Lemon curd recipe
Fruit flavoured fillings and toppings have always been an all time favourite in desserts. Fresh fruit jams, compotes and curds are delicious toppings for any kind of dessert or even a simple piece of toast. These treats are usually purchased premade from the departmental store or the local baker as they are a bit tricky to make and can be daunting for rookies in the kitchen. The downside of buying them premade is that they contain preservatives to increase the shelf life, and that alters the flavour of the finished product.
If you wish to try your hand at making a delicious spread, fret not. Here’s a quick and foolproof recipe for lemon curd that you can try at home and add zing to your favourite baked goodies. Lemon curd is quite easy to prepare if done right. The only problem that people face is a grainy curd at the end, and this can be easily avoided by carefully following the recipe given below.
For this recipe you will need:
• 7 egg yolks
• 1 whole egg
• 1 ½ cups of sugar
• ¾ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
• ¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
• Rind of one lemon
To begin with, cream the curd in a large bowl until smooth. Add sugar to the butter and beat the mixture until fluffy. One by one add the egg yolks into the mixture and constantly beat them. When the eggs are completely incorporated into the mixture, it’s time to add the lemon juice.
Transfer the mixed ingredients into a heavy bottom pan and put it on low heat. Slowly add the butter and keep stirring the mix to prevent it from getting burnt. Make sure that the curd doesn’t boil. Keep stirring on low heat till the curd thickens and coats the back of a spoon. Take it off the heat and set it to cool to room temperature. When the curd cools down incorporate the lemon rind into the mix. Transfer it to a container and refrigerate it for about two hours. Refrigeration will further thicken the curd.
The end result is a thick, creamy and smooth lemon curd which tastes fantastic. Spread it on toast, top a cheesecake with it, make lemon tarts or a lemon parfait, the uses are endless. Enjoy the tangy flavour of lemon in all your desserts!