Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Easy Lemon Curd


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I blogged about Lemon Curd once before, a long time ago, in my early days of blogging. I'm dedicating another post to it again for a couple of reasons.

One - and mainly this - I cringe at my old photos. Really. They are like ghosts of the past who occasionally come back to haunt me. Which is why I will not provide the link to that dreaded old post. Ha! But you can dig for it if you want, and you'll understand what I mean when you see it. So yes, laugh all you want, but quietly, OK? ;)

Two, this Lemon Curd tastes heavenly and is too good to be buried in the bowels of my blog. After tweaking the original recipe, I like this new version even more. It's a soft, delicate spread that's got a lovely balance between sweet and tart. Still, by all means, you can finetune the measurements further.

Three, to make up for the nightmarish photos the last time, I'm posting THREE beeeg beeeg nice ones today, never mind that they all look similar. Cos I'm movin' on, peeps ... movin' on.

Finally, some closure.


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Recipe
- 50 to 60g unsalted butter (more butter will make it smoother, but at the same time, fattier too ... you decide)
- 200 to 225g sugar (depending how sweet or tart you like it)
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 120ml fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest, or more if you like (depending on how strong you want the flavour of lemon)

1. In a large bowl, whisk all the ingredients except the butter*. Mix well. Place the bowl over a bain-marie** (water bath) and stir constantly. The mixture may look curdled, but it will smooth out as it cooks.
* If you want a more subtle taste of lemon, do not add the zest at this stage. Set aside with the butter.

** I'll be honest - I usually cook directly in a saucepan, whether it's lemon curd or crème pâtissière or melted chocolate. It always works well for me. Obviously, I use a good quality, heavy saucepan, and ensure that my flame is small. And I never stop stirring/tempering with the heat. So, if you are confident enough (or gungho, call it what you want), by all means, cook under direct heat. At your own risk, of course!

2. Once the mixture thickens - it should leave a path on the back of a spoon - turn off the flame and add butter in 2 or 3 additions. If you have not added in your lemon zest, add it in now and stir to mix well.

3. Allow the curd to cool slightly before transferring to a clean jar or bowl. Make sure it is covered to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator. The curd will thicken further as it cools. Covered tightly, it will keep in the refrigerator for a week and in the freezer for 2 months.

If you like a Lemon Curd Cream, make your desired amount of whipped cream according to recipe, and then fold in spoonfuls of lemon curd to it ... a spoonful at a time, so that you can taste test the amount of lemon in your cream. I whipped about 100ml heavy cream, and then folded in 2 tbsp of lemon curd, as a topping for a cake I baked. But that will be for another post. Watch this space!


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36 comments:

  1. easy lemon curd...is there such a thing??? looks great. love the old tea cups!

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  2. Very lovely lemon curd. i like the yellow hue. Nothing like making your own lemon curd. I love it on a nicely toasted slice of bread.
    Your pictures are always very nicely taken, whether they are the latest or the oldest.
    Mine are all novice-like, haha!
    I also cheat, instead of using water bath, I do it straight in a saucepan, heehee!

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  3. LOL.. you know I am actually considering re-shooting some of my fav posts from before that were posted in the days of horrible photography too :)))

    Lovely photos :) I have been meaning to try lemon curd for a looong while.. i think it's time!

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  4. Lemon curd is one of the things I want to get around to making one day. Yours look really nice!

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  5. i love lemon curd ALOT but never dreamt that it is so easy to make it at home, silly me. will definitely make it tomorrow when the kids are at school. thank you very much for sharing! :)

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  6. Oh, the title of "easy lemon curd" really got me. Everything that's easy and yummy is my first priority to try.

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  7. I've always wanted to try lemon curd, but just hasn't find the right time and opportunity to do it. Now you're telling me I should try. I definitely must try this, with your improved version some more!
    Btw, I've said it before, and I just want to say it again. I like your pictures and your write-up...all the time! Everytime I read it, it's like you're talking to me, so personalise leh. ;)

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  8. Very pretty post ;) Love the color of this lemon curd with that simple recipe. Love it!

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  9. Hey Ju - yes definitely this recipe is very bloggable - we don't mind you sharing again - especially since I might have missed it the first time. And don't worry - I'm like you as well - I wish I could delete my very first posts...

