Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The BEST Ever! Lemon Curd


Happy Wednesday!  Today I am so excited to share with you my favorite lemon curd recipe ever!  HA!  I once heard someone say "lemon curd sounds like something that came out of the wrong end of a lemon".  Funny, but true.


Lemon Curd is actually a tangy dessert spread that is often used on scones or muffins.  It has so many uses beyond this, if I could keep my spoon out of the jar, I would keep a jar in the fridge at all times.  It is so tangy and bright I eat it by the spoonful (actually I do) and you will too. I hope you enjoy!  If you are a lemon lover you will go crazy for this recipe.  It makes me do a happy dance!  The trick to getting all that lemon flavor but still a smooth texture is to cook with the zest, but at the end of the cooking time run the mixture through a sieve to remove the zest.  It leaves you with a velvety smooth lemon curd that wakes up your mouth.

Chad and I love this lemon curd recipe and every lemon lover that has tried it loves it too. Bookmark this, I have some fantastic recipes that use this lemon curd coming up.  Enjoy!

Lemon Curd
4 large lemons (or 6 small)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
5 large eggs
3/4 cup lemon juice (4 lemons)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Remove the zest of 3 lemons, in strips,  using a vegetable peeler (do not remove the white pithy part, it is bitter).


Put the zest and the sugar in a food processor, process until the zest has become fine and you have a smooth lemon sugar.


In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter and the lemon mixture for 2-3 minutes. 


Add eggs, one at a time mixing well after each addition.  Add the lemon juice and salt, mix until well combined.


Pour mixture into a medium saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring constantly.  Cook until lemon curd reaches about 180 degrees.  Remove the curd from heat and strain though a sieve set over a bowl.  Discard strained zest and allow to cool.


Enjoy!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe - The Slow Roasted Italian.com

10 comments:

  1. Love lemon curd - on or in anything. Beautiful recipe.

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    1. Me too Tricia. I don't keep it in the fridge for that reason. Sometimes, something is just too good. This is one of those. So delicious and tempting. Mine is in the freezer.

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  2. BEST Lemon Curd Ever. I loved this so much!! Perfectly tart and sweet at the same time. Thanks for my sweet treat this weekend!

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    1. Thank you for the ringing endorsement. I was going to call it "Best Ever", so after your fabulous review, I changed it. I think it is the best I have ever made or eaten. So glad you enjoyed it! I am posting the sweet treat on Friday.

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  3. This sounds wonderful and I can think of a zillion things to do with it!

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  4. Incredible lemon curd!!!, wow, it looks really good.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe, I´m in the north of Spain and it´s really difficult for us to find this even in a jar.
    Love
    Marialuisa

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  5. I love lemon curd and look amazing!

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  6. I LOVE LEMONS! I LOVE CITRUS! So glad I found your post! It's the best one from my extensive search. ♡

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  7. I live in South Africa made this tonight and it was a HUGE hit! Thx so much for the recipe

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