Everyone should know how to make lemon curd! Lemon curd is the perfect side to lemon strawberry scones, muffins, toast, and desserts! It’s sweet, tangy and so easy to make!
My favorite tea shop has the best scones and sweets. They are all delicately arranged on a tiered tray and served with clotted cream, jam, and lemon curd on the side. There is something exquisite about sipping on hot tea while munching on scones and lemon curd. It feels sophisticated for one thing but the taste is truly divine. Lemon curd may seem complicated but it is one of the easiest things to make. You need only a microwave and a few ingredients and you are on your way to afternoon tea!
How Is Lemon Curd Made?
While some recipes call for you to prepare you lemon curd on the stove top, I’m here to tell you can make lemon curd in the microwave in just minutes! Think of lemon curd as almost a custard, to get that creamy consistency you have to start with eggs. Eggs and sugar are whisked together along with a little lemon juice and lemon zest.
This next is someone critical as it is the difference between lemon curd and lemon eggs. Slowly stream in melted butter into the lemon mixture. I mean drizzle it in a little at a time and make sure you are whisking the entire time! This will temper or cool the eggs so that they do not curdle or scramble!
WHERE IS THE LEMON CURD RECIPE?
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All that remains to do is to microwave your lemon curd. I like to work a minute at a time. Place your lemon curd in the microwave, heat for 1 minute then stir. Repeat this process maybe 1-2 more times until the mixture coats the back of a spoon and comes together almost like pudding. At this point, the curd is ready to sit in the fridge where it will thicken completely.
How Long Does Lemon Curd Keep?
If stored properly, lemon curd will keep for some time. Store your lemon curd in the fridge in an air-tight container and it will last you for up to two weeks!
Can lemon curd be frozen? Yes!
Lemon curd can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a year! When you need the lemon curd, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator and use within a few weeks of opening.
What’s Lemon Curd Used For?
As mentioned above, lemon curd is great with scones, muffins, toast, or just with a spoon! But it is also great as a pancake or French toast topper. My favorite ways to use up lemon curd are:
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1 lemon zested
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- In a microwave safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and the eggs. Stir in lemon juice and zest. Slowly whisk in the melted butter and place the bowl in the microwave. Heat the lemon mixture in 1-minute intervals or until the mixture becomes thicken enough to coat the back of a spoon. Refrigerate the lemon curd until it has set.
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 21mgSodium 22mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g