Lemon curd recipe

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A custard-like dessert sauce made with eggs, lemon juice and zest, sugar, and butter. Lemon curd makes an ideal dessert spread for scones and breads as well as the filling for Lemon meringue pie .

Lemon curd recipe
Lemon curd
Servings:Serves 10 - Makes 1 x 12 oz jar of lemon curd
Calories per serving:98
Ready in:25 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:10 minutes
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:Chef
First published:29th July 2013

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  1. Grate the lemon rinds to produce two tablespoons of zest. Grate only the yellow zest, avoid the inner white pith which is bitter.
  2. Extract the juice from the lemons to produce ½ cup (120ml) of juice.
  3. Cut the butter into small chunks.
  4. Put eggs, zest, sugar, and salt into cooled sauce pan.
  5. Whisk ingredients in pan till frothy and light in colour (a minute or two).
  6. Add lemon juice and whisk 30 seconds.
  7. Add butter chunks.
  8. Set pan on stove burner, turn on heat to medium-to-low, and start whisking contents so they don't coagulate or stick to bottom of.
  9. Whisk constantly till butter melts and mixture thickens, then whisk another two minutes, but do not let mixture boil - it should be quite steamy (185°F, 85°C).
  10. Optional: Remove zest with the strainer over a mixing bowl and pouring the mixture through. Then work the mixture through the strainer with the spatula to strain out the zest and any egg lumps; rake mixture off bottom of strainer into bowl.
  11. Pour mixture from bowl into jar to within ¼ inch (0.75cm) from top, taking care not to get mixture on rim, then seal jar with lid.
  12. Refrigerate to thicken the product further.

Chef's notes

Keeps for several months if refrigerated.

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