Spring is in the air! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and you can’t choose any outfit that the weather will actually cooperate with. In short, it’s the most vibrant, colorful, and….uh…horny time of the year. What?! You know it’s true! Everything is mating, that’s kinda the point of spring!!
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Anywho, besides all the frisky business, spring also brings a lot of changes to our baking. We are opting for lighter flavors with sweet and fresh fruits and slowly moving away from heavier things like chocolate and whatnot.
And honestly, I can’t think of a more spring time recipe that a good old easy lemon curd recipe. What is it about spring time that entices us to put this zesty treat in everything?
Lemon bars, tarts, pies, donuts, cookies, cakes; whatever dessert you can think of probably has a spring time version somewhere that includes some lemon curd.
To be completely honest with you guys, I truly love lemon curd and if there isn’t a dessert where you can use it, I’ll probably make a recipe where I can.
What can you use your easy lemon curd recipe for??
Besides using it in everything, here are some ideas to use your fresh and delicious lemon curd.
- Thumbprint Cookies
- Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes
- It makes a great dipping sauce for Pancake Bites
- Lemon Bars
- Mini Lemon Meringue Pies
- Use as a yummy cake, macaron, or crepe filling
- Eat it shamelessly like you would Nutella. You know what I mean, get a spoon and indulge right out of the jar.
- Put it in a cute jar, tie a ribbon around it and gift it to your neighbors, friends, or family
Tips for this Easy Lemon Curd Recipe:
Do NOT use an aluminum pot, spoon, or storage container for this recipe. The acidity of the lemons will react weird to the metal giving your final product a metallic taste.
Strain your curd! Speaking from experience, if you don’t the lemon zest will give your curd a rather grainy, unappealing texture. Contrary to my misinformed belief, zest doesn’t just “dissolve”. So strain that bish.
Get yourself this useful strainer set. It works for everything you could possibly need to strain and works great for dusting powdered sugar or cocoa powder over the tops of your desserts.
Easy Lemon Curd Recipe
- 3 eggs
- 1 cups sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice
- 1½ tbsp lemon zest
- ¼ tsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ½ cup butter cut into cubes
- Add your eggs and sugar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Add your lemon juice and stir quickly until well combined.
- Continue stirring until your sugar has dissolved and then add your lemon zest, butter, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla. Whisk continuously until your curd begins to thicken. (About 10 minutes).
- Remove from heat (while continuing to stir). Strain the curd to make sure it's smooth and pour into a glass jar.
- Chill for at least one hour before use for best results.
- Use for pies, as a substitute for maple syrup on pancakes, etc. Store in the fridge in between uses and save for up to 1 month.
Lemon seems to be the flavor of spring. I guess it makes sense. It is light, refreshing and absolutely delicious so why the heck not, right?
And even though we all thought it was a complicated recipe, it’s actually quite simple. Now you’ll be the envy of all your friends.
So once you’ve made this tasty and super easy lemon curd recipe, take a pic, post it on the gram and make sure to tag me (@thefulfillmentpill)! I love seeing you creations and really, if you don’t post it on Instagram, did it even happen?
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