Lemon Curd

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//cookanyday.com/cdn/shop/files/Anyday_Photos_LemonCurd_Hero_360x.png?v=1711128586 Perfectly cooked no-stir lemon curd made and served in the glass Anyday dish, providing a creamy, sweet, and tangy spread. This method ensures smooth and luscious lemon curd, ideal for spreading on scones, muffins, or using as a tart filling.
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Prep Time

2 mins

Cook Time

10 mins

Free Time

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Creamy, sweet, and tart enough to make your mouth pucker just a little, homemade lemon curd strikes the perfect balance of flavors. Our version does away with the need for a water bath or constant stirring. Spread it on scones and muffins, bake it in a tart, or eat a spoonful for a midday treat.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

Desserts, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Eggs, Lemon, Deep Dish Desserts

What You’ll Need

What You’ll Need

The Large Deep Dish

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2 cups

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.

Microwave oven by power - 700w
700w

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Dish

The Large Deep Dish

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks (1 stick)
  • 1 cup (225ml) lemon juice, from about 5-7 lemons
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Place butter in the Anyday dish, and cook uncovered in the microwave for 1-2 minutes in 30-second intervals, or until fully melted.
  2. Add the lemon juice, sugar, eggs, yolks, and salt in the Anyday dish and blend with an immersion blender until well incorporated. Using an immersion blender or regular electric blender is imperative to the success of the recipe. 
  3. Cook uncovered in the microwave at Power Level 6tooltip for 10 minutes. The curd will be ready when the mixture coats the back of a spoon. If needed, cook for 30-second intervals on Power Level 6 until done.
  4. Whisk the curd until a thick cream is formed.
  5. Strain the curd to remove any potential curdled whites. Curd can be used hot as a filling or, once chilled, as a spread for pastries.

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Use lime, key lime, or grapefruit juice for a different flavor curd.
  • Try it with unsweetened passion fruit puree instead of lemon for a tropical twist.
  • Once cool, add some Greek yogurt and enjoy with fresh berries.

Recipe notes

  • Blending the curd before cooking is the secret behind this recipe. Skipping this step will result in curdled curd. Whisking by hand cannot substitute for a blender.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.

Free time to brûlée

With a lemon curd this easy, you're left with extra time to try a new technique: Brûlée!

You only need two things: sugar and a culinary torch. To brûlée, sprinkle a uniform layer of sugar over your desired surface, and use a torch to carefully caramelize it, keeping the flame about 2-3 inches away and continuously moving for even caramelization.

Apply this concept to our smooth, tangy lemon curd on split English muffins and watch it result in something magical.

Step-by-Step: Microwave Lemon Curd

Melt the butter.

Add remaining ingredients.

Use a blender to mix everything thoroughly. Cook in the microwave uncovered at the indicated Power Level.

The mixture should coat the back of a spoon.

Whisk and cool completely.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and serve.

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