Take 2 – Homemade Lemon Curd

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Now time for a new addition to CafeTerraBlog…..We named it ‘My Kitchen Bucket List’

I have so many dishes I dream-wish-hope to make someday!  Well since life is short, no more wishing, hoping, or dreaming…time to make them….all of them!  I will be adding to the list,  so it is a work in progress.

Here is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time, lemon curd.  It may sound easy, and honestly it really is, but you need to be prepared to whisk A LOT!  I followed a recipe (we will keep it unnamed) and it tasted fine…..but was NOT lemon curd, more like lemon spread.  So my sweet blogger friend Cooking with Books reminded me that BigFatBaker had a beautiful recipe.  Her title of the recipe…..No-Fail-Lemon-Curd, and no-fail it was!

Here is BigFatBaker’s No-Fail Lemon Curd recipe! I made a few changes, due to what I had in my house.  However, the recipe is still hers!

If you have not stopped by her site, I highly recommend you do, she has some beautiful, and delicious recipes

Yields 8

No-Fail Lemon Curd

Thick, rich lemon curd, that can be enjoyed with a spoon, or in a favorite baked good!

10 minsPrep Time

12 minsCook Time

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1 cup Florida Crystals pure cane sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter. chilled and cut into pieces
2 eggs, and 2 egg yolks
2/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (I used about 3 lemons worth of juice)
1 tsp grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon’s worth)


In a large bowl beat together the sugar and butter for about 2 minutes.

Add in each egg separately. Then mix in the egg yolks.

Mix in the lemon juice.

Move this mixture to a small saucepan, and turn your burner to low.

Stir frequently, and once the butter has fully melted turn the temperature up to medium-low.

Stirring constantly, bring the mixture’s temperature up to 170º F, it will be much thicker at this point. Do not let the mixture boil! This process took me about 12 minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon zest.

Continue stirring for the next 5-7 minutes, and allow the curd to cool slightly.


Pour your curd into a container, I chose a pint sized jar, and cover. Allow cooling for an additional 10 minutes on the counter, and then move to the refrigerator. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools, and has a pudding like consistency after it has fully cooled. Your curd will keep for a week in the fridge, and for 2 months in the freezer. This recipe yields enough curd to fill a pint sized jar, and have 3 or 4 spoonfuls left.



What is on your kitchen bucket list to make?

Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,

Hugs, Terra



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  • Mmmmhmm, looks oh so gorgeous! :) Look at you, all crafty with a ribbon and all ;) Love it, perfect gift idea...Imagine making curds of ALL citrus!? YUM!
    • Thank you so much! I am having so much fun playing around with my pictures:-) I think blood orange curd is going to be next! Hugs, Terra
  • Very smart to have a cooking bucket list, Terra! There are a ton of things that I think about making. Some day.  I do love lemon curd. Love it! And passion fruit curd. And mango curd. And key lime curd. And... oh, never mind. ;) Since I am Never prepared to wait for lemon curd, I turn the pan up to high and whisk like crazy until it thickens, then immediately strain into a bowl in an ice bath. It's kind of like playing Russian Roulette with coagulation. Very exciting! 8D
    • Wow, really, you just start whisking away with your curd....you are a wild woman! I love it:-) I wish I could find passion fruit here, I want to make something soooooo bad:-) Hugs, Terra
      • At the resto, we just bought the passion fruit puree from Perfect Purees or Boiron. Works like a charm:)
  • No-fail is definitely the kind of recipe I need! This looks amazing, and I think I would like to just eat it with a spoon. :) Mmmm...
    • Honestly, lemon curd with just a spoon is perfect! I love love the sweet treat:-) Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • Stellaken
    Ooh, I love lemon curd. Used to have a neighbor from England and every Christmas she made me a jar of lemon curd. I miss her! Will try to make this.
    • You will have so much fun making the treat! Thank you so much, Hugs, Terra
  • I'm a sucker for no-fail recipes. Great post!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Kitchen Butterfly
    That is such a GORGEOUS jar, I love th  -e turquoise ribbon. For many years lemon curd was on my KBL - i conquered it too...with joy. Currently, top of my list is to build a gingerbread house, make a croquembouche and ice cookies
    • Oh I love love your kitchen bucket list! Have fun making all of them:-) Thank you so much for the sweet words:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Lemon curd is just delightful! What a treat and it looks so gorgeous in that jar :)
    • Thank you so much for the sweet words! Hugs, Terra
  • Love making lemon curd - watching it turn from a wet mass of juice, sugar and yolks into a thick, golden, shiny curd as you whisk and whisk.  Love how you jarred it!  Hmm..my Kitchen Bucket List?  I actually can't think of anything I haven't tried at least once..I'm serious lol  This is what a food freak I am!
    • I wouldn't call you a food freak, I would say you rock! I think food is pretty fantastic, and so much fun to explore, and try:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Baker Street
    Mmmm... Homemade Lemon Curd sounds delish! Bookmarking your recipe. 
    • Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy as much as I did:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Love the bucket list idea!  lemon curd is remarkably easy, but if you turn your back for even a second, it can curdle!  Nice work on yours.
    • Thank you so much! Lemon Curd is definitely much easier then I ever thought it would be:-) Hugs, Terra
  • I love love love curds - I have made lemon, lime and orange and they are all so fabulous! And you can make so many great desserts with a jar of curd! Love the no-fail recipe! Looks perfect!
    • I want to make blood orange curd now, I am addicted to blood oranges:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Karen Bechman
    I have a complete computer full of recipes I want to try and now a Pinterest Page full as well....I really like the idea of the kitchen bucket list.  I have been experimenting on the family for years but like you want to get through some of these....maybe we can get it done : ) 
    • You definitely can get through them, it is so fun to make new treats, and challenge ourselves:-) Hugs, Terra
  • This looks lovely more so since you used cane sugar in it! Beautiful color, and no matter the widget is there or not, will catch you from anywhere ;-)
    • Thank you so much for all your sweet support! Hugs, Terra
  • EA Stewart
    Confession time...I usually have a jar (unfortunately not homemade) of lemon curd in my fridge, and I have been known to savor a spoonful from time to time when a sweet tooth attack comes along :-). I have a recipe on my blog for lemon curd thumbprint cookies that are super easy to make and very yummy. Your lemon curd looks delicious Terra-If you ever have any leftovers, feel free to send my way :-)
    • Okay, I am putting a challenge on you! I say you need to make some lemon curd, yup you NEED to! It is actually pretty easy, and really fun to make:-) Sending you love and hugs, Terra
  • Cannot believe that I've never made lemon curd - it's so easy and I love anything citrus! And now, reading through the comments, I definitely want to try blood orange curd, too. Pinned this to my Gifts from the Kitchen board :) Wasn't able to tag you though, I was sure we're following each other... 
    • Oh definitely make some, you will be so happy you did!!! I can not wait to make make the blood orange curd, I am in love with them:-)  I will make sure I am following you on Pinterest now:-)  Sending hugs!
  • my lips puckered reading and staring at your jar of lemon curd. send some over terra.  i need some sunshine to tell me that spring is near! malou
    • I love it!  Thank you so much:-)  Sending hugs your way! Terra
  • You got me at no-fail!  I love lemon curd and your presentation is beautiful.
  • Tracee
    I was just released from the hospital due to a fainting spell in the produce department of our local ungrocery store because they had MEYER LEMONS!!!  Lemon Curd is on my list for today!  I'm a lemon curd virgin and have read so many versions my head is still spinning.  My big question of the day is whole eggs...yolks only...or a combo?  I see both.  I want a rich thick curd as I am a total lemon freak and I. can. tell.  I do not want to waste these precious golden gifts from above.  I live in a one horse town and I swear this had to be a fluke because these yahoos probably don't even known what Meyer Lemons are!  Lemon?  Yes, we have lemon!  Um, no. 
  • OMG you HAVE to make this.  I made it today (finally) and it's the creamiest, most heavenly thing you can put on a spoon.  She lied not. Of course my tongue is burnt from tasting too soon but heck, who could resist.  It's also the most beautiful color.  I need more lemons and a bigger spoon.  :)
    • Omg...I did the same thing when I made this! I burnt my tongue then continued to eat it out of the pot because hey, I had no feeling anyways - might as well! Tara - I am so sorry I am just now getting to this! I thought for some silly reason I had visited you earlier when you made it. I am so glad you enjoyed. Funny story when I made this I made 2 batches, one for the freezer and one for the fridge. I went to steal a bite from the freezer jar and the thing slipped out of my hand and shattered all over the floor. Saddest curd moment ever.