Monday, February 7, 2011

Lemon Curd

When I was cleaning up the refrigerator today, I saw half a dozen lemons there so I decided to make lemon curd and use it to practise my photography.  I killed two birds with a stone.  I have a jar of delicious lemon curd and at the same time get to know my camera better.

On the eve of Chinese New Year, my hubby made a peach tart and there were some balance of pie crust and I use them to make some mini lemon tarts and they taste really good.  On the second day of the Chinese New Year , my hubby discovered that lemon curd goes very well with the walnut cookies. I have to agree that it is really a great combination.







Makes about 2 cups
 Ingredients:
6 egg yolks
3/4 cup castor sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 ½ big lemons)
2 tbs grated lemon zest
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter (1 stick butter), cut into 10 slices

Method:
Add 1-inch of water to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat. In a medium metal bowl whisk the egg yolks and sugar for about 2 minutes until smooth. Whisk in the lemon juice and zest until combined. 


Place the mixing bowl on top of saucepan (the bowl should be wide enough to fit on top of the saucepan, but shouldn't be touching the simmering water). Stir the mixture constantly with a rubber spatula, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl as you stir, until it begins to thicken, and will coat the back of a spoon. This will take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 


Whisk in the butter, one slice at a time. Wait until each piece almost disappears before adding the next. Spoon into clean glass containers and allow to cool with a piece of plastic wrap laid on the surface to prevent a skin from forming.

Refrigerate until needed. This lemon curd will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

46 comments:

  1. thanks for the recipe! i can put this to good use since lemon curd is so versatile and useable in many desserts :)

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  2. This is the first time I see such a thing, looks very yellow

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  3. My mother used to make fantastic lemon curd, thanks for the memories. Diane

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  4. The colour of your lemon curd looks beautiful. I love how simple this is. Your lemon tarts are so cute. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  5. great pics...I make a lemon rasberry cake that takes lemon curd for the filling, I have always used the store bought kind...now that I have you wonderful recipe I will try making my own, thanx :)

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  6. Wow your lemon curd looks amazing! What a striking yellow! Sounds delicious :D. I love killing two birds with one stone too, makes me feel like I accomplished so much haha.

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  7. Oh Ymmm! It seems easy enough to make fresh at home.

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  8. That looks delicious, and sooo yellow! I always make our lemon curd in the microwave (I always tend to curdle the stovetop versions), but it never comes out quite so golden!

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  9. Sounds delicious. I have never thought of making lemon curd but this looks quite simple, I may attempt is someday. Thanks for the inspiration

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  10. I always think you have the most beautiful photos on your blog.
    What kind of camera do you have?

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  11. Great photos! I have never been able to make a good lemon curd. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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  12. LOVE lemon curd - so many thing you can do with this!

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  13. my all time favourite - thank you for the recipe!

    i'm such a beginner, i hope i can make it as i love lemon curd; I used to be able to buy the bottled ones (can't remember the name of the brand but the logo is a golliwog) but I can't find it anymore.

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  14. Definitely better than making lemonade out of so many lemons ;p

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  15. Lemon Curd...loved the color! WOW...

    Loved your header too! :D

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  16. Oh yummmy! Looks so creamy and delicious!Awesome photos!

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  17. Lemon curd looks beautiful. awesome clicks.

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  18. I love lemon curd, could eat it right from the pan. Your photos are really good. Looks like you've practiced quite a bit.

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  19. Beautifully rich lemon curd, love your photos!

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  20. Lovely curd and the date with your camera is inspirational. I too have looked deeper into my camera's user manual. A novice, but inspired just the same...

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  21. Jean: You are welcome. So glad you like the recipe.

    Filip: You must try making this, it is very delicious.

    Diane: You are welcome.

    lequan: You are most welcome and thanks for always leaving encouraging words.

    David, Rudi: Yes, stop buying from the store, make your own, they are more delicious for sure.

    Sharon: That's exactly how I felt.

    Rosaria,Three-Cookies: It is truly very simple to make.

    Celia: Don't make this in microwave. If you just following the instruction, your will get good results.

    Wendy: I use a Canon 500D and the EF 50mm f/1.8 lens. I took these photos in a light box because it was evening that I took the photos. I prefer to take the food photos with natural light on a table next to a window. However, if it is in the evening, taking them in the light box in the alternative.

