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Homemade Lemon Curd {Lemon Sunshine}

An easy lemon curd recipe that only requires one saucepan! A versatile sweet and tart custard that can be used to fill cupcakes, cakes, spread on scones scones, drizzle over lemon bread pudding and so much more!

*Recipe updated 4-3-2015 with precise measurements and an even easier preparation!!*Easy Homemade Lemon CurdHello, from Bald Head Island, North Carolina! I thought a bright, sunny Homemade Lemon Curd would be the perfect recipe to celebrate this bright, sunny island and my mini vaca!

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

My family has been coming to BHI for almost two decades. Since I have long left the nest, I haven’t been here as frequently and I’d almost forgotten how peaceful and relaxing it is: no cars, no hustle and bustle, no schedule. It’s lovely.

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

The only thing keeping this mini getaway from being perfect is my husband’s absence. Sadness. {Even Caramel Butter Bars can’t fix that.}

Back to the lemon curd!

Lemon curd is one of the most unfortunately named desserts. There is nothing “curdy” about it. The British did it a great disservice by not applying an appropriate name. Wouldn’t Lemon Sunshine be so much more enticing? It has a bright tart flavor that is perfectly sweetened. Sunshine, indeed.

Easy Homemade Lemon Curd

I am not ashamed to say that the name has kept me from trying it until now. I judge books by their covers and titles first and then by their content; and I have, upon occasion, picked up a bottle of wine because the label was pretty. {Don’t tell my dad, he’ll die.} 

Easy Homemade Lemon Curd

I would have tried “Lemon Sunshine” decades ago.

I made this lemon curd for another fabulous recipe to be posted soon, and I was shocked by how easy it was to pull together. This recipe by Ina Garten uses the whole eggs, so there is no stressful “what to do with the whites” aftermath. Thanks, Ina!

Easy Homemade Lemon Curd

It almost tastes like the lemon part of a lemon bar, which we all know is cool, creamy, and refreshing. It is delicious slathered on toasts, muffins or scones, or you can mix it in yogurt for breakfast!

One more from the Island! This is Zorro…

Bald Head Island, North Carolina

He didn’t want to stay still and show me his feather. 🙂

Homemade Lemon Curd {Lemon Sunshine}

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Lemon Curd {Lemon Sunshine}

This easy Homemade Lemon Curd is bright and flavorful! Tart and sweet; smooth and creamy. Perfect on toast, scones, and muffins; and in cupcakes and pies!

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • Zest from 3 lemons
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Zest 3 lemons; removing only the dark yellow portion and none of the bitter, white pith. Always zest before juicing!
  2. In a saucepan with low sides whisk together the eggs and the sugar until a pale yellow, 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice, salt and zest; whisk to combine. Add the butter cubes.
  3. Place over medium, low heat and stir constantly with a flat bottomed, wooden spoon (a regular wooden spoon will work, but you'll have to work twice as hard!) until the custard thickens. You will see the custard start to thicken as you stir; it will not run to fill in the space created by your spoon as quickly. It is done when it coats the back of a wooden spoon and will hold a line that you draw through it with your finger. The curd will not run back together once you draw the line.
  4. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.

Notes:

If you don't mind the bits of zest in your final curd, you can skip the straining. I did not strain it in the pictures above. No one complained 🙂

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

https://cheflindseyfarr.com/2014/08/homemade-lemon-curd/

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39 Comments

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
    August 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I hope you’re having a great time in North Carolina, Lindsey! And this curd looks amazing! I love the color, ingredients, and how easy this is to whip up. Definitely going to have to try this out!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 30, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks, Gayle! I am definitely having a good time! Wine, cheese, exercise and relaxation!

      Reply
  • Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
    August 30, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I agree – this should totally be named Lemon Sunshine! I love how simple the recipe is. I hope you have a fabulous vacation!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 30, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      I see we agree on most things Kristine! Thanks!

      Reply
  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    August 31, 2014 at 12:31 am

    It should definitely be called Lemon Sunshine. Lovely. You so deserve a relaxing weekend! Great view. Who’s dog is that? Are you a dog fan btw? I know you heart cats. I heart dogs but hate cats. I hope it is cooler over there than it is here. The heat is torturous and I can’t wait for it to cool down.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 31, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I knew you were going to ask about the dog! 🙂 That is my parent’s dog. I like him. He’s sweet but needy! I think dogs are okay. I like certain people’s dogs as long as they aren’t big or slobbery. Definitely prefer cats. It isn’t too bad – mid to high 80’s but with a nice breeze. It should cool down soon! Tomorrow it is officially Fall!

