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Lemon Curd

Updated April 27, 2016
This image courtesy of Mark T. Shapiro

This flavorful, tangy lemon curd is adapted from a recipe in Gourmet magazine. It’s a snap to prepare. I dub this topping “nectar of the gods,” and it’s best applied to lemon or vanilla cupcakes.

Make sure that the egg yolks are at room temperature to help prevent the lemon curd from curdling. The lemon curd can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 week. If your lemon curd does curdle slightly, strain the warm curd into a bowl and let cool. Proceed with recipe.

Use the chilled lemon curd as a cupcake filling.

About1 1/3 cups (325 mL), enough to fill 16 or more cupcakes

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Dietary Considerationpeanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturebuttery, creamy, sweet, tangy, tart

Type of Dishdessert sauce

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (125 ml) superfine sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) cornstarch
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ cup (125 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 tbsp (90 ml) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces

Instructions

  1. In a heavy saucepan, whisk together sugar and cornstarch. Whisk in lemon zest and juice and egg yolks until well combined. Whisk in butter and cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, for 6 minutes or until lemon mixture is thick enough to hold marks of whisk.

  2. Transfer lemon curd to a bowl, placing plastic wrap directly on surface. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until cold.

  3. Variation: Substitute lime zest and lime juice for the lemon zest and lemon juice.

  4. Variation: Substitute lime zest and lime juice for the lemon zest and lemon juice.

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