LEMON CURD

This smooth and luscious lemon curd can be used as a filling, topping, or spread. The recipe is versatile, so you can customize it to suit your own taste.


Lemon curd is one of Erez's top picks, so you can trust me when I say that I've made it incalculable times. In spite of the fact that it might take several tries to truly get the hang of it, once you do, it turns out to be staggeringly simple! Today it took me around 20 minutes all the way – 10 for arrangement, 10 for cooking, and around 2 more to strain and whisking the spread. 

Lemon curd can be utilized as a spread, for example, on scones, or as a filling or fixing for pavlovas, cheesecakes, layer cakes, tarts, sandwich treats, parfaits, and the sky is the limit from there. 


This formula is the one I utilize constantly. It's basic since it doesn't require isolating the eggs, and it's additionally light. I'll here and there change the formula somewhat, taking after the rules beneath, on the off chance that I need it somewhat sweeter or wealthier. On the off chance that you've never made lemon curd, I recommend beginning with the formula as-may be; it has a decent adjust of sweetness and poignancy, and is loaded with lemon enhance.


How about we go over the fixings: 

Eggs: Using entire eggs is basic, as well as makes for a light curd. Rather than 3 entire eggs, you can utilize 2 entire eggs in addition to 2 egg yolks, 1 entire egg in addition to 4 egg yolks, or only 5-6 egg yolks. The more egg yolks you utilize, the wealthier and creamier (and to some degree heavier) the curd will be. It will likewise yield a much yellower curd rather than formulas utilizing entire eggs as it were. 


Sugar: I like a curd that is tart and not too sweet, but rather on the off chance that you incline toward it the a different way, include a couple of more tablespoons (2-4) of sugar.


Lemons: This curd is brimming with lemon enhance. For a milder flavor, you can simply utilize somewhat less squeeze and pizzazz (or increasingly on the off chance that you need it more lemony!). 


Margarine: Personally, I like a mellow rich flavor, yet everything relies on upon individual taste. Margarine includes season, as well as makes for a smoother and creamier consistency. On the off chance that favored, you can include more spread than the formula proposes (up to 1/2 glass). Since including the margarine is the last stride of the procedure, include as much as you prefer until you achieve the craved taste.


More notes and tips: 

– The curd ought to be cooked delicately, in light of the fact that on the off chance that it bubbles or gets excessively hot, it will turn sour. In spite of the fact that it is conceivable to cook it on low warmth in a pan, I very prescribe utilizing a twofold kettle – this implies setting the fixings in a heatproof bowl set over a pan with stewing water. At the point when utilizing a twofold kettle, it's critical to note that the bowl ought not touch the water and be over the water, not in it. Ensure that the water has direct air pockets and isn't intensely bubbling anytime. 

– If your curd doesn't appear to thicken following 10 minutes or somewhere in the vicinity, basically increment the warmth. 

– Straining the curd subsequent to cooking makes it smoother and disposes of any protuberances or bits of cooked egg. 

– When grinding the lemon get-up-and-go, abstain from grinding the substance (the white part underneath). The substance is biting and will change the kind of the curd. 

– Whisking the blend continually while cooking as the formula recommends doesn't mean you have to whisk it relentless, yet it means you ought to stay close to the stove, watch out for it, and mix frequently so it won't sour. 


– Lemon curd solidifies well for around 2 months. You can simply discover some in my cooler!


Lemon Curd
Yields: 1½ cups
 
This smooth and luscious lemon curd can be used as a filling, topping, or spread. The recipe is versatile, so you can customize it to suit your own taste.
Ingredients
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup (150g/5.3 oz) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup (120 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-3 lemons for both zest and juice)
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick/56 g) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Instructions
  1. Note: Before you start, you may want to refer to the above post which contains useful information.
  2. In a medium heatproof bowl, place eggs, sugar, lemon zest, and juice and whisk to combine. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (bain-marie). Cook on moderate heat, whisking constantly, until mixture becomes thick (mine was ready in 10 minutes). If you have a thermometer, it should register 170F/75C; otherwise, it should coat the back of a wooden spoon and leave a clear pass if you run your finger through it. The curd will thicken more once cooled.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately strain mixture through a sieve. Add butter and whisk until completely melted and incorporated, and mixture is smooth.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Sometimes a “skin” can form on the surface of the curd. To prevent it, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface.
  5. Lemon curd can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week, or can be frozen for up to 2 months. To thaw, place overnight in the fridge.
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