      Reply
  • marcie
    August 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Curds in every flavor are some of my favorite things on the planet! They spruce up everything they touch, and lemon has to be the best because it’s so sunshiny. 🙂 I hope you’re having a wonderful time away, Lindsey! Pinning. 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks, Marcie!! There is something so happy about citrus curds! I am having a wonderful relaxing time! Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu
    August 31, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Oooh I am super excited about this recipe! I just love lemon curd but have always been too scared to make it at home. I just read your recipe though and it sounds great, I’m definitely going to try it!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      September 1, 2014 at 12:31 pm

      Don’t be scared! It was super easy…I felt the same way before I tried and then I felt like a dummy for not making it sooner!

      Reply
  • David @ Spiced
    September 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

    This recipe looks delicious…lemon curd can be used in so many awesome ways, too! I absolutely love Bald Head…I hope you are having an awesome time! It sure looks like Zorro is having a blast with his feather. Wouldn’t it be nice if finding a feather made our day like it does for dogs? Haha! Happy Labor Day!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Of course you have been to Bald Head…you and I seem to live parallel lives. I guess I should expect to move North in the next several years 😉

      If only a feather could make my day like it does Zorro’s! Today he found 3 feathers and managed to keep them all in his mouth until my mom made him drop them outside the door. Happy Labor day to you too!

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      • David @ Spiced
        September 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

        Just don’t make the same mistake I did and move North in the middle of the winter. 🙂

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  • Steph
    September 1, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Oh, the lemon curd looks delicious! I do agree the “curd” part of the name isn’t all that appetizing >__< I totally understand where you're coming from on "don't judge a book by its cover." I can't help it! Just shows how important aesthetic appeal is!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      So right you are!

      Reply
  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter
    September 1, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Have a great time in North Carolina, Lindsey! This looks amazing! I love lemon curd and the color of this is so pretty and cheery! So awesome that it’s easy to whip up too – pinning 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks, Kelly! It is super easy and will be nice to brighten some dark winter days when they actually get here! Right now NC is HOT!

      Reply
  • Arpita@ TheGastronomicBong
    September 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I love love lemon curd … but have never tried making my own… this looks incredible!! I cant believe it is so simple.. Can’t wait to give it a try!!

    Reply
  • Thalia @ butter and brioche
    September 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    I have never made lemon curd before.. I definitely will be making some and following your recipe. Hopefully I have some success, looks delicious!

    Reply
  • Sarah@WholeandHeavenlyOven
    September 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Homemade lemon curd is the BEST! I made it once and it was so good I just about died—I haven’t made it since though, and I’m definitely missing it! Can’t wait to try your awesome version, Lindsey!
    P.S Those labels are just the cutest!

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      September 2, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Haha! I realized that my handwriting isn’t the greatest on a teenie tiny chalkboard! But thank you!

      Reply
  • Ambar
    September 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Your not alone. I judge books by their cover picture and titles. If its pretty, i like it. If it has a lot of color, i like it. lol. Love this lemon curd;)

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 2, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Thanks, Ambar! There is nothing wrong with wanting things to be pretty!

      Reply
  • Vanya cooper
    September 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Yum! Normally I love love love lemon but never been all that hot on curd. Now I know why. You’re spot on, it’s all in the name, isn’t it. I think I might just give it a go now, looks fab. Are you planning on any jams ( you call them ‘jellos’ ?) Apple jellos at all? Our garden is full of apples this year so I think I’ll have to venture into the jam territory , scary that it might be. Love the labels too btw.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks, Vanya! The name is such a problem! It really just tastes like the filling of a lemon bar – if someone had told me that 10 years ago, I would have tried it! I love jams – and I really love apple butter! I’ll put that on my list because yum! I wish I had apples in my garden…or any garden at all!

      Reply
  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    September 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    LOL! I always got turned off to it because of the word “curd”. Lemon Sunshine is a much more appropriate name! Hope you had a great time at Bald Head Island!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 4, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      We did! I think I should start a re-branding movement!

      Reply
  • Shikha @ Shikha la mode
    September 4, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Looks so good. I’m loving the little chalk labels on the jars – where did you get them from?!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thanks Shikha! I found them at TJ Maxx.

      Reply
  • Manali @ CookWithManali
    September 4, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    looks great! I have made lemon curd before and included it in a parfait..it was delish!… 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      Oh that’s a great idea!

      Reply
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  • Debbie
    September 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, definitely cheaper than having my friends in England ship some over. I’m having a tea next month and need the lemon curd for the scones.

    Reply
    • AmericanCooking22
      September 12, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      This will be perfect then! And I think you’ll be surprised by how easy it is! Enjoy

      Reply
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  • Heather
    July 3, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    This curd is amazing! How long will it keep in the fridge and can it be frozen?

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    • AmericanCooking22
      July 4, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Heather! I’m so glad you like it! I wouldn’t freeze it but it will stay fresh up to 7 days in the refrigerator. I have eaten it a few weeks past that suggestion but I can’t recommend that obviously. Enjoy!!

      Reply

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