Homemade Lemon Curd is a burst of citrus flavor that’s scrumptious with everything from pies to pancakes!
Lemon is my go to citrus flavor. While I love grapefruit, orange & lime in my cocktails, for desserts and breakfast it’s all about lemon! Bright, fresh lemon. One of my favorite way to add lemon to these dishes is lemon curd. It’s easy to make and keeps in the fridge for a couple weeks…if it lasts that long.
So this whole fruit curd business. It’s not exactly a custard, like most people might think. While the consistency it similar, curds are super fruit forward giving an intense flavor you don’t get in custards or pie fillings. You can also take this basic recipe a substitute in your favorite citrus flavors like orange, lime, grapefruit, blood orange, or tangerine!
Curds have been popular for servings high tea, filling cakes, and more! You can even fold it into your whipped cream or no bake cheesecake for a taste that’s out of this world! Personally, I like my lemon curd over some blueberry pancakes or waffles, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy it.
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 lemons, zested and juiced
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, cut into small pieces and kept cold
- Add enough water to a medium saucepan to make the water 1-inch high in the pan. Place over medium-high heat and bring the water to a simmer.
- In a glass or metal bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until combined and smooth.
- Measure ⅓ cup of lemon juice. If you don't have enough lemon juice to make a full ⅓ cup, add water until the measurement is reached. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to the egg yolk mixture. Whisk until smooth.
- Place the bowl over the steaming water (creating a double boiler). Cook the lemon mixture for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved, the mixture is quite warm, and the liquid coats the back of a spoon.
- Remove the lemon mixture from the heat. Add 1-2 pieces of cold butter to the lemon mixture and whisk until almost completely melted. Add a 1-2 more piece of butter and whisk to melt. Continue until all the butter has been added and is melted. (DO NOT add all the butter at once. You want to emulsify the fats into the lemon mixture.) You will feel the lemon curd thicken as you add the butter.
- Transfer the lemon curd to a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap - the plastic wrap should be touching the top of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until the curd is cooled and thickens more. Transfer to an airtight container.