    Kiek: You are most welcome, always glad to share. You will make good lemon curd with this recipe, trust me:D

    tigerfish, Belinda: Yes, I agree:D

    love2cook, Sandra, Swathi, Sandra, 5 star foodies: Many thanks for the compliment on my photos, I am still learning your comments encourage me to improve further.

    Cakewalker: I am so happy to hear that my photos inspire you:D

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  22. I love lemon curd... but those tarts look incredible!

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  23. the color is such a bright pretty yellow! thanks for sharing quay po!

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  24. Wow, your photos really capture the tartness of a great lemon curd. Lovely and delicious!

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  25. You have absolutely achieved your goal with the photography, its fabulous & the lemon curd sounds really yummy too :)

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  26. It's a very tempting recipe :) and the pictures are really great! I think I should try it

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  27. Beautiful lemon curd. I have always wanted to make but somehow never got to sit down and making it. I have to try one of these days. Thanks for reminding. Hope you are enjoying your Chinese New Year.

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  28. Your lemon curd looks really amazing :) It seems fresh and creamy... I need to make some :)

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  29. Have never tried this one, but after looking at yours its time, we love this filling!

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  30. Those lemon tarts are gorgeous!!! Looks like you've mastered the photography :)

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  31. Another fantastic recipe from you, I simply love the vibrant yellow curd. :)

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  32. The Lemon curd looks wonderful.

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  33. The pictures are amazing!!!The lemon curd looks fantastic!

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  34. Sorry for not able to leave you comment for the past few weeks. I so enjoy reading your all CNY posts. Here I would like to wish you and your family a prosperous and happy new year. Can't wait to see you in person.

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  35. I LOVE lemon curd and the mini tarts sound yummy! I have yet to try with cookies but it sounds like a good idea :D Happy CNY!

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  36. Lemon Curd is a dream! Yours looks wonderful, as do your pictures.

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  37. Adorable!! I LOVE lemon curd :) and have just made a lemon meringue pie... But your curd looks awsome - so bright and beautiful!!

    Veronica, I have another blog award for you: http://angellovescooking.blogspot.com/2011/02/tikvenik-aka-phyllo-pampkin-pie-with.html

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  38. never thought of making lemon curd at home. bookmarked to try this weekend. currently paying quite a bit for it here (malaysia) - my girls LOVE lemon curd with bread!

    thanks for sharing the recipe.

    a little late but "Happy CNY" to you and your family, Here's hoping that the Rabbit brings the best in terms of health and happiness!! :)

    xoxo,
    Celine

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  39. Beautiful lemon curd and photos! I've been wanting to make curd, thanks for the recipe!

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  40. This looks delicious. Wonderful job. Lemon craving firmly in place now. ;)

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  41. Kate, Jess, Bridgett, Anna, Medeja, Mary, Tes, Pegasuslegend, Lizzy, Cathy, Joy, Erica, Eileen, Wilde in the Kitchen, biarrose: Thanks so much for visiting me again and appreciate your comments. They are very encouraging.

    Sonia: No worries, I knew you just moved into your new place and it takes time to settle in. Me too, very excited to meet you and the rest of the local food bloggers. Can't wait to taste all the wonderful foods.

    Jen: Thanks for the CNY greetings. Do try this with the cookies, I assure you will not regret it:D

    Mina: First thanks for your visit and thinking of me for the award. I feel honored. I appreciate your kind gesture and leaving a positive comment.

    Celine: Thanks for the CNY greetings, I wish the same for you and your family. Enjoy this lemon curd and for sure your kids will not want to eat what you buy after tasting what you made at home:D

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  42. You certainly are a very practical gal ;o)

    I would not have thought of pairing walnut with lemon...I'll think of this next time when concocting a creation in my baking. Thanks for sharing this little discovery ;o)

    Falvourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  43. wow, your lemon curd looks beautiful and the yellow is very attractive..btw, i think your photography skills are excellent, nice shots!

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  44. Foodessa: Looking to hear from you how you like it with walnut cookies.

    lena: Thanks you for your compliment on my photography. It means a lot to me and indeed encouraging me to want to take better photos.

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  45. Chistina: Thanks for your visit and comment. Hope to see you around more often.

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