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This Meyer Lemon Curd is tart, creamy, and sweet. It makes a great spread for toast or biscuits or a great filling for cakes, cookies, and more. It takes less than 30 minutes and keeps for several weeks. And it makes the best lemon desserts!
Fruit curd is a creamy indulgent fruit spread that makes a topping, spread or filling. Curd is most commonly used to fill tarts. I’m getting hungry.
Meyer lemons are a winter fruit that is a cross between mandarin oranges and lemons. It’s unique, mild, and very good.
The lemons are thin-skinned and more round than a traditional lemon. They aren’t as tart as regular lemons, but sweeter. They are great in salads and desserts as a fruit. And the zest is far more flavorful than traditional lemon zest. I just love them. But they are only available in the winter. So I like to scoop them up and zest them all and freeze the zest or dehydrate it, squeeze out the juice and freeze it in ice cube trays. Every now and then in the off-season, I’ll pull some out and make a treat.
Tips for making lemon curd:
- Cook in stainless steel and not aluminum so you won’t get a reaction from the pan with all the acid.
- Use a thermometer to make sure you cook it long enough.
- Make sure you are using unsalted butter.
- Lemon curd freezes for up to a year.
- Curdled curd will not strain out.
Lemon curd using Meyer lemons
- - 1 cup sugar
- - Zest of 2 Meyer lemons
- - 5 egg yolks
- - Half cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- - Half cup unsalted butter
1. Separate the yolks from the whites.
2. Zest the Meyer lemons. Pulse the lemon zest and sugar together in the food processor.
3. Place egg yolks into a pot and whisk in the sugar. Add Meyer lemon juice slowly while whisking.
4. Heat on low, while stirring constantly with a wire whisk until the bubbling point.
5. Remove pot from heat, then add the butter and mix until melted.
This recipe can be made with regular lemons for a more tart curd.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 13mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g
Recipes to use lemon curd
There are so many ways you can use lemon curd. You can spread it on toast, biscuits, pancakes, and things like that. Or you can fill cookies, cupcakes, cakes, etc with it. You can also fill shells and make tarts, mini tarts, and so on. Or you can even fill cookies with it. This Lemon Layer Cake is my favorite way! I also love these lemon bar cupcakes that are bomb!
Meyer lemon curd is very versatile. You can even use it as an ingredient in your baking mixing it into batters to enhance flavors and textures. You are going to fall as in love with lemon curd as we are! And don’t forget about an amazing lemon tart like this one.
Lemon curd cookies
Lemon curd cookies are generally thumbprint cookies that have lemon curd in the center. Check out these amazing lemon thumbprint cookies!
You can also use lemon curd to fill french macarons or traditional sandwich cookies. Check out these macarons with lemon curd filling.
And these delicate little gorgeous lemon curd filled sandwich cookies. Even the queen would be impressed with these tasty treats!
Muffins with lemon curd
If these lemon curd filled streusal topped muffins aren’t the best muffins you’ve ever had, I’ll eat my shoe! I mean, I could not love anything any more than these. And the Meyer lemon curd makes them so special.
Lemon curd cake
This lemon curd cake is the perfect vessel for this Meyer lemon curd. It’s simple, but so complex at the same time. You’ll never be the same after you try it.
Or this loaf cake with lemon curd in the batter is another spectacular treat! The drizzle on top takes the cake, get it, get it?
And this lemon layer cake with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream frosting is the ultimate flavor bomb. I can’t get enough of it.
I love filling cupcakes with lemon curd too. I made them for a friend’s wedding one time and they were the talk of the reception! Check out the recipe here.
For more lemon delights, check these out:
- Vegan lemon cookies
- Healthy lemon muffins
- Light lemon raspberry loaf
- Blueberry lemon blondies
- Healthy lemon breakfast ideas
- Lemon Meringue Pie In a Jar
- Healthier lemon cupcakes with honey syrup
- Crock Pot Lemon Cobbler
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