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Lemon Curd in a jar with a spoon and some lemons around.
Lemon Curd
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
20 mins
Lemon curd is a critical component of lemon meringue tart, but it's also delicious with a freshly baked scone or swirled into a bowl of yogurt.
Course: Desserts/Sweets
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Vegetarian
Servings: 12 Makes 1-½ cups
Calories: 162 kcal
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • cups sugar
  • ¾ cup lemon juice about 5 lemons
  • pinch salt
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 6 tablespoons butter unsalted, sliced
  1. Combine the eggs, egg yolk, sugar, lemon juice and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk together.
  2. Place the pan over medium heat and cook the mixture, stirring constantly with a spatula, until the curd has thickened and has reached 175°F – about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and butter, a little at a time.
  4. Use the curd right away for lemon meringue tart or cool to thicken and serve with scones or yogurt.