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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 only takes 10 minutes to make!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Chula King


  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • ½ cup (3.5 ounces, 100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons 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 eggs, sugar, and lemon zest 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 wire mesh strainer set over a bowl. Stir with rubber spatula or spoon to force lemon curd through strainer. Discard any bits left behind in strainer.
  • Press piece of plastic wrap on top of lemon curd; refrigerate 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