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Yolks Only Lemon Curd

Yolks Only Lemon Curd! I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make this versatile recipe. When it’s time to use up those extra egg yolks, this is what you’ll want to make!

a jar of lemon curd

Lemon curd is one of my favorite go-to ingredients for a wide variety of desserts.

Lemon and other fruit curds are great as a tart or pie filling. They can be used as a filling for shortbread or to sandwich French Macarons. Lemon curd is traditional on a scone with clotted cream and is insanely decadent warmed up and poured over ice-cream.

Tips for making and storing Yolks Only Lemon Curd:

  • You can use this recipe to make Meyer Lemon Curd. Meyer lemons usually have more juice so make sure to measure the juice.
  • Always combine the sugar with the yolks before adding the lemon juice. If you add the juice to yolks without the sugar, the acidic juice will “cook” the yolks.
  • The zest has lemon oil which adds a full lemon flavor. After cooking the zest can be strained out since it has already added the flavor.
  • It’s not necessary to cook the curd on a double boiler. You can cook the curd directly on the stove as long as you keep the heat on medium-low and stir constantly to avoid burning.
  • When the curd is ready it should coat the spatula or spoon.
  • The curd will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator and can be frozen for several months.
  • The recipe can be adapted for other citrus fruits. See the notes section of the recipe card.

Try these other fruit Curd recipes:

Still got extra yolks? Check out this collection of recipes that use extra yolks for some more great ideas.

a bowl of ice cream with lemon curd topping

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a jar of lemon curd

Yolks Only Lemon Curd

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Lemon curd is an incredibly easy to make recipe that is unbelievably versatile in the kitchen. Make this when you've got extra egg yolks to use up.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (12 oz, 336g) granulated sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks (3.25 oz, 91g)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 120ml) lemon juice from about 3-4 lemons
  • Finely grated zest from all the lemons
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoons (2 oz, 56g) unsalted butter, cut into 1" chunks

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly whisk together the sugar and egg yolks in a medium saucepan. Add the lemon juice, zest and salt.
  2. Place the butter in a heat proof bowl. Put a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and keep it near the stove.
  3. Heat the yolk/juice mixture over medium low heat, stirring constantly. You must be sure to keep stirring across the entire bottom and corners of the pot so the custard does not have a chance to stick. The mixture will start out opaque with a fine white foam over the surface. As it heats up the curd will thicken, become more translucent and the foam will disappear.
  4. Cook until the curd will coat the back of a wooden spoon and just begins to boil. Don't allow it to come to a rolling boil. One or two bubbles is all you need to see.
  5. Immediately remove from the heat and pour through the sieve over the butter.
  6. Stir until the butter is melted and thoroughly incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and cool a bit before putting in the refrigerator.
  7. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

Notes

Meyer Lemon, Lime, Orange, Blood Orange, Pink Grapefruit,

  1. 1/2 cup of juice (about 2-3 meyer lemons, 3-4 limes, 2-3 oranges, 1 grapefruit)
  2. 1 1/4 cup (10 oz) granulated sugar
  3. Zest from the fruits

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Mandy Gill

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

How long will this keep in sterile jars?

Eileen Gray

Thursday 22nd of October 2020

It needs to be refrigerated because of the eggs and butter. It will keep refrigerated for several weeks.

Carole A

Wednesday 7th of October 2020

I love this easy to follow recipe. I did make some changes to suit my taste. I used brown sugar instead of white, mixed lemon and limes, and added ground ginger. It has truned out fabulous.

Nicole

Friday 5th of June 2020

After filling mini tarts, do they need to be refrigerated? Or could I leave them out in the sealed Tupperware container?

Eileen Gray

Friday 5th of June 2020

Lemon curd should be refrigerated. It can be left out for a couple of hours while serving, etc. But I would definitely store the tarts in the fridge.

Nick

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

This was so easy and quite delicious. I can't wait to share the lemon curd with friends.

Soraya

Friday 8th of May 2020

Hi! The lemon curd is cooling at the moment. The taste is great, it is still a bit thinner than I expected. Not a problem for what I plan to use it for but any tips for next time? Thank you!

Eileen Gray

Friday 8th of May 2020

It will thicken quite a bit as it cools. It starts off like a sauce and ends up spoon-able. As long as you did cook it until it just begins to boil (a bubble or two) it should thicken up as it cools.