Homemade lemon curd is a thousand times more delicious than store-bought lemon curd, which tends to be full of additives and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. Making your own lemon curd at home is easier on the wallet and is quick and easy! Try it for yourself! This lemon curd recipe is perfectly sweet, tangy, and creamy! Perfect for filling summertime churros.
You’ll only need 5 basic ingredients and the recipe comes together in just 10 minutes! Lemon curd differs from traditional fruit jams with the addition of eggs, which creates the thick, creamy custard base found in creme brûlée or pudding! You will want to use real, good-quality lemons for the best results since you need both fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Before zesting, make sure you thoroughly wash your lemons to remove any waxy coating that could be on the skin.
Have extra lemon curd after filling your churros? Use this delicious spread on baked goods like scones and muffins, as the perfect breakfast topping for yogurt, waffles, and pancakes, or use it in desserts like strawberry shortcakes, frosting, or crepes. Better yet-- just make even more churros!
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Here's what you will need:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 lb. unsalted butter
4 L/XL eggs
1/8 t. salt (skip this if you used salted butter instead)
- Cream butter and sugar together (this is best done using a stand mixer). While butter and sugar are mixing, zest and juice the three lemons into a separate bowl.
- Once butter and sugar are smooth and creamy, add in eggs one at a time. Add in lemon juice/zest and salt, if needed. Mix until smooth.
- Pour lemon curd mix into a heavy-bottomed pot and cook on low, stirring regularly, until it reaches 170° F or it has thickened to a syrup-like consistency. Stir consistently with a spoon or a whisk to avoid curdling the egg. Remove from heat.
- Transfer your lemon curd into a container and allow it to cool in the fridge before using it to fill your churros.
Dust your lemon curd churros with sparkling golden sugar for a beautifully fresh summertime dessert. In a jar, mix granulated sugar with edible gold glitter and lemon zest.