Over the years, I have experimented with making various lemon curd recipes. I have always loved the smooth, creamy consistency and bright, lemony flavor of lemon curd; however, lemon curd is often a bit of a commitment because you have to cook it for awhile....and I'm not as much of a fan stirring over a hot stovetop, especially in summer! What a cooking conundrum. A few years ago, inspiration struck: what if I used some of the methodology from making key lime filling (and an ingredient) with a lemon curd recipe. After much experimentation (and several large containers of lemon curd that were donated to friends), I give you my own version of lemon curd with a twist! This is now one of my go-to recipes for fancy brunch, birthdays, and baby or bridal showers - hope you enjoy!
Ingredients: Lemon Curd Filling
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 2/3 cups lemon juice
- 4 large eggs (room temperature); you will use two eggs whole and two yolks
- 6 Tbsp (3 ounces) unsalted butter
Ingredients: No Bake Crust
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp dark brown sugar, packed
- 5 Tbsp + 1 tsp salted butter, melted
A Note on LemonsVarious sizes and types of lemons will yield different amounts of zest and juice. Having made this recipe many times, I find that I use 2 large or 4 medium lemons to yield about 1/3 c lemon juice – so I buy ready-made lemon juice to make up the difference. I have also found that Meyer lemons yield more zest…so I only need the zest of 1 Meyer lemon to obtain 1 tsp of zest, whereas when I use other lemons, I need two to get enough zest! So…my advice would be to always have an extra lemon or two on hand when planning on making lemon curd!
A Note on Edible Flowers
Using edible flowers is a fun and simple way to add some enchantment to your dishes! While chamomile flowers and leaves are edible, make sure you check your source for these beauties…the best way to buy them is from a source that sells edible flowers or from a farmer’s market so you can ensure they are not grown with pesticides!