During my quest for the perfect cupcake, I ran into a Lemon Cupcake recipe that called for lemon curd. I love lemon curd and immediately wanted to try it out. I only had one problem, the lemon curd that I love (Trader Joes) was not in my immediate possession. I had to wait….and wait… and wait… UNTIL this last Saturday.
My local co-op produce group, Bountiful Baskets, gave me six or seven lemons in my basket. I had no need for that many lemons! Then I got to a thinkin’. What if I MADE myself some lemon curd. And I did. Today. And it was good!
The site I found the recipe on is Fine Cooking. They weren’t kidding when they said it worked.
6 tbs unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1. Beat the butter (if your butter was in the fridge pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds and it will be at room temp. Not hard and not too soft) and sugar with an electric mixer for 2 min.
2. Slowly add the eggs and yolks. Beat for 1 minute.
3. Mix in the lemon juice.The mixture will look curdled but it will smooth out as it cooks. It really does!
(this is right after the transfer from the bowl to the pot)
4. In a medium, heavy based saucepan (I have an old capahlon) cook the mixture over a low heat until it looks smooth. The butter WILL melt and it will look smooth.
5. After it is smooth INCREASE the heat to a solid medium and cook. STIRRING CONSTANTLY until it thickens. 15 minutes. I used a timer and it was 15 minutes exactly.
DO NOT LET IT BOIL
You should be able to leave a path with your finger on the back of your wooden spoon
6. Remove the curd from the heat and stir in the lemon zest. Then transfer it to a bowl and press down plastic wrap on the surface to keep a skin from forming and place it in the refrigerator to completely cool.
Now the recipe says it will keep in the fridge for about a week and the freezer for 2 months.
This stuff is amazingly good!!
I felt like such a pro today! I made my own lemon curd, it is edible and it looks cute in Mason jar. All good signs.