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  10. I accidentally did some shortcrust with lemon curd and whipped cream before reading your post yesterday. And it was a slightly different recipe - no whole eggs only egg yolk, half/half lemon juice and sugar, cornstarch. Next time I will try yours - I think its lemon taste is more subtle. :-)

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  11. It's Ok... we are all still learning. All your photos are getting better all the time... come on!

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  12. I love lemon curd:) Great photos.. so pretty Ju.. But I always loved all your photos:)

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  13. Your lemon curd is indeed easy & looks just amazing too, dear Ju!

    I hope all is well over there & I missed you on my blog!!

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  14. Pretty! Love the vintage tea cup. and have you seen my old pictures??HORROR.

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  15. Re-posting old posts? Sometimes they don't do the recipes any justice! I got about 50 posts to go!

    I have the exact same saucer and cup! Everytime I use them, I feel my tea a bit fancier. LOL

    Loving the new shots! Well done

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  16. What a beautiful, shiny and smooth lemon curd! I definitely need to make this!

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  17. gorgeous, yellow brings special zing!

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  18. Oh Ju this lemon curd looks simply gorgeous!
    I love your pics...just beautiful.
    I love lemon curd and I do not make it often enough...I will have to give this recipe a try.
    L~xo

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  19. looks like the quintessensial English afternoon tea !

    Your photos are stunning as always. Lemon curd is awesome stuff

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  20. i'm blown away with your beautiful pictures, always! Love the gloss for your lemon curd. Anxiously waiting for your cake, craving for a slice.

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  21. Wootz for posting on lemon curd too ~great minds think alike! :D

    Yours look really great! It was my first time making and tasting lemon curd, and I totally fell in love with it. It was for a gift, though, so I'm kinda regretting not leaving some for myself :P The soonest I get my hands on lemon, I'm trying out your version!

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  22. How gorgeous this post is Ju, and how delicious too! I love your china, and the little jar of lemon curd. Now I know what to do when I'm in search for fiddly 'feet'... the yolks would head for easy lemon curd!

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  23. I cringe a lot at my earlier posts too but that's part of growing and finding our foot in the blogging world. Loving your styling and photos and all these yummy creations! Very nicely done, Ju.

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  24. You have no idea what joy it brings to me when I see a recipe that claims to be "easy"! And to come across lemon curd, something I haven't personally attempted before but have had a long interest in, it's safe to say I'm beaming from ear to ear. Thanks for such a lovely post.

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  25. I love lemon curd =) Your little jar of it looks so pretty Ju! I'm sure the earlier one was fine too but I'm too lazy to go look for it haha. Dorie Greenspan's lemon filling for her lemon cream pie is made very much like this curd except the butter is dispersed throughout the mixture in a blender. Super good.

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  26. I am quite certain you've never posted a "nightmarish" photo before, Ju. They're all quite nice! This lemon curd looks lovely. One of my favorite spreads.

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  27. This is so cute Ju. Always wanted to try it but too intimated. May be its time. I totally want to delete my old posts not that I'm great with photographs now. But then I think its part of growing as a blogger and foodie!

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  28. I just made some lemon cupcakes two days ago. I loved your lemon curd recipe! I can smell the lemon zest now :)

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  29. On simmer now...off to stir it Ju! Thank you for this tangy post!

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  30. This looks really good. I've never attempted to make lemon curd before but the idea is getting me all smiley since I found super lemons at the market today. :)

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  31. Know what you mean about the horrid old photos - I cringe at mine too! At least you improved, right?

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  32. I love this post. My neighbor just gave me a bag of organic lemons so I am excited to get started. Also, I have this cup/saucer/dessert plate, and their sisters. My niece gave me a setting each Christmas so they have special meaning. Oh, and I did look up your old pic; not to laugh but because I am trying to muster my nerve to launch my blog, but my lack of photography skills are holding me back. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Hi Ju, thanks for sharing this recipe. The Lemon Curd was so yummy that my lil girl ate it off the spoon and pot!

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  34. I tried your recipe and loved it! Thanks!

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  35. Made this yesterday and it was sooo good! Thanks for sharing this!

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