Lemon Curd

Prep Time: 0:10
Cook Time: 0:15
Serves: 4

Ingredients / Shopping List

180g granulated sugar

Juice and zest of 2 lemons

90g unsalted butter

3 eggs

Prep to Cook:  microwave jug, lemon squeezer, grater, tablespoon, whisk, mixing bowl, sieve, spatula, jam jar

Prep:  Zest the lemons and then squeeze the juice.

Put the sugar, butter, zest and juice in a jug in the microwave.

Heat on high for 1 minute, then stir to help sugar dissolve

Whisk the eggs thoroughly in a mixing bowl and add to lemons

Heat in 1 minute sessions in the microwave whisking thoroughly in between each session.

When thick and smooth pour through a sieve into measuring jug

Pour into hot jam jars and allow to cool.  Put on lid and label and date.   Store in the refrigerator.  Use within 3 weeks.

Check it out!

Home-made lemon curd tastes so special it is worth the effort of making it.  It is a good present to make for anyone who appreciates lemons.  Curd is not the same as jam and does not keep without refrigeration.

Use this curd in cakes such as Victoria sandwich or swiss roll.


Recipe Science

Cooks Know How:   Making lemon curd is based upon sugar and acid and heat.  in this microwave recipe the ingredients are combined in order that the sugar dissolves and the eggs can begin to thicken the juices by coagulation.  The mixture needs to be whisked to prevent any egg scrambling taking place.  Heat it in the microwave in stages to keep the curd smooth.  Once the mixture thickens and comes to the boil it is done, the eggs will be fully coagulated.  Sieving removes the stringy chalaze of the egg and ensures a smooth curd.  On cooling the curd will become thicker.  Keep the lemon curd refrigerated to ensure a 3 week shelf life.