A hot cup of tea along with warm scones slathered in sweetly tart lemon curd is my idea of a perfect afternoon treat. When I saw the recipe for this month's Vintage Recipe Swap, I realized the recipe contained almost all the ingredients for lemon curd. I couldn't resist the chance to make a batch for myself.
Lemon curd is delicious on scones and shortbreads. It is also wonderful as a filling for pies, cakes and bars. I made a batch of coconut shortbread to dip into this and it was delicious. I also drizzled some warm lemon curd over fresh raspberries and absolutely loved the sweet tartness in each bite!
Sweet and Simple Homemade Lemon Curd
recipe adapted from The Slow Roasted Italian
Yield: 3 cups
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice, approximately 4 lemons
2 tablespoons lemon zest, approximately 2 lemon
pinch of salt
Whisk the eggs together and set aside. Zest the lemons and then chop the zest as finely as possible. Place all ingredients except the eggs in a glass bowl over a medium size saucepan of simmering water. Medium heat works well for this. When the butter has melted, approximately 10 minutes, and before the mixture is very warm, gradually pour the eggs into the bowl whisking constantly.
Cook, stirring or whisking constantly, until the mixture is thickened to the consistency of pudding. This should take about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and set the bowl aside to cool. You can strain the curd while it is still warm to remove any lingering bits of zest, if you desire. Once cool, pour into jars and refrigerate. Enjoy!
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