Chef John's Lighter Lemon Curd

Chef John's Lighter Lemon Curd

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"This has all the rich lemony goodness of regular lemon curd with fewer calories and a little less fat. Use it for lemon tarts, on pancakes, or a filling for layer cakes."
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1 h 25 m servings 225 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 225 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 12.1 g
  • 19%
  • Carbs:
  • 27.8g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 3.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium:
  • 37 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Place a saucepan containing several inches of water over medium heat and bring water to a simmer.
  2. Place eggs into a metal mixing bowl and add sugar and lemon juice. Place bowl over pan containing simmering water and whisk continuously until mixture foams and becomes thick, hot, and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat; whisk in lemon zest and unsalted butter. Continue whisking constantly until butter melts and incorporates into the lemon curd. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, pushing the plastic wrap onto the surface of the lemon curd. Refrigerate until chilled and lemon curd has set up, at least 1 hour. Stir before serving.


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I just made this lemon curd and it turned out scrumptious! Cooling now in the frig! Lots of lemony tartness and so pretty! Mine was a lot more yellow, but I used fresh country eggs from my neig...

I've never before attempted a custard or curd (always afraid of scrambling the eggs), but the video and clear instructions made it seem so ridiculously easy that I gave it a try. Glad I did - i...

I'm going to preface this by saying I've never had lemon curd so I don't know if this is normal but This came out VERY sweet! As it was my first time making this or any other lemon curd I resis...

I had lost my favorite lemon curd recipe. This is pretty much it. Glad I found it. Don't change a thing.

Great recipe for lemon curd, but it is fairly tart so if that isn't your cup of tea have it with some fruit or as part of a desert.

Easy and good.

It tastes really good and easy to make! But mine is more yellow colored and looks less creamy. I could not get the curd to turn pale no matte how long it was cooked. What did I do wrong?

I have never made lemon curd before, but now I make it a lot! So easy and delicious. Last year had a load of lemons and froze the juice in ice trays. I'm making this now with fresh juice from f...

Smooth,lemony rich flavor with the right amount of tartness. Found so many uses. Perfect Easter desert starters. SRS

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