Sweet and Simple Homemade Lemon Curd


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Sweet and Simple Homemade Lemon Curd recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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.

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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 by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Sweet and Simple Homemade Lemon Curd

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to The Slow Roasted Italian
Servings: 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
  • 5 eggs


  • 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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Sweet and Simple Homemade Lemon Curd recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen


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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. The Dusty Baker says

    BRILLIANT! So glad you did this recipe, as I've never made a lemon curd before and would love to have a go, especially since the one's I've bought have been under-impressive. Thanks! Happy Swapping!