How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

August 31, 2015
Bright, tart, and tasty ... the possibilities with Lemon Curd are seemingly endless.  And fortunately for lemon lovers, making homemade Lemon Curd is not hard at all!

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Lemon Curd.  If you're like me you probably have a few questions about Lemon Curd.  Like ...

Why is it called curd?  {Curd certainly isn't a very attractive sounding word.}

Is Lemon Curd hard to make?

And ...
What the heck do you use it for??

While I am certainly not qualified to explain why it's called curd, I certainly can  show how to make it and share what the heck to use Lemon Curd for.  And, no ... it's indeed not  hard to make.  Simply cook Lemon Curd slowly and gently to create the perfect smooth and creamy texture.  And then from cake filling to cheesecake topping, lemon tarts to ice cream mix-in, and even lemony cocktails ... the ways to enjoy Lemon Curd are endless. 

How to Make Lemon Curd

Fresh lemon juice is a must for the brightest-and-best Lemon Curd.  Start by squeezing fresh lemons to yield the needed juice.  To get the most out of each lemon, pop it whole in the microwave for about 10 to 15 seconds and then roll it on the counter top a few times with the palm of your hand before squeezing.

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Off the heat, whisk together sugar, some cornstarch, and a touch of salt.

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Then whisk in the lemon juice, followed by egg yolks ... one at a time ... whisking each one in thoroughly before adding the next.

Cook the mixture over medium heat ... whisking constantly to make sure the eggs cook slowly, gently, and free of lumps.  the mixture will turn pale yellow and thicken.

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Remove from the heat and finish the Lemon Curd with butter and fresh lemon zest.

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Chill at least four hours or overnight ... the Lemon Curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

That's it!  See, making Lemon Curd isn't hard at all, is it?

And as I said at the start of the post, the possibilities with Lemon Curd are pretty much endless.  Scroll down a bit below the Lemon Curd recipe to enjoy 15 possibilities to get you started.

My only remaining Lemon Curd question? ... Which possibility to make next!

How to Make Lemon Curd {& What the Heck to Use It For}

Lemon Curd
Source:  Adapted from Cooking Light magazine

  • 1 c. + 2 T. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. fresh lemon juice (approximately 5 lemons)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon rind
  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan; stir with a whisk. Stir in lemon juice and eggs. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  2. Reduce heat; simmer 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add butter and lemon rind; stir gently until butter melts. Spoon mixture into a bowl; cool.
  3. Cover and chill at least 6 hours or overnight. Lemon curd will thicken as it cools.

What to Do With Lemon Curd

Let's take a look at some of the wonderful things you can do with Lemon Curd.  Other than ... for the die-hard lemon lover ... eat it straight from a spoon, that is!  Lemon Curd does amazing things as a filling, topping, mix-in, or even as a base for a beautifully tasty cocktail.

1. Fillings - Fill tarts, edible bowls, cookies, cakes, and cupcakes with Lemon Curd for a zippy punch of lemon goodness.

Lemon Curd Tartlets | from The Kitchen is My Playground

Easter Cups with Lemon Curd & Cream | from Noshing with the Nolands

Coconut Lemon Curd Poke Cake | from Diary of a Recipe Collector

Lemon Meringue Whoopie Pies | from Lemons for Lulu

Meyer Lemon Macarons | from 52 Kitchen Adventures

2. Toppings - For a little touch of lemon zing, top waffles, muffins, scones, cheesecake, a slice of pound cake, gingerbread, or even ice cream with a dollop or drizzle of Lemon Curd.

Gingerbread Waffles | from The Kitchen is My Playground

Lovely Lemon Cheesecake | from Lovefoodies

Classic English Scones | from Lovefoodies

3. Stir-In for Lemon Dessert Creations - Stir Lemon Curd into no-bake and baked creations to make and endless array of luscious lemon desserts.  Here are a few delicious ideas to get you started!

Limoncello Lemon Ice Cream | from The Kitchen is My Playground

Easy 3-Ingredient Lemon Mousse Recipe | from The Kitchen is My Playground

Lemon Crumble Bars | from House of Yumm

Lemon Cloud Tart with Salted Caramel Sauce | from Life Currents

Lemony Strawberry Shortcake | from Hot Eats and Cool Reads

4. Cocktails - Whip up a beautifully delicious cocktail with Lemon Curd as the base.

Lemon Meringue Pie Cocktail | from The Flavor Bender


  1. I LOVE lemon curd! Thank you so much for including my Lemon Meringue Pie cocktail too :) There's so many great desserts to choose from here.

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