lemon curd

Ideal for spreading over toast or filling cakes, tangy lemon curd isn’t as hard to make at home as you might think – give it a go!
Makes: 3 small jars
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Costs: Mid-price




    • 125g (4oz) butter


    • 175g (6oz) caster sugar


    • Finely grated rind and juice (150ml/1⁄4 pint) of 2 large lemons


    • 2 medium eggs, roughly beaten






    1. Put the butter, sugar, lemon rind and strained juice in the top of a double saucepan over simmering water, or in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, but not boiling, then stir about half a cupful of this on to the beaten eggs.


    1. Pour the egg mixture into the buttery mixture and stir continually over the heat for 6-8 minutes, or until it thickens. It should coat the back of a wooden spoon.


    1. Pour the lemon curd into small, sterilised jars. Seal, label and store in a cool place.



Nutritional information per portion



fat 1.0g saturates 1.0g calories 27(kcal)


This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.