This is a simple recipe for making lemon curd. What is lemon curd? Lemon curd is a very rich dessert topping or spread. It's buttery and sweet with intense tart lemon flavor– like a creamy lemon version of jam. Lemon curd is made from simple ingredients and comes together quickly on the stove. If you love the taste of lemons, the tart and sweet flavor you will love lemon curd. This recipe was used in my summer cake recipe.
⅓ cup lemon juice (from about 2 medium lemons)
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
½ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon heavy cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon fine salt
In a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat the lemon juice. Do not boil you just want to heat to warm. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. After mixing well at warm lemon juice until blended. Pour back into saucepan and continue cooking until it thickens. It should coat the back of a spoon. Turn off the heat and add the butter. Stir the butter until melted. Add the heavy cream and stir until well blended. You are done!
Pour you lemon curd into a glass bowl. If you don't have one don't worry use a glass. Don’t use aluminum or unlined copper pans when making curd. They could react with the acid in the lemons, discoloring the curd and leaving a metallic aftertaste. I have never had an issue using metal bowls when mixing. But you should avoid if possible.