Classic Lemon Curd Recipe

Classic Lemon Curd Recipe

Smooth and creamy, this sweet-tart lemon curd is easier to make than you think and has so many uses—in tarts, cakes, cookies or on its own as a spread.
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  • Serves: 32 persons



  1. Step 1

    Add 1 inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. In a medium metal bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about 2 minutes until smooth and well blended. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest until combined.
  2. Step 2

    Place the mixing bowl on top of the saucepan (the bowl should be wide enough to fit on top of the saucepan, but shouldn't be touching the simmering water). Cook the mixture over the water, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as you stir, until the mixture begins to thicken, and will coat the back of a spoon. It should leave a path on the back of a spoon and will read 170 F on a thermometer. Don't let the mixture boil. This will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the water. Turn the burner off.
  3. Step 3

    Whisk the butter into the lemon mixture, adding 1 slice at a time. Wait until each piece of butter is almost completely dissolved before adding the next.
  4. Step 4

    Spoon the lemon curd into a clean bowl or several small glass containers and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming.  Let the curd cool to room temperature. It will continue to thicken as it cools. Refrigerate the curd until ready to use.