Meyer Lemon Curd

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One of my favorite recipes using Meyer lemons is my lemon curd. It keeps well in the fridge (although mine seems to disappear pretty quickly) and has so many uses. It is delicious served with gingerbread, simple cakes or on top of shortbread cookies. You can stir it into plain yogurt, spread it on toast or eat it right off the spoon.

The lemons on our tree are ripening, slowly because of our cold winter, but they are worth waiting for! Our tree was a gift from my maternal grandmother, who bought it for me during her only visit to my home in 1983. It came from our nearby  Mission Hills Nursery, my garden center for over thirty years now.

Yields 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon Meyer lemon zest

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the lemon juice and eggs.

2. Using a whisk, stir mixture as you bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat once it boils and continue cooking, constantly whisking, until mixture has thickened. This will take five minutes or so.

3. Remove pan from heat. Stir in butter and lemon zest.

4. Spoon curd into a bowl or storage container, cover and chill for at least 6 hours. Lemon curd will continue to thicken as it chills.

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6 Responses to Meyer Lemon Curd

  1. TasteFood January 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    Our meyer lemons are nearly there. I have never paired lemon curd with gingerbread – but I am happy to try.

    • lizthechef January 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

      Thanks, Lynda, it’s a combo I remember from childhood – of course, I only wanted the g’bread…

  2. Jayne January 21, 2011 at 2:54 pm #

    This looks nice and easy! I love lemon curd. How lovely that your tree has such a family connection.

    • lizthechef January 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      Yes, it is one special tree for our family…

  3. Sandi January 22, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Sounds fantastic! I’ve been getting meyer lemons at the Little Italy Farmer’s Market and this is a perfect idea of how to savor them all year. BTW, I love the Mission Hills Nursery. I don’t have a yard but they always help me with my orchids and their african violets.

    • lizthechef January 22, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      Love those Meyers! I buy them at the market there too when our tree is “empty”.

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