In Praise of Lemon Curd (Mom – You’ll Want to Skip this One)

I adore lemon curd. It’s gorgeous and delicious and elegant in its simplicity. It is also amazingly calorie dense, basically made of the magic of egg yolks, butter, and sugar with a little bit of citrus to brighten things up. There is no reasonable way to make a “light” lemon curd. One accepts it for what it is. Did I mention delicious? simple? bright? It’s one of my favorite things.

lemon curd

  • 3 eggs
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 1/4 oz (3/4 cup) sugar
  • juice of three lemons
  • peel of three lemons
  • 4 1/2 oz (9 Tbsp) unsalted butter

Combine everything in a heavy saucepan, 2qts or more. Have a spatula and bowl (or jar or other container) nearby to transfer the finished curd to. If you also have a fine mesh strainer that fits over your container, all the better.

Cook over medium to medium-low heat, whisking constantly, until thick. (You want ribbon stage here, when you lift the whisk and let the curd drop back into the pan, it should form a ribbon on the surface before sinking back in.) Immediately take it off heat and push through a strainer into a container. (You can skip the straining if you’re not feeling fancy or picky, but it will get out any inadvertent bits of slightly overcooked egg.) 

Spread in a pre-baked tart shell and bake ~5 minutes at ~375ºF to firm up. Or spread on waffles. Or eat with a spoon. Or on scones. Or… (Lemon curd will also keep in the fridge for a week or two.)

 

One thought on “In Praise of Lemon Curd (Mom – You’ll Want to Skip this One)

  1. Mary, we’ve tasted lemon curd in Scotland, and it was fabulous. Not something I’ll try making at home, though…

    On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 4:57 PM, there is no perfect wrote:

    > mary_m posted: “I adore lemon curd. It’s gorgeous and delicious and > elegant in its simplicity. It is also amazingly calorie dense, basically > made of the magic of egg yolks, butter, and sugar with a little bit of > citrus to brighten things up. There is no reasonable way to” >

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