Simply Perfect Lemon Curd*

lemon, dessert, sugar, sauce, pie, tart, zest, meyer, citrus, fruit

Situation 1:

You go to the store for milk and see that Oreo’s are B1G1 Free. So you buy 4 packages of Oreo’s…because you know, they are B1G1 and helllooo they go perfect with that gallon of milk your wife asked you to pick up.

-If you are this type of person, you are a Jorge.


Situation 2:

You slam on your breaks and make an illegal u-turn because you saw an adorable old man (in red suspenders) selling fruit out of the back of his pickup truck. Once you pull in, you let the old guy suck you in and you buy 5 times the amount of lemons you would have.

-If you are this type of person, you are a Jessica.

lemon, dessert, sugar, sauce, pie, tart, zest, meyer, citrus, fruit

So while the Jorges of the world sit on the couch covered in Oreo crumbs, the Jessicas make lemon curd. Because OMGawd, what else can you do with 39 million lemons?!

I think Curd doesn’t do Lemon Curd justice. Curd makes it sound gross…like the thing that happens to old milk. Or those little curds in cottage cheese. Or just the word curdle, which is gross enough all on it’s own. I think we should start calling it Lemon Cream, or more honestly Lemon Crack. I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And snack and dessert. It’s that good.

lemon, dessert, sugar, sauce, pie, tart, zest, meyer, citrus, fruit

P.S. Wanna know what’s in my purse? You know, besides cookies and lint? I blabbed all about it here (with pictures) on That’s What We Said. It’s like that section in the magazines where we get to see inside famous people’s purses. Except better.


Simply Perfect Lemon Curd

Yield: about 2 cups lemon curd


  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 heaping tablespoons lemon zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, roughly chopped


Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and eggs in a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium low heat, stirring as needed. Bring to a slow simmer and immediately add butter, whisking constantly until curd is thickened and will stick to the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.

Strain curd through a small mesh strainer into a medium bowl with a lid, or cover tightly with saran wrap. Chill for at least an hour, or until cold. If you don't eat it all in a week (which I have no idea how you wouldn't), toss it out after 7 days.


Ways to use your Lemon Curd!

Apple and Lemon Curd Tart from Matchbox
Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries from Chow
Lemon Curd Donuts from Flour Child
Lemon Curd Buns with Creamy Lemon Icing from My Custard Pie

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58 Responses to “Simply Perfect Lemon Curd”

  1. 1

    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 10, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    I’d be a Jessica. In fact, my parents almost named me that. Now I need to find a red suspendered old man and some lemons!

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    Lindsay — April 10, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

    I love you.

    I am so totally a Jessica.

    Only we don’t have any adorable old lemon pushers here. Can I borrow yours?

    Also, where did you get that jar? It’s precious.

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    Sally - My Custard Pie — April 10, 2012 @ 11:24 pm

    Lemon crack! Love it. Have to agree that it’s totally irresistable :) Lovely pics.

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    Heather — April 10, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Lemon crack is SO appropriate!

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    DessertForTwo — April 10, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

    I agree-let’s change the name!
    I’m so a Jessica! And I’m proud! 😉

    I tried to click on the link to peek inside your bag, but it’s not working :(

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    Katarina — April 10, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    Lovely lemon curd!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 10, 2012 @ 11:31 pm

    I think I’m both a Jorge and Jessica! :) And you’re right, lemon curd should totally be called lemon crack.

    Btw you’re little mini carafes are freakishly adorable.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — April 11, 2012 @ 12:14 am

    I love, love, love lemon desserts. I bet this would be delicious as a cupcake filling!

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    Becky — April 11, 2012 @ 12:44 am

    Hahaha – I truly just laughed out loud when I read “lemon crack” – because it’s SO true! “Curd” just doesn’t do it justice :)

  10. 10

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 11, 2012 @ 12:58 am

    That lemon curd IS perfect looking…wow. So delicate and light and bright and I want a big spoon, now!

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    Brittany — April 11, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    Um, this looks glorious. And I love lemons. And I’ve somehow never made lemon cream/crack. Whaaaaat?! Can’t wait to try this.

  12. 12

    Kathryn — April 11, 2012 @ 4:40 am

    Lemon curd is one of my favourite things ever.

  13. 13

    Katrina — April 11, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I loooove lemon curd! Yours sounds delicious!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) — April 11, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I am a Jorge. {hangs head in shame}
    BUT I would eat the pants off this lemon curd.
    BUT I have never tried lemon curd is because of the “curd”. Whoever came up with that name need to be in jail.

    So yeah, I need to call it lemon crack and move on with my life.

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    Natalie @ Oven Love — April 11, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    Gorgeous pictures, lady!

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    thelittleloaf — April 11, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    Haha that’s exactly the kind of thing I’d do (both things actually, the lemons and the Oreos…) I love lemon curd, it’s so incredibly delicious and so much better when homemade. Yours looks wonderful.

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    Sara — April 11, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I love lemon curd. In fact, all curds to be more accurate. In class the other night our chef instructor actually said I was becoming the queen of curds. I’ll take it!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 11, 2012 @ 9:06 am

    hahaha you are so funny and cute. this looks SOOO good and I LOVE the teal and jar!!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — April 11, 2012 @ 9:28 am

    My biggest problem with the word “curd” is that I always read it as “crud.” But, I so love lemon curd in a trifle, on a cookie, on a spoon, or in my belly!

  20. 20

    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — April 11, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    I agree-curd sounds so gross. Your pictures look delicious :)

  21. 21

    Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — April 11, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I just bought 2 pounds of meyer lemons. I think it might be necessary for me to make this!

