The saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” but that is so predicable. When I get lemons, lemon curd is the first thing that comes to mind. This recipe for lemon curd is so simple that you could do it in your sleep (but don’t actually do that. I can’t be held responsible for what happens to your kitchen)
What you will need:
200 grams granulated sugar
100 grams unsalted butter
3 whole eggs, and 1 egg yolk
In a heat safe bowl (glass is best) grate the zest off of one lemon. In the same bowl, add the juice from the 4 lemons, sugar, and butter to the bowl. Grab a pot with water in it, place on your stove top, and bring water to a gentle simmer. Put your glass bowl on top of the pot with water in it, and stir your mix until your butter is fully melted. *Disclaimer* Make sure the simmering water in the pot does not touch the bottom of the bowl with ingredients in it
Once your butter is fully melted, whisk up your eggs and egg yolk, and add them to your lemon mixture. Begin stirring mix over the pot of simmering water, for 10-15 minutes until thick, or until curd coats the back of a spoon without immediately running off the spoon. If you get white chunks in your curd, don’t worry. That is just the egg white, and it’s normal. We will strain that out anyways so a little bit doesn’t hurt. If you get a lot however, check your water level in the pot of boiling water, it is probably too high.
Grab a fine strainer, and into a separate bowl, run your lemon curd through it to get a smooth curd. Once run through, place in the fridge to chill! It’s best when served cold.
And you’re done! This lemon curd is one of my favorite recipes, because it is super simple, and it goes well with most deserts! You could mix it with cream for a filling for cream puffs, or just as a filling inside a cake. Hopefully you give it a try, and enjoy it as much as I do!