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Zesty Lemon Curd

There are lemon trees in our backyard, so I'm always on the prowl for new ways to use the fruit. When we shared some of our homegrown citrus with neighbors—Canadians who were spending the winter here—the wife "repaid" us by giving us this recipe! The curd keeps well, and it can be used for any meal. My husband likes it on waffles and toast for breakfast, but it's also a great dessert topping on plain cake or ice cream. —Jean Gaines, Bullhead City, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 cups


  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup butter, cubed


  • In a large heavy saucepan, whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest until blended. Add butter; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon and thermometer reads at least 170°. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat immediately. Transfer to a small bowl; cool. Press plastic wrap onto surface of curd. Refrigerate until cold.
  • Spread on muffins or rolls, or serve over waffles or ice cream.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 144 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Wanda
    Feb 4, 2018

    I am a student at Laney culinary arts and we made one similar and your is great!!

  • Maxine
    Sep 10, 2017

    Love Lemon Curd on Gingerbread in the Fall

  • Elsie
    Jan 7, 2017

    How long will this keep in the refrigerator?

  • IslandWife
    Jan 29, 2016

    Very easy and yummy! We put it on bread pudding - yum! Thanks for sharing!!

  • gaylene2
    Jun 3, 2014

    When we went to England and discovered lemon curd, we didn't think we would be able to replicate it here, But this recipe tastes as good as anything we tasted there! And it's really easy to make. It is GREAT with shortbread cookies -- just like they do in the British Isles.

  • dublinlab
    Jan 8, 2014

    I poured over fresh angle food cake with fresh blackberries......amazing l'll make this again and again. Janet. FE. TOH

  • adaleio3
    Dec 12, 2011

    This recipe is AWESOME!! And VERY easy to make :)