutes. The mixture should thicken quite a bit and resemble hollandaise when it’s fully cooked.

Step 3. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter.

Step 4. Place plastic wrap on top of the bowl so that it is touching the curd– this will help keep a skin from forming. 

Step 5. Once the curd has cooled completely, remove the plastic wrap and transfer the mixture to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

plastic wrap on top of lemon curd ready to be chilled


Tips for Making Lemon Curd

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Other Lemon Curd Desserts To Try

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finished Lemon Curd recipe in a glass Weck Jar on a white plate, topped with lemon zest

Easy Lemon Curd Recipe

Yield: 1 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Learn How to Make Lemon Curd from scratch! It’s easy to make and much more delicious than store-bought! This lemon curd recipe has the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed and room temperature

Instructions

  1. Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl on top.
  2. Add in the egg yolks, granulated sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest to the bowl. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly for 10-15 minutes. The mixture should thicken quite a bit and resemble hollandaise when it’s fully cooked. The curd is thick enough when it coats the back of a spoon and holds a line when you draw your finger through it.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter.
  4. Place plastic wrap on top of the bowl so that it is touching the curd-- this will help keep a skin from forming.
  5. Once the curd has cooled completely, remove the plastic wrap and transfer the mixture to an airtight container, preferably a glass jar.
  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

  1. For a thicker, pudding-like consistency, cook the lemon curd a few minutes longer.
  2. Read the blog post for tips and uses for lemon curd.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 212Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 147mgSodium: 38mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g

Nutrition Facts are estimated and aren't always accurate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs. Calories based on 8 servings of about 2 tablespoons per serving.

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lemon curd topped with lemon zest in a clear glass Weck Jar on top of a white plate with a spoon on the side

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