Alton Brown's Lemon Curd

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Queen Dana

I just tripled this recipe a couple of days ago and canned the lemon curd. The recipe makes delicious lemon curd, I hope you enjoy! **** I've heard that lemon curd will keep in the freezer for up to a year.

Top Review by Mommy2two

This curd is delicious and smooth. The lemon flavor comes through, but the tart flavor is tempered by the creaminess that the yolks and butter provide. It was delicious mixed with whipped cream and served over gingerbread, and was fantastic straight out of the jar in a spoon! Thanks for posting!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 12 cup butter, cut into pats and chilled

Directions

  1. Add enough water to a medium saucepan to come about 1-inch up the side. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium size metal bowl and whisk until smooth, about 1 minute. Measure citrus juice and if needed, add enough cold water to reach 1/3 cup. Add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Once water reaches a simmer, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan. (Bowl should be large enough to fit on top of saucepan without touching the water.) Whisk until thickened, approximately 8 minutes, or until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter a piece at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Remove to a clean container and cover by laying a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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