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Easy Lemon Curd Recipe for Your Next Tea Party

Lemon curd! That tart creamy richness that’s great on scones, tarts and pies. Here’s an easy lemon curd recipe you can make at home out of only five ingredients!

As a perfect addition to a second course at your afternoon tea, it’s the perfect compliment to clotted cream when served with your favorite scones.

What is lemon curd?

Lemon curd is a creamy dessert topping that’s perfect on scones, tarts, ice cream, you name it. It’s great to offer during any tea party’s second course along with the traditional scones.

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Lemon curd only requires a few ingredients.

What is lemon curd made of?

Most lemon curd recipes include some variation of these ingredients:

  • Lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Sugar
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Salt

You can even make dairy free lemon curd by replacing the butter with another oil, like this dairy free recipe that uses margarine instead of butter.

Lemon Curd Uses

You can use lemon curd to top almost any sort of sweet treat from tarts to cookies.

  • Lemon curd cake filling
  • Lemon curd tart
  • Lemon curd on cheesecake
  • Lemon curd Pie
  • lemon curd pavlova
  • lemon curd cupcakes
  • lemon curd ice cream
  • lemon curd bars
  • lemon curd cookies
lemon curd recipe for scones

Easy Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe

This easy lemon curd recipe is made in a snap in the microwave. Couldn’t be easier. After it cools, keep it refrigerated for up to 10 days.

Creamy Lemon Curd on the Stovetop

I like to make lemon curd on the stovetop. There’s something that’s so satisfying when it starts to thicken up and gel. This lemon curd recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction is the perfect balance of tart and sweet.

Easy Recipe for Vegan Lemon Curd

This recipe uses dairy free milk and some cornstarch for thickening. It’s a great option if you choose not to eat eggs and butter. This recipe from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken even has a bit of optional turmeric added for extra yellow color.

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Can You Buy Lemon Curd in the Store?

Definitely! Seems you can get just about anything you want if you live near a specialty grocery store or you take advantage of internet shopping! I prefer to make own, but there are so many varieties it’s easy to find ready-made lemon curd online.

Tiptree Lemon Curd, 11 Ounce Jar (312g)

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