Homemade Raspberry Curd! I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make this versatile recipe. For something with such a frankly unappealing name, fruit curds are some of my favorite go-to ingredients for a wide variety of desserts.
- Frozen or fresh raspberries
- Lemon juice
- Gelatin powder
- Granulated sugar
- Table salt
- Unsalted butter
How to make Raspberry Curd:
- Puree the raspberries in a food processor.
- Strain the raspberry puree in a sieve to remove all the seeds.
- Set aside 1/2 cup for the curd and reserve the rest for another use.
- Combine the eggs and sugar before adding the raspberry puree.
- Cook until the curd thickens.
- Add the butter and optional gelatin last.
Pastry Chef Tips for making Raspberry Curd:
- You can use either fresh or frozen raspberries to make Raspberry Curd.
- Always combine the sugar with the eggs before adding the raspberry puree. If you add the puree to eggs without the sugar, the acidity in the fruit will “cook” the eggs.
- The gelatin is optional. Instructions for blooming gelatin can be found here. If you’re using the curd for a spread or sauce you don’t need the gelatin. Use the gelatin when it is for a cake or tart that will be sliced.
- It’s not necessary to cook the curd in 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.
- The curd will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator and can be frozen for several months.
How to use raspberry curd
Add just a hint of rosewater and use it to fill for gorgeous and delicious Raspberry Rose Tarts.
Use raspberry curd as a topping for scones
Raspberry curd makes a great topping for Vanilla Ice Cream.
Check out these recipes for more inspiration: Lime Layered Cheesecake, Lemon Filled Shortbread, Pink Grapefruit Meringue Tart or Pina Colada Pie.
What to do with extra raspberry puree?
- You can stir it into yogurt for breakfast or drizzle it over Frozen Yogurt, ice cream or Vanilla Mousse.
- Use the puree to make Raspberry Bellini’s or to serve as a sauce with Angel Food Cake, Chiffon Cake, or with fresh berries and Pavolova.
- To make raspberry buttercream whip the puree into Italian Meringue Buttercream.
Of course everyone has heard of lemon curd. But curd can be made with mango, passion fruit, and others. If you’ve got extra egg yolks, try this Yolks Only Lemon Curd.
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Raspberry Curd Recipe
- 12 ounce frozen raspberries (defrosted (see note))
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons gelatin powder (optional, see note)
- 10 ounces granulated sugar (1 ¼ cups)
- 3 large eggs
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 3 ounces unsalted butter (cut into ½" chunks)
- Puree the berries in a food processor or blender. Run the puree through a sieve or the fruit strainer attachment of your mixer to remove the seeds. You should end up with about 1 ¼ cups of seedless puree. Measure out ½ cup of the puree for the curd and reserve the rest for another use. Stir the lemon juice into the ½ cup of puree.12 ounce frozen raspberries, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- If you’re using the gelatin, bloom in 2 tablespoons cold water in a medium size bowl. Set aside.1 ½ teaspoons gelatin powder
- Thoroughly whisk together the sugar and eggs in a medium saucepan. Add the 1/2 cup raspberry puree and salt to the pan.10 ounces granulated sugar, 3 large eggs, ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Place the butter on top of the bloomed gelatin or in a clean bowl if you’re not using the gelatin. Put a fine mesh sieve over the bowl and keep it near the stove.3 ounces unsalted butter
- Heat the egg/raspberry 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 and the foam will disappear.
- Cook until the curd is just beginning to boil. Don't allow it to come to a full boil, just 1 or 2 bubbles and you're ready.
- Immediately remove from the heat and pour through the sieve over the butter and (optional) gelatin.
- Stir until the butter and gelatin are melted and thoroughly incorporated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and cool a bit before putting in the refrigerator.
- Use as needed in your favorite recipes or as a spread.
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