Annabel's Lemon Curd Recipe

Annabel's Lemon Curd

About Annabel's Lemon Curd

Annabel's Lemon Curd is a delightful, tangy spread that's perfect for toast, scones, or as a filling for pastries. This homemade lemon curd recipe is simple to make and keeps well in the fridge for several weeks. The combination of fresh lemon juice and zest provides a burst of citrus flavor, balanced by the richness of butter and eggs. It's a versatile and delicious addition to your kitchen repertoire, bringing a touch of sunshine to any meal or dessert.

Annabel's Lemon Curd Ingredients

▪️ 1½ cups caster sugar
▪️ 220g butter, diced
▪️ Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
▪️ 1¼ cups lemon juice (about 6 juicy lemons), strained
▪️ 6 large eggs

How to make Annabel's Lemon Curd

Step 1: Place the sugar, butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water, ensuring the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Alternatively, use a double boiler. Heat over medium heat until the butter melts.

Step 2: In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, then stir them into the butter mixture.

Step 3: Cook over gentle heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 3-5 minutes. Ensure the mixture does not boil. It is ready when the lemon curd holds a line when you run your finger across the back of the coated spoon.

Step 4: Remove from heat immediately, stirring a little to prevent overheating on the base. Don't worry if it seems a bit runny; it will thicken as it cools.

Step 5: Pour the hot mixture through a strainer into a jug to remove any lemon zest or flecks of egg white, then pour it into hot sterilised jars (about 4) and seal.

Step 6: This lemon curd will keep for several weeks in the fridge. Enjoy this delightful spread on toast, scones, or as a filling for pastries!

Fun Facts about Annabel's Lemon Curd

▪️ Annabel's Lemon Curd uses fresh lemon juice and zest, giving it a vibrant, natural flavor.
▪️ Lemon curd is believed to have originated in England, where it was traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea.
▪️ This recipe can be adapted to make other fruit curds, such as lime or orange, by simply substituting the lemon juice and zest with your fruit of choice.

Annabel's Lemon Curd Pairing Suggestions

▪️ Annabel's Lemon Curd pairs wonderfully with freshly baked scones for a classic afternoon tea treat.
▪️ Spread it on toast or English muffins for a bright and zesty breakfast option.
▪️ Use it as a filling for pastries, tarts, or as a topping for pancakes and waffles for a delicious dessert.

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