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Classic English Lemon Curd.
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Classic English Lemon Curd

With only four ingredients, Classic English Lemon Curd is smooth and silky with a tangy and tart flavor that overwhelms your senses. It's perfect for topping biscuits (a.k.a. cookies), scones, yogurt, ice cream, cheesecake, cupcakes, and so much more! In addition, it's luscious on its own. What's even better is that it takes less than 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time9 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 100kcal


  • ½ cup (3.5 ounces, 100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
  • ½ cup (4 ounces, 113 grams) fresh lemon juice, 2 ½ to 3 lemons depending on size
  • 6 Tablespoons (3 ounces, 85 grams) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  • Whisk together sugar, lemon zest, and eggs in a non-reactive saucepan (stainless steel, enameled, glass). Add lemon juice; whisk to combine. Add butter pieces.
  • Place pan over medium heat. Whisk mixture constantly, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Continue whisking constantly for several more minutes, until bubbly.
  • Remove from heat. Pour lemon curd into a wire mesh strainer set over a bowl. Stir with a rubber spatula or spoon to force lemon curd through the strainer. Discard any bits left behind in the strainer.
  • Press piece of plastic wrap on top of lemon curd; refrigerate for at least one hour to cool completely.
  • Yield: 1-⅓ to 1-½ cups.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 4.4mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.2mg