We’ve been having some rather gloomy, cloudy, foggy days here in Portland. There has been a lack of sunshine and I was physically and mentally craving some sun. Since I have yet to figure out a way to change the weather, I decided to make some sunshine in my kitchen. Lemon curd. The very sight of a lemons makes me happy and the smell and taste are even better!
Homemade Lemon Curd
You can easily purchase a jar of lemon curd at the grocery store, but let me tell you, there is nothing that compares to homemade lemon curd. It is easy to make too and is literally sunshine on a spoon as far as I am concerned.
There are so many possibilities for homemade lemon curd. I love it spread on toast or pancakes. And a dollop on a bowl of vanilla ice cream is quite lovely. Everything tastes better with a spoonful of lemon curd.
How To Make Lemon Curd
The first thing you need is some lemons. Fresh lemons. Do not use that lemon juice that comes in the green container at the grocery store. If you are going to do that, just buy a jar of lemon curd at the store.
When working with lemons, there are a few tools that I find really helpful. I love my lemon juicer. It makes juicing lemons so easy and fast.
You will use the zest of the lemon too, so you will need a microplaner.
With these two tools you are ready to go.
Lemon curd is a combination of lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, sugar and eggs. You start by placing the eggs, sugar and lemon juice in a double boiler over simmering water and stirring until it begins to thicken. If you don’t have a double boiler just use a regular sauce pan but be sure and stir in continually so it doesn’t burn. It will take about 7-10 minutes. You then add in the butter and stir until it is melted.
The last step is to add in the lemon zest. (So my butter wasn’t quite melted all the way)
Cover it and let it chill in the refrigerator and it will thicken as it chills.
Then all you really need is a spoon!
Or stay tuned for some really yummy ways to use this lovely lemon curd or sunshine on a spoon!
Lemon Curd Recipe
- 3 eggs
- 1 C granulated sugar
- 2/3 C lemon juice
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 Tbsp lemon zest
- Mix together eggs, sugar and lemon juice and place in a double boiler over simmering water until mixed well. Stir until it thickens. About 7-10 minutes.
- Fold in butter and lemon zest.
- Cover and refrigerator until it thickens.