Homemade Lemon Curd

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Lemon Curd is a slightly tart filling that's very thick, unlike pudding and used for filling cakes, cookies, tarts and so much more!

Most of us love lemon here. However, we still have chocolate lovers too! So, you can fill them with whatever you like!

I had just gone to a new kitchen store and spotted these mini tart pans.

Although I am nowhere near a pastry chef by any means, I had to go home and play right away!

I love these, they are so versatile on what you can use them for. desserts, meat fillings, salad style appetizers.

I can just come up with a ton of uses for this delicious lemony confection.

We also have an eggless lemon curd for those who can't tolerate eggs.

We love anything with lemon especially lemon meringue topped with curd, lemon tart, and lemon cake!

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for this easy recipe!

this is a dish of homemade lemon curd

Calling All Lemon Fans

If you have never tried making this simple confection of yummy lemon curd, you must try this recipe!

Seriously, even if you don't like to cook and yes I know it's easier to buy, there is nothing like this homemade version of this wonderful spread.

I can eat it just about every day from everything to toast to a pastry filling!

this is a mason jar dessert with lemon curd and crushed graham crackers in it

Homemade is so Easy!

Store-bought lemon curd doesn’t even deserve to share the same name as homemade.

This from-scratch lemon curd is deliciously tangy, creamy, and so versatile with so many uses!

You only need 5 ingredients and it comes together on the stove in 15 minutes!

Lemon curd is perfect for fillings, spreading on your favorite bread and a sweet afternoon treats on saltine crackers!

fresh lemon curd filled pastry


I love showing off with making these easy tarts.

The dough is simple, the filling is fabulous, and they impress everyone who sees them.

Perfect for elegant parties, events and just because lemon curd is so darn delicious!

What is Lemon Curd?

The best way to describe lemon curd is that it's a spreadable dessert topping.

It’s buttery and sweet has a very intense tart flavor and perfect just about on anything who loves lemon.

Lemon curd is made from ordinary pantry ingredients and made in minutes, there is nothing difficult.

Easy to store in a mason jar, and will last 10 days in the refrigerator.

If you love lemon this will be your favorite spreadable jam!

tart dough

More Lemon Recipes!

Lemon Pie
Lady Finger Lemon Dessert
Raspberry Lemon Tart
Mason Jar Lemon Dessert

this is a dish of homemade lemon curd

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Tips For Successful Lemons Curd

  • Use a heavy-based, nonreactive saucepan and thick stainless steel pan when using a double boiler
  • Stainless steel, anodized aluminum, and enamel all work well
  • DO NOT USE plain aluminum or unlined copper, they will react with the acid from the lemons, discoloring the curd and giving it a metallic flavor
  • Stir the sauce often to keep it creamy and to prevent burning
  • Stirring the mixture keeps the eggs from bonding too tightly, resulting in a creamy, not a solid lemon curd
  • Don’t let the curd boil, this will make the curd curdle, take your time, low to medium heat, and don't be impatient the curd will thicken!
  • The curd is cooked when it reaches 170 F

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Yield: 4

Homemade Lemon Curd

Homemade Lemon Curd

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 25 M
This is a homemade lemon curd to fill pastry will. This can be used as a filling for cakes, tarts and so much more all from scratch and simple pantry ingredients.


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed, seeds removed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon peel
  • 1/4 cup butter melted


How to cook Homemade Lemon Curd

  1. Using a double boiler,(and make sure it's a thick bowl your using)  place beat the eggs and sugar together add to the boiler pan. Add the lemon juice, peel, and butter. Simmer over the boiling water until thickened around 15 minutes or so. that's it!
  2. Recipe for Dough:
  3. Homemade Tart Dough
  4. Recipe Links for Fillings:
  5. Vanilla Pastry Cream
  6. Chocolate Pudding
  7