Meyer Lemon Curd

30 April 2012

Meyer Lemon Curd

The Meyer Lemon season is coming to a screeching end. Traditionally, the season lasts from December through April, although I expect that will depend on a number of environmental factors. We enjoyed the abundance of our tree this season and hopefully with some TLC on our part, our happy tree will bear fruit for us again at the end of the year.

So with our last fruits from our garden fruit tree, I’m sharing some last minute Meyer Lemon recipes. I’ve been tweaking this curd. Meyers aren’t quite as tart as other commercial varieties, so I wanted to make sure that there was both that undeniable Meyer sweetness, but still some “tanginess” to this curd as well. Used a combination of two varieties of lemons, mostly Meyers and one store-bought (I think the other variety is a Eureka).

I’m really happy with the results. Tomorrow’s post will feature a dessert using this Meyer Lemon Curd. This sweet N tangy curd will be the star of the dessert’s show!

Teenie Notes

  • Prepare up to a day ahead to allow time for the curd to chill and further thicken.
  • You can substitute the traditional/commercial type lemon for a Meyers. The additional other variety was used in this recipe to add some tanginess to the curd.
  • Be sure to pick lemons that feel juicy.
  • After zesting, but before cutting the lemons to juice, place the lemon under the palm of your hand and firmly rub it on your kitchen counter to assist in breaking it down for juicing.
  • When adding the melted butter, take care that the butter is NOT hot when added to the mixture.  You don’t want to introduce hot butter to the mixture and have it start cooking the eggs.
  • Serve alongside a pound cake, a dollop on a dessert or spread on your favorite morning or tea bread.
  • Note: All the lemons I used were really juicy so my curd batches enjoyed a lot of juice. Try to pick lemons with a lot of juice if you can. Add a lemon or two if your lemons don’t yield a lot of liquid.
  • Your yield may vary depending on the amount of juice you squeeze from those lemons.
Meyer Lemon Curd
source Cristina from Teenie Cakes

Makes about 18 ounces

Ingredients

3 medium-to-large size Meyer Lemons, zested, juiced and strained
1 medium-sized Lemon (any tart commercial variety, like Eureka), zested, juiced and strained
1 cup granulated sugar

4 eggs
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted (but not hot)

Directions

In a food processor, add lemon zest and sugar. Pulse until well combined. Add lemon juices and eggs and pulse process until smooth. Add the melted butter in 2-3 batches to the mixture, pulse processing.

Transfer the mixture to the top of a prepared double boiler and cook over simmering water for about 10-15 minutes, gently stirring with a wooden spoon. Continue simmering and stirring until the mixture has thickened and the sugar is completely dissolved.

Let the mixture completely cool. If using within a day, transfer mixture to a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate. If not using within the day, transfer mixture to a canning jar with lid OR container with a tight lid and refrigerate.

Meyer Lemon curd will keep in a sealed container or jar for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Meyer Lemon Curd

Enjoy! Tomorrow’s treats will be tasty with this curd.

 

by Cristina A-Moore

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Nami | Just One Cookbook May 3, 2012

I love lemon curd and it’s quite dangerous around me, but when it’s Meyer lemon curd…. oh boy… I shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the same room! You might find me digging in the jar. =D Beautiful recipe – definitely want to try your version!

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Tiffany May 3, 2012

Creamy and tart! The perfect combo…

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Beth Michelle May 2, 2012

I love Meyer lemons! This curd looks amazing. Wish I had a few jars of it for myself!

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Priscilla M May 1, 2012

I’m so making this! I have meyer lemon in the fridge that need to be used and this recipe nailed it. Thanks for sharing :)

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Vicki @ WITK May 1, 2012

I’m so jealous that you have a lemon tree in your backyard! (I’m actually also jealous you have a backyard :) ) Beautiful looking curd, I would totally eat it with a spoon.

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Samantha May 1, 2012

I could just dig that spoon right into that jar of lemon curd and eat the whole thing like it was a yogurt or pudding. LOVE lemon curd!! So many things to add it too as a compliment condiment!

I think I could make this.

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Mindy May 1, 2012

Lemon curd is so versatile. Love it as cake fillings, spread for muffins, in thumbprint cookies, on pancakes, by the spoonful (ahem..)

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Cristina May 1, 2012

Oh!! On pancakes sounds perfect, Mindy. It would be a treat in some ebelskivers too!

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Tess Gardner April 30, 2012

oh this sounds so delicious!!! and your photos are STUNNING!!! Glad I stopped by – have a great week!!! =))

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Cristina May 1, 2012

LOL! Thank you, Tess. I’m glad you stopped by too…have a fantastic week yourself. Should be some better weather for our first week of May. :)

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Susan April 30, 2012

Wow, Christina! This looks amazing – I can’t wait to see what you create with it.

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Cristina May 1, 2012

Good Morning and thank you, Susan. Can’t wait to share what’s next with this lemon curd! ;)

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