Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Recipe: Delia Smith's fresh lemon curd

I never knew lemon curd was so easy to make. I used Delia Smith's recipe, which took me less than 15 minutes to make. It tastes so good, I couldn't stop licking the spatula afterwards. Love the tangy flavours. Always use fresh lemons and not the imitation lemon juice for this.

Fresh lemon curd


You could use it as a filling for your cakes, tarts or even on your toast. So good, you could even eat it on its own. Stay tuned to see what I used my lemon curd for... any guesses?

Baby D couldn't wait to get his hands on it


Finger licking good ;)


Fresh lemon curd 
Recipe adapted from Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course
Preparation time : 2-3 minutes
Cooking time: 5-6 minutes
Yields 200-250 ml

Ingredients
Grated rind and juice of 1 large, juicy lemon (I got approx. 45ml out of 1 lemon)
70g caster sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
50g butter, cut into cubes


1. Whisk the eggs and lemon juice together in a small saucepan, then add the lemon rind and sugar. Give it a quick stir to incorporate ingredients.

2. Add butter and place the saucepan over low heat. (The recipe in the book actually tells you to place the ingredients in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water but this will take much longer to do. Her new recipe online uses stovetop cooking, which was what I followed as it only takes approx. 5 mins).

3. Keep stirring (using a balloon whisk or spatula) until the mixture has thickened, to a custard consistency - approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat.

4. Pour into a clean bowl and cover with a cling film, placed directly on the lemon curd to avoid a skin from forming. The lemon curd will thicken more when cooled. It is best eaten within a week, and has to be kept refridgerated.

Note: You can reduce the sugar to 55-60g if you prefer your lemon curd to be more tangy.




Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here.

32 comments:

  1. I've been planning to make some grapefruit or lime curd using Martha Stewart recipe but her recipe calls for 8 egg yolks pfffftttt ! Yours sounds way better ! Will steal this recipe sometime , okay ?! lol

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    1. Hehe go ahead and "steal" the recipe. Sharing is caring :) I guess maybe grapefruit not as sour as lemon, hence you may need to reduce the sugar a little/

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  2. Lemon meringue pie? Lemon curd madelines? Lemon curd Crepe cake?

    I love freshly made Lemon curd. And you are right it isn't hard to make at all. The danger is the other half always steal them.

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    1. I stood by the stove after I finished making it and licked the spatula clean. So far only one person guessed what I made correctly. :D

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  3. Was that a hat that your boy was wearing? So cute! Your lemon curd looked very smooth there! I made it to eat with homemade chocolate crepes & also as a filling for my brioche, shaped in croissant b4. Like it very much!:

    http://jessie-cookingmoments.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/chocolate-pancake-homemade-lemon-curd.html

    http://jessie-cookingmoments.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/lemon-curd-brioche-croissants-hello.html

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    1. Yes, it's his sun hat. He wears it every day when he goes for walk cos Malaysia is quite hot after 8am.

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  4. I have made lemon curd from scratch before and yours look really great. The picture of Baby D licking it is so cute.

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    1. What I loved about the photo is that he was truly enjoying it.... even when the cameras stop snapping, he continued licking his fingers.

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  5. I wanna squeeze him lah! :D so cute

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  6. They are amazing with scones. Hehe. You should bake some scones to go with this!

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    1. I love scones with clotted cream, but am guessing lemon curd would be great with it too.

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  7. Bady D is so cute!
    Can't wait to know what you used your lemon curd for. :D

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    1. Thanks CK! He's so good at posing WITH food. A natural!

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  8. Hi, your boy is so cute! The lemon curd looks so easy. Maybe I can use it as a cake frosting? Mich@Piece of Cake

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    1. Definitely! Actually it's great with cakes cos the sourness cuts the sweetness of the cake nicely.

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  9. Hi, your boy is so cute! The lemon curd looks so easy. Maybe I can use it as a cake frosting? Mich@Piece of Cake

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  10. does anyone win a prize for the guessing? i'm putting my wager on lemon curd cupcakes, heheh (alternative guess: pancakes with lemon curd!) :D

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    1. So far one person guessed correctly. (Maybe it's you?) I'll keep you all guessing :P

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  11. Daniel like sour food? He seem like quite enjoy this :P

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    1. Daniel likes most things if they're nice. I'm surprised he likes the sour lemon curd wor. Maybe very appetizing.

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  12. Ah you can never go wrong with Delia. She is such a legend.

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    1. Yes she is! I love cooking from her book.

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  13. likey likey!
    i wan this to go with my biscuit! me love sourish food too!

    www.ivyaiwei.com

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    1. Can make and it will keep for a few days. Then can eat it with EVERYTHING!

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  14. likey likey!
    i wan this to go with my biscuit! me love sourish food too!

    www.ivyaiwei.com

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  15. I can see from the face that it is very nice... So cute!!! LOL!!!

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  16. Aww Baby D so cute, curi makan! Haha!

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    1. Hehe yalo.. couldn't wait anymore.. cos mummy take so long to take photos :P

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  17. Your baby truly enjoy this lemon curd. Don't know why, I know lemon curd is easy to prepare but never plan to make, maybe my family did not appreciate fruit jam .

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    1. I'm surprised that he likes it so much too. I will make it again soon for him.

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