This lemon curd recipe is extremely simple to make and taste just as good (with a little extra 'oomph') than the kind you can purchase at the grocery store. I love to make a lot, store it in mason jars, and keep it waiting in the fridge ready to be used on toast, pancakes, waffles, and other delicious things. It's also fantastic in pies or to tarts.
|My favorite Saturday morning breakfast with pancakes in their birthday suit waiting for lemon curd!|
|"Ahh..."-- the pancakes|
Homemade Lemon Curd
adapted from Ina Garten
the zest of 3 large lemons (avoid the white part)
1 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
4 large eggs at room temperature
3-4 lemons, juiced (about 1/2 cup)
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1. In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest and white sugar and whisk together well until the mixture is combined.
2. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter until it is fluffy and then add the sugar and lemon mixture-- continue to beat for about 1-2 more minutes to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to mix on medium until everything becomes a pale yellow-- about 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, vanilla, and salt and keep mixing for about 10 more minutes. If the mixture starts to look curdled, keep beating.
3. Pour the mixture into a medium-large saucepan and cook it on low heat until it becomes thick and coats the back of your stirring utensil. Be sure to stir continuously to avoid burning the bottom of the lemon curd batch. This should take about 10 minutes and the curd so reach just below a simmer. Remove from the heat, transfer to jars or sealable containers, and allow it to cool before transferring to the refrigerator to cool and store.