Luxury Lemon Curd

I saw some lemons on super special offer i.e. 3 for 39p (around 60c US) so I grabbed a couple of nets to make lemon curd with pao at the weekend.

We adapted this recipe from BBC food a little.


4 lemons
100g butter
100g sugar
1 tablespoon of limoncello
3 eggs plus one egg yolk

Put out step stool for your assistant to sit on.

Zest the four lemons

until you have a sunny bowlful of zest.

Cut lemons in half and arrange in a bowl. Microwave on high for 1 minute. (This is a tip from the marvel that is Mary Berry to encourage the lemons to give a bit more juice.)

Cut up butter into cubes. Juice all four lemons and add to butter and sugar to juice and zest.

Over a bain marie (essentially a bowl set over simmering water), melt the butter, sugar, juice and zest together.

pao remembered that we had a bottle of limoncello in the fridge and we added a large tablespoon to enhance the lemon flavour.

We added it at this stage rather than the end because we thought it might curdle. If you want a more classic lemon curd, you can leave the limoncello out.

The alcohol will have burnt off by the time you need to add eggs after the butter, juice, zest and sugar have all melted together. Beat the eggs and egg yolk together and stir into the lemon mixture which remains over the bain marie.

Cook gently for around 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. I know this is a vague timing but I realised that the design of my bain marie meant a lot of the steam was coming out of the pouring gaps on the side of my saucepan so I had to turn the heat up to compensate.

Once the lemon curd is thick enough, set aside to cool. The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools and

pour into a jar when it has cooled down a bit.

Eat on pancakes or hot toast or use as a filling for a Victoria sponge cake.

5 thoughts on “Luxury Lemon Curd

  1. Yum, yum! Last spring I had a lot of yogurt parfaits with lemon curd & fresh strawberries. Such a yummy, but healthy treat! We may have to try the limoncello addition on our next batch. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Ooh, I never thought of eating lemon curd on pancakes. That sounds lovely! I have some that a knitter friend made for me, so I’ll try it next time I cook pancakes!

  3. Oh yum that looks so delicious. I love lemony things and had never thought of adding limoncello. That is so nice too. Glad you have a good assistant. I always do that to my lemons to make them juicer too!!

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