Rich Lemon Curd


  • Total Time10 mins
  • Makes2 cups
Rich Lemon Curd

Photo: Craig Boyko

Pastry shop delicacies are within your grasp thanks to this simple lemon curd. It's thick, creamy and oh-so tangy.


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 2 eggs, at room temperature

  • 3 egg yolks, at room temperature

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • 2/3 cup lemon juice


  • Beat sugar with butter, eggs, yolks and salt in a medium saucepan, with an electric mixer on high, until creamy, about 1 min. Beat in lemon juice. (Mixture may curdle but will smooth out during cooking.)

  • Set saucepan over medium-high. Cook, whisking constantly, until curd is thickened and smooth and coats the back of a spoon, 3 to 5 min. Serve warm or store in jars. Refrigerate up to 5 days.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 47, Protein 1g, Carbohydrates 5g, Fat 3g, Sodium 14mg.

How to use it

  • Swirl with yogurt
  • Smear on toast (with plenty of butter and a pinch of salt)
  • Pair it with creamy cheeses for entertaining
  • Make it into a cute dessert: dollop into mini canning jars and top with whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers
  • Serve with pancakes
  • Fill mini tart shells (or one large one)

Originally published in the January + February 2018 issue. Photo by Craig Boyko. 

This article was originally published on Dec 27, 2017

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