Apr 12, 2010

Lemon Lovers Unite! Try this easy luscious lemon curd recipe!

Are you a lover of lemon desserts?  And did you just score three dozen farm fresh eggs that you need to use?  Well, I am and I did.  Here is one of the delightul food items I made with some of those eggs.  It’s really easy and amazingly delish!

You will need:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3 large egg yolks
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 T grated lemon zest

In a large bowl, blend the butter and sugar together.  I usually start with a fork, then switch to a hand blender.  Gradually add the eggs and yolks while beating, then beat in the lemon juice.  The mixture will look curdled at this point.  No worries, it’ll all smooth out during cooking. 

Transfer the mixture to a saucepan and cook on low heat until the butter melts, stirring constantly.  You’ll see the mixture become smooth and darker yellow as the butter melts. 

Once all the butter has melted, increase the heat to medium and cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly.  It should take about 10 more minutes.  Be careful not to overheat the mixture or let it boil. 

My experience with the thickening step goes like this:  I’m standing over the stove stirring and stirring and nothing seems to be happening, and I’m thinking did I screw it up?  Should I turn up the heat?  Then all of a sudden, it thickens.  In like, a few seconds. 

Once thickened, remove the curd from the heat and stir in some lemon zest.

Carefully pour the warm curd into jars and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.  The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools. 

Put lids on jars.  Give one jar to a friend. 

This luscious lemon curd will keep in the fridge for at least a few days.  If you’re not ready to part with it, you can freeze the second jar for up to a couple months. 

How might you enjoy this wonderful treat?  Put it on your waffles, pancakes, scones, toast, on shortbread cookies, in a layer cake, on top of cheesecake, in yogurt, on ice cream…or just plop yourself down in front of the teevee and spoon it right out of the jar and into your happy mouth. 

To see the full instructional photo album, go to:  frankie makes lemon curd on facebook

Later this week, I hope to show you how to make a couple things I think this lemon curd would be great with:  angel food cake and (true) Belgian waffles.  

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