Have You Tried: Lemon Curd?

by in Have You Tried, March 24, 2012
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If you've eaten lemon meringue pie, then you've eaten lemon curd.

Lemon curd is an outstanding combination of smooth, sweet, tart and tangy. You may be familiar with lemon meringue pie but have you paid attention to the star ingredient?

What Is Lemon Curd?
The basic recipe is simple. Cook down sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, eggs and butter until thick. Once the mixture cools, you’re left with a silky spread that’s bursting with sweet citrus flavor.

Healthy Attributes
Despite its decadent ingredients and rich texture, lemon curd is relatively low in fat and calories. One tablespoon is just shy of 50 calories and 2 grams of fat. And thanks to all that big flavor, a little goes a long way.

You may be able to find prepared lemon curd in specialty food markets but making your own requires minimal effort and it will be free of any preservatives.

5 Ways to Love Lemon Curd

1.) Make Ina Garten’s basic recipe
2.) Serve in phyllo cups topped with fresh berries
3.) Slather lemon curd inside crepes
4.) Make Mini Lemon Meringue Pies (above)
5.) Whisk with olive oil, chopped garlic, Dijon mustard and fresh thyme – use as marinade or salad dressing

Tell Us: Have you tried lemon curd?

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  3. This sounds like a great recipe and quite simple to make. I did not know that it can be low in calories as well. Thanks for sharing. I will try to make it this weekend!

    • Lisa says:

      My 2 favorite ways to use my homemade lemon curd is slathered on scones or biscuits, and if I thin it with a tablespoon or two of hot water, It is so delicious on pancakes in place of syrup!

  4. carolescravings says:

    Up until now, I've only made my beloved lemon meringue pie, but I'll have to try to use lemon curd in different ways as well. Using it as a dressing never occurred to me…sounds interesting!

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  7. PAT in Maine. says:

    These days some commercial lemon curd is made with corn starch. I grew up eating homemade lemon curd as a spread on bread. We also made lemon and jam tiny tarts. Spread in a sponge cake or chocolate cake is also good because the tangy taste shines through.

  8. Spiritfoods says:

    That cake in the photo looks amazing…

  9. I'll have to try it again. Wasn't a fan before.

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