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Fresh Lemon/Orange Curd

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Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 25 minutes

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Serves 12

Homemade curd is easy to make and ever so tasty.

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  • Grated rind and juice of 1 large lemon/orange
  • 3 oz (75g) caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 oz (50g) butter


  1. Grate the lemon/orange rind into a bowl and then extract the juice.

  2. in another bowl, whisk the juice and eggs together, then pour this mixture over the sugar and combine.

  3. Add the butter, cut into small cubes over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir frequently until thick and creamy and coats the back of a wooden spoon.

  4. Take off the heat and leave to cool before using as desired.

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21st Jan, 2016
I found this recipe as I wanted to make orange curd tarts instead of lemon curd for a change. It turned out well but only makes a small quantity (about 350ml using very large eggs) and I would make the following adjustments if I made it again: the sugar could be reduced to 60g and it would benefit from the addition of a few drops of orange oil to enhance and intensify the flavour. Also, the recipe doesn't say when to add the grated rind - I mixed it into the sugar before combining with the egg/juice mixture and that proved to very successfully distribute the rind evenly. Just a word to the novice: the temperature has to be kept very low when cooking the curd to avoid scrambling the eggs and constant stirring is essential when the mixture begins to thicken to gain a perfectly smooth result. A nice recipe which I shall use again, with the aforementioned adjustments.
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