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Lemon Curd

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

Lemon is the best! And lemon curd is even better! This recipe is better than the store bought stuff in a jar. This homemade lemon curd is sweet, tangy, smooth and packs a punch. Smear it on toast, add to a pie, or even eat it with a spoon. it really doesn't get better than this. I will also be sharing my lemon curd ice cream recipe too. It's delicious.

Frequently asked questions

Can I make this in a saucepan?

I would recommend using a double boiler system to make this Lemon curd. Making this directly in a saucepan may cause the lemon curd to burn if cooked too quickly. If you don't have a double boiler, then you can make one by using a saucepan with water with a heatproof bowl on top.

I don't have fresh lemon juice, can I use bottled lemon juice?

Using bottled lemon juice would lead to a metallic tasting lemon curd. So definitely try for fresh lemon juice. I cannot stress that enough.

What can I use my lemon curd with?

  • Smear on your toast

  • In Ice cream

  • On Scones

  • In Trifle

  • On Biscuits

  • Inside Cakes

  • On Yogurt

  • To Top a Pavlova

The possibilities are endless. So let's get to making some delicious Lemon curd.

Preparation Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Yields 1 cup


4 egg yolks

2/3 cup / 135 grams sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/3 cup/ 80 ml fresh lemon juice

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter