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perfect lemon curd
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Perfect Lemon Curd

Creamy, tangy and sweet describes this Perfect Lemon Curd. The most versatile dessert topping for all your summer treats! Try it soon!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: dessert sauce, dessert topping, lemon curd, lemon spread
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 250kcal


  • 6 egg yolks
  • cups sugar
  • 2 lemon zest (SEE NOTES)
  • ½ cup lemon juice (SEE NOTES)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter


  • Cut the butter into slices and set aside
  • Zest the 2 lemons and set zest aside
  • Add the lemon juice, zest, sugar, salt and egg yolks to a double boiler and whisk
  • Stir constantly till the mixture thickens and coats the spoon (SEE NOTES)
  • Turn the stove off, add in the butter and stir till it melts
  • Spoon the mixture into the jars and cool


Lemon Zest: The lemon Zest adds a depth of flavor and gives the curd it's true citrusy smell. I leave mine in as it gets cooked and the bits don't bother me. If you prefer your curd smoother you can run it through a fine mesh strainer before bottling it to remove the bits.
Lemon Juice: Fresh squeezed lemon juice is a must when making curd. The bottled variety has preservatives that interfere with the taste and your results will be sub par.
Is Your Curd Ready: The best and timeless test to determine if your curd is ready is to see if the curd coats your spoon. Then run a finger down the back of the spoon and if the   line down the middle remains clear your custard is thick enough.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 225mg | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 612IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg