Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd

Prep Time

5 minutes

Cook Time

17 minutes


Lemon Curd

Made with fresh lemons, this luscious curd is delicious spread on homemade scones.

Recipe courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Bread, by Beth Hensperger (Simon & Schuster, 2002).

When cooking the curd, watch carefully so it does not boil. Makes about 1 cup.


  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter


  • 1 In a heavy saucepan, combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk vigorously for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk for 1 minute more. Set the pan over low heat and cook gently, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 2 Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Cover tightly and refrigerate before using.


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