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homemade lemon curd

Homemade Lemon Curd

It’s so easy to make delicious homemade lemon curd – you need just four ingredients and less than 30 minutes!
Course Dessert
Keyword afternoon tea, citrus, lemon, spread, spring, summer
Servings 1 cup


  • 5 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter


  • In a heavy saucepan, combine the egg yolks and sugar; whisk briskly for about 1 minute. Add the lemon zest and juice; whisk again for 1 minute to blend. Cut butter into small pieces, about 1 inch each.
  • Set the pan over low heat and cook gently, stirring almost constantly, until the mixture visibly thickens, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan from heat and add pieces of butter. Let cool, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted and mixture comes approximately to room temperature.
  • Cover tightly and store in the fridge. Makes 1 cup worth.
  • Curd will keep well in the fridge for about 7 days.


Cooking low and slow, and the near-constant stirring, is important to prevent the egg from "cooking" into little clumps, rather than forming the sweet custard that you want.