With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Lemon Curd

Monday, December 19, 2011

Lemon Curd

Poured into pretty stemware (from the Christmas Tree Shop), covered with plastic wrap and bedecked with a satin bow, these sweet gifts will be given to friends.

A couple of months ago, I made my first batch of lemon curd.  My oldest grandson, Jared and I love all things lemon. And apparently my youngest granddaughter, Cambrie loves the tart, bright lemon flavor too.  With Cambrie sitting on my lap, I gave her a tiny spoonful of Lemon Curd. And then another... and another... and another.  No sooner had she swallowed, she was saying, "mor,  mor."

Unfortunately, I was not able to find that recipe so had to search again.
I followed the ingredient list from my friend Paula's blog and the directions from another blog.

Lemon Curd is super easy and fast to make using the microwave.
Spread it on toast or scones
use as a topping for berries or cheesecake
or do what Cambrie and I do... eat it with a spoon :)

Lemon Curd
Recipe adapted from Salad in a Jar and  My Baking Addiction 

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3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
grated rind from 2 lemons (I used about 2 rounded Tablespoons)
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly

In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter.

Cook in the microwave, high power for 3-4 minutes at 1 minute intervals, stirring well after each minute, until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. (I cooked for 1 minute twice then 30 seconds and finally three times at 15 seconds). Pour into small sterile jars.

  • After squeezing the lemons, I poured the juice through a strainer to catch the seeds and pulp. The first batch, I did not strain out the pulp.   I did notice tiny bits of pulp in the finished mixture but  it was pleasant and I thought it added a bit of brightness to the taste.  If you want yours silky smooth, strain out the pulp.
  • I whisked the eggs well to be sure they incorporated completely with no pieces of cooked egg in the curd.
  • The Lemon Curd can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks.  Paula said it can be stored in the freezer up to a year.
  • This recipe filled three glasses (each glass held about 3/4 cup) with a little leftover.

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Mary Howell Cromer said...

OH to wish to be the recipient of such a lovely gift as this. I adore lemon curd, as well as lime curd...just thinking about them, makes my mouth water for the goodness. What a sweet gesture of love you have made~

Snap said...

This sounds so good. I love lemon anything! Copying the recipe! Thank you!

Donna said...

I love it! I just opened a jar of lemon curd about a week ago. Dee-LISH! We've made it before too. I also adore lime curd.

Marilyn said...

Too bad YOU aren't my neighbor--I'd adore a gift like this! Merry Christmas.♥♫

Ann said...

I've never heard of lemon curd but it sounds yummy and the gift is lovely. I also adore Christmas tree shop :)

Maple Lane said...

I would love this! Such great photos, Lorraine.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks beautiful in the glasses! I love the microwave lemon curd, it's foolproof!

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, I love lemon curd. Soooooo decadent. Your lucky recipients of such a yummy gift!Susan

Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

What a sweet idea!
Have a wonderful day,

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I love lemon curd and yours is pretty in that glass. I've never made it before but now I'll definitely give it a try.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How pretty and festive! I have a friend who makes it and serves it with her homemade scones...yummy! Merry Christmas!...hugs...Debbie

Maggie Ann said...

Yum, I must try this! And thank you for the super convenient 'print' option. That is so nice...=) Warm wishes to you and your family for a Blessed & Happy Christmas. I always enjoy your blog posts, its so nice to be blogging friends. Very.

lesa said...

Hi, new to your blog. I love anything lemon so this recipe is going to be wonderful to try. Thanks.

Ruby Jean said...

Oh that not only looks Beautiful it sounds DELIGHTFUL!!!! I do believe I would like to Reserve a Seat.. :)

Ruby Jean said...

I thought I had already been following but I guess I wasn't... :( Well I am now... :) Just became your newest follower!!!

Crystal Mary said...

Greetings from the land of Oz...Yes I love lemon curd, we call it lemon butter here, its so delicious!! Yours looks wonderful.
Happy Christmas.

kitty said...

What a lovely gift & what lucky friends to receive it! Food gifts are the best of all. Merry Christmas!

NanaDiana said...

We love Lemon Curd too...especially in popovers! YUMMMM! Your presentation is beautiful...what lucky recipients! xo Diana

Sandy said...

This is too beautiful to eat! I am sure it must be delicious though. I am following you on Pinterest and looking forward to all you will share.
If we don't "talk" again before Sunday I do hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

Julie said...

Beautiful! I love lemon curd. Such a lovely gift. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

lindsey said...

I love lemon curd and will save this recipe. I just made your cherry cookies recipe....delicious! Need to put them away quickly for Christmas ;)

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Lorraine, Your gifts are beautiful and I already know the curd is delicious. Thanks so much for the link.

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Sue said...

We enjoy anything lemon and this recipe looks so easy, daughter has asked for a lemon meringue pie for Christmas!
I throughly enjoyed your last post, so precious, thanks for sharing.
Wishing you and your family a most blessed Christmas.

Carolyn Jung said...

I love how this can be done in the microwave. And I have plenty of Meyer lemons on my tree just ripening to make a big batch of this.

Dayle said...

I love everything lemon!

Just a little something from Judy said...

What a perfectly beautiful little gift from the heart! Thanks too for sharing the recipe with us.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

podso said...

I love lemon curd and had some today on a scone ... I have never made it. What a wonderful idea to present it so beautifully as a gift!

Have a wonderful Christmas!


SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

That's my go-to recipe for lemon curd! Sometimes I'll add a tablespoon or so of my home made limoncello ;) Beautiful idea for gifting.

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lorraine!

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love all things lemon! And I love lemon curd but have never tried to make it. This certainly sounds easy enough. Might have to give it a try over the winter break. 2 weeks off. Woohoo! Best wishes, Tammy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I still haven't tried to make lemon curd but I know I'd love it-Your presentation is beautiful! Merry Christmas:@)

Really Rainey said...

I love Lemon curd and usually buy it! I'm going to try your recipe! Thanks... Merry Christmas!

Rainey @ The Project Table

Clairejustine said...

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Bite and Sip said...

What a lovely presentation! I wish I were among those who received it. Thanks for sharing! You have a beautiful blog, I am one of your many followers

Kathleen said...

That cheesecake looks so delicious! I wish i had apiecennow! I haven't made one in ages! I make the curd like that too. Your presentation is beautiful! Don't you just love a bargain! :). And never shop there without your coupon!


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