Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Home-made lemon curd

Lemon curd

Sorry that the picture doesn't do my lemon curd justice.  I have made jams and a chutney before but this was my very first attempt at lemon curd – and it turned out just great!  And was quicker to do than jam or chutney.  What's not to love?

The only thing is that I realised how much butter and sugar goes into it – we have used bought lemon curd up to now – and liked it very much – no wonder with all the butter in there!  We now have it straight on toast rather than buttering first.


8-9 lemons – enough to make 1 ¼ cups of lemon juice (which you strain)

220g butter, cubed (just under 8 oz)

1 ½ cups of caster sugar

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon – I used my microplane

6 large eggs

Now I have put quantities in – because for this recipe the relative proportions are important to the result.  This made 3 normal sized jars.

I won't tell you how to get your jars ready.  You might sterilise etc.  I just rinse clean jars in hot water.  And keep the curd in the fridge.

If you have a double boiler you should use it.  I didn't so put a metal bowl over the top of a saucepan and it worked just fine.

So you get your water to the boil – don't put in too much – it mustn't touch the bottom of the bowl.

Pop your bowl on top and then put in your sugar, butter, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Heat over medium heat until the butter has all melted.

In another bowl whisk the eggs well – now comes the only tricky part.  You put the egg into the butter mixture and then anxiously stir it continuously with a wooden spoon until it thickens.  Now don't stop stirring – but also pull the bowl away from the heat and check that the water underneath is only simmering gently.  If you apply too much heat at this stage things will turn to scrambled egg!  Disaster.

The moment I felt it thickening – which took about 5 to 7 minutes, I pulled it off the heat and stirred furiously to ensure the bottom wasn't sticking.  Don't worry if it is still a bit runny – it will thicken some more when it cools.

Pour the mixture though a sieve and then pour it into the jars – using your jam funnel, if you have one.

I put little waxed paper discs on top of each pot and then put on the lids.  The waxed discs are optional but I think they give a better seal.

The store bought version costs $4.99 a jar and I worked out that my version cost $3.00 for the ingredients.  If you counted my time and the gas it would probably have been cheaper to buy it.  But the result was so perfectly to our taste that I am sure I will do it again.


  1. One of my favorites and my daughters too, thanks for sharing,I'll give this one a try.

  2. Thanks for this! I've always wanted to try making it myself but have never really read a good how-to about it before.

  3. Hooray!! I LOVE lemon curd. I made it this summer too, and am excited to never buy it ever AGAIN! I think homemade tastes better too :)

  4. This looks much better than my recipe. (Mine's too sweet) Thank You!

  5. I cannot stress how much I LOVE lemon curd - and if it's homemade, I love it even more. But you're right about the butter & sugar of course!

  6. I have never tried lemon curd... at least I don't think so but I am sure I would love it. What do you use it for?

  7. home made is so much better! and you can experiment with flavours :)

  8. I'd love to try some, never had any before - looks so good!

  9. I've never had or used lemon curd before. What do you do with it? What am I missing out on because I really like lemons in recipes. Love that tang! Dropping by from Delicious Dish Tuesday

  10. I have been wanting to try this. Thank you so much for posting it on Manic Monday. Pinned and shared on FB and Twitter :) hope to see you next week!!

  11. Great recipe! Thanks you joined to my link party!


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