  22. 22

    Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 11, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    There is nothing better than curd although the mental visual is just disturbing and all our grody. I love making curd out of anything I can get my hands on and I made a coconut version which didn’t get used in anything at all – I just ate it with a spoon. Very unceremonious of me, but it was too good NOT too do.

  23. 23

    jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — April 11, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I always look forward to your posts…you are too funny. Love the curd.

  24. 24

    Cassie — April 11, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I keep telling myself that I need to make lemon curd but I haven’t done it yet. You make it look so simple, rich and amazing!

  25. 25

    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — April 11, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures. It really does look perfect.

  26. 26

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 11, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    That jar and spoon are completely adorable! Love them and this lemon dreaminess.

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    Kelsey — April 11, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I’m a Charlotte. Oh wait, wrong quiz 😉 I’m a Jessica, though my inner child is a Jorge. I love lemon curd. In fact, I made a really delicious tart with lemon curd last weekend. I’ll be posting this week. You know, to help you with that lemon problem.

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    Kiran @ — April 11, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    Must make Jessica’s lemon curd soon — off to hatch a 39 million lemon plan 😉

  29. 29

    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 11, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    LOVE lemon curd! This looks so good. Cute little jar too :)

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    Joanne — April 11, 2012 @ 6:04 pm

    I’m a Jessica. Totally totally a Jessica. Lemon curd is way more of a vice for me than oreos ever will be! ANd that’s saying a lot…cause I really love oreos.

  31. 31

    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 11, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    oh my god. I just want to DRINK this.

  32. 32

    Tina (My Life as a Mrs) — April 11, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    i guess that makes me a Jorge in this world (yikes I gotta be careful sayin’ that! haha)… would you believe i’ve NEVER had lemon curd??? yet another reason we need to be neighbors… you can culture me :) hah ps- i flipping loved checking out your purse contents!

  33. 33

    Kayleigh — April 11, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    Love the pictures, great recipe. Going to try to try it out!

  34. 34

    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — April 11, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

    That’s why I always avoid farmer’s markets unless I have extra money to spend. Whether I go with $20 or $100 I always come home broke!

  35. 35

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — April 11, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    I think I am a combo of Jorge and Jessica. I think you should make one of those facebook quizzes with more questions so I can be totally sure though.

    This curd looks perfect! Would be great to keep in the fridge to add to desserts!

  36. 36

    what katie's baking — April 11, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    i’ve always wondered how to make lemon curd.
    yum. and beautiful photos!

  37. 37

    Xtine — April 12, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    Lemon curd on saltines is one of my favorite snacks, weird I know. :) This is gorgeous.

  38. 38

    nicole {sweet peony} — April 12, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    OMG you take the most amazing photos! I loooove lemon curd, errr, crack! So delish. Can’t wait to make some!

  39. 39

    leslie — April 12, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

    I mean seriously..You got some great food porn shots!

  40. 40

    Gerry @Foodness Gracious — April 13, 2012 @ 2:17 am

    Hi, my name is Gerry Speirs and I am a Jessica……lemons over Oreos anytime!

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    Javelin Warrior — April 13, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    Jessica, another beautiful and easy creation – this simply perfect. And the color is incredible. I am featuring this post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. It’s a pleasure to be following your creations… (And I would be a Jessica – I have a hard time saying no to people, especially those older than myself 😉

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    Sara/Matchbox Kitchen — April 18, 2012 @ 2:27 am

    Thank you for including my apple + lemon curd tart! I could eat lemon curd on just about anything.

  43. 43

    Cheoy Lee — April 18, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    Lemon curd on toast is my preferred breakfast, and always will be.

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    Virginia Kahler-Anderson, aka HomeRearedChef — May 23, 2012 @ 2:48 pm

    I am so very glad that Genie Grato Featured this, or I would not have found this lovely recipe. I LOVE “Lemon Cream”, and I LOVE the name. Lemon “Curd” just doesn’t do it justice! :)


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    Construction Supplies San Diego — July 3, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

    I just made lemon curd this weekend for a recipe… it tasted like metal… I think I need a new strainer…

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    Jessica — July 4, 2012 @ 10:56 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love the color and the photos, I can practically taste it! (And it’s good!)
    I am a Jessica but I think I need to be more of a spontaneous Jessica, Jessica. …if that makes any sense :)
    Anyways, I just found your blog today and I’m loving it!

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    Nie — July 10, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    Where did you find the little container and spoon. I know it’s not food related but it’s just SO cute.

    • Jessica replied: — July 11th, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

      The glass jar is from Crate and Barrel. The spoon is from Ikea. 😉

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    Tammy — August 22, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    When I want a quick sweet treat; especially to go with a cup of tea or coffee, I get tea biscuits or shortbread cookies. Then one day I put some whipped cream cheese and a little lemon curd on it…….. OMG……..Heaven in your mouth. They are like little lemon meringue pies without allthe work.

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    Shasha — January 20, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    does anyone know the brand of jars these are in the pictures? thanks

    • Jessica replied: — January 21st, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      They are from Crate & Barrel.

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    Amber — January 22, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

    My aunt makes homemade chicken strips And drizzles lemon curd over them omg! I have been craving them I know it may sound gross but it’s delishious!!!!

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    KATE — February 16, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    We always used to call lemon curd lemon cheese in Lancashire, UK.

  53. 53

    raine — March 21, 2013 @ 3:40 am

    I’ve always called it lemon butter – sounds much more edible that way (and also makes it totally legit to eat on toast for breakfast). And I can totally relate to buying wayyyy to much produce at road side stands, I just can’t help myself!

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