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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lemon Curd













When life gives you lemon, make lemon curd. 

Alright, I know thats one of the most eroded lines one writes for a lemony post. I'm limited by my imagination guys. At least, I'm not saying I have a writer's block, which well I might be in a couple of minutes so lets hurry up and let me tell you what I have to. I love citrus desserts. I already have my favorite orange cheese cupcakes with nutella and lemon panacotta with lavender cream on the blog. 


I have always been intimated with lemon curd as it involves dealing with eggs. But then I read the recipe over and over again and it really didn't look all that difficult. And trust me its so easy peasy, you will be glad you made it. I have been secretly eating it with morning muffins (is that acceptable?), having it mixed with my daily dose of yogurt and using it as a dip for eating coconut pieces. But then I stopped, I had an idea I had to work on before I went through the whole jar all by myself, more about that in the next post!
Lemon curd was sweet enough to have by itself and just the right amount of lemonness (they need to have that word). Thick and shiny, add it to whipping cream for some lemony frostings . Here's how you make it:

Lemon Curd
adapted from thelittleteochew and joyofbaking

Ingredients
5 tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 tbsp butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp grated lemon zest

Method
In a steel bowl whisk together all the ingredients except the butter. 


Bring a pot of water to slow simmer and put the steel bowl on it whisking all the way. (you don't want it to curdle). Of course you need to make sure the size of your pot and the steel bowl is such that it fits right in.



Once the mixture thickens, to coat the back of the spoon take it off the pot. Add in the slab of butter and whisk well so the butter melts into the mixture. Let cool and transfer to clean jar.  Put cling film on it before closing the lid and refrigerate overnight. It keeps upto a week in a refrigerate.


Eat spoonfuls and be happy. Can't wait to post what I did with this! It will make you happier. 
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36 comments

  1. Lovely pictures Kulsum !! Tempting me to try this as I have never tasted it

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  2. I love lemon curd!! Very seasonal and festive for the Holidays! Anything tangy sweet speaks to me:)

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  3. I love the dense color.Though I am not a big fan of lemon in deserts,it just occured to me if I can give this a try with oranges...what say ..will it work?

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  4. @Tanvi Oh yes, you can make orange curd too, oh! now I'm imagining it! I remember you telling me you dont like lemons, orange would be great :)Just reduce the sugar according to the sweetness of orange juice.

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  5. Okay Kulsum..I will try to make orange curd and tell you how it went by!In fact I think any kind of citrus will work with this recipe!

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  6. Lovely! Someone was just asking me how to make lemon curd for a tart because she just made some and it turned out too eggy. I will send her your link!

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  7. love the yellow zing there...stunning pic kulsum...and trust me ur first line of the post made me laugh oh yes it made some sense too :)

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  8. delicious! I love lemon curd... Sometimes I would also add in a few passionfruit. So good.

    PS: loveee your photos!

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  9. what a beautiful color! sounds fun. definitely going to try :)

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  10. Yum, I love lemon curd! I love how refreshing citrus is. It provides a much-needed pick me up this time of year!

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  11. love lemon curd! I have to have this almost every afternoon with tea!

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  12. Am I the only person who had no idea that lemon curd had butter in it? My God I need to stop eating it with a spoon!! I thought it was just lemons and cornstarch and sugar or something.

    Must say that this looks delicious! Better than what I purchase at TJ's for sure.

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  13. Lemon curd is wonderful on muffins, scones, toast...just about anything! I can't wait to see what else you've done with it. :)

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  14. I love lemon curd! Thanks for posting this recipe...

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  15. Waiting with baited breath for the next installment. I do eat up recipes that call for lemon curd, it is the BEST!

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  16. Stunning photo of your lemon curd. I first tasted this in London years ago and I liked it a lot. I can finally make it with your recipe! Thanks for sharing! Cheers!

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  17. This is such a simple, easy recipe. Never ate lemon curd myself but your post may just make me try it :) And great pics Kulsum!

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  18. i saw this on tastespotting a few days ago and adored it! really, really beautiful photo. x shayma

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  19. Oh, you did a beautiful, awesome job! Love the sunny yellow colour. :)

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  20. Great post, haven't yet made my own lemon curd, but I will make this for sure.

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  21. Looking forward to reading more great posts from you! Happy cooking.

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  22. i love lemons in everything! lemon curd cans still remain in my pantry but i never got to making it on my own due to laziness. your sunshiny lemon curd just inspired me to start! beautiful!

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  23. gorgeous pic of the lemon curd and love the recipe! I adore all things citrus...especially in desserts!

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  24. Lemon curd is magical! Because I'm impatient, I make mine over direct heat and just whisk madly! I know that makes me bad, but I just don't care! lol

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  25. Wow wonderful color and I love lemon curd best for all desserts.. ur pictures are amazing.

    Pavithra
    www.dishesfrommykitchen.com

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  26. Your curd looks fabulous! I always wonder why people would pay so much for it at the store when it's so easy to make and the results are much fresher, flavorful, and pretty like here.

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  27. Amelia from Z Tasty LifeMarch 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    lovely: bright and cheery!!! perfect with scones.

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  28. I have to admit, I'm not the biggest lover of lemon curb. Something about childhood memories and gingham ties. Anyway, your imagery is just delectable! Have a great weekend!

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  29. thanks for the recipe ive been meaning to make some i have tons of lemons in my backyard!

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  30. Love your pics! So cheery and fun!

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  31. Thank you. Most Australians call it Lemon Butter and I have been known to eat it straight from the jar!!

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  32. Hey, lovely pictures! Any idea if I can use anything as a substitute for eggs? I'm a vegetarian.

    Thanks! :)

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  33. How much did this make?

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  34. Made this and its absolutely yummy!! This receipe fills in one medium nutella jar!

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  35. This is an amazing recipe! I have never made lemon curd before, so I was afraid it might not come out, but it did! I will be making this recipe again, it's delicious!

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  36. Tried it with mango pulp instead of lemon juice and it was so yummy and smooth! Great on ice cream, hoping to modify it as a cupcake filling.

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