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Lemon curd

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Lemon curd

Give a special touch to your desserts with this easy lemon curd recipe, made with lemon juice and zest, and Cointreau liqueur.

23 August, 2023
Average: 2.1 (17 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 0 MIN


100g/3.5 oz
350g/12.3 oz
Lemon zest
2 tsp/0.3 oz, organic
Lemon juice
7 lemons, sieved
4, very fresh
40ml/1.3 oz


Step 01

Melt the butter in a bain marie along with the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.

Step 02

Beat the eggs and add them gradually to the mixture until it takes on a creamy consistency.

Step 03

Stir in the Cointreau.

Step 04

Pour the mixture into sterilised jars, close tightly and store in a cool, dark place.

How to use lemon curd

Simply put, lemon curd is incredibly versatile. It can be used in a host of different ways to add tang to treats such as vanilla ice cream and yoghurt. It is also delicious spread on scones or hot buttered toast. Hide a spoonful of lemon curd in the middle of a cupcake, spread it under whipped cream between the layers of a sponge or stir a dollop into porridge. The only limit is your imagination.

How to store lemon curd

Once opened, lemon curd will keep in the fridge for up to a week in an airtight jar or up to three months in the freezer. If you do freeze it, make sure you defrost it overnight before using it.

For the perfect creative lemon curd recipe, how about this lip-smacking lemon curd cheesecake?

This recipe was updated on 23/08/2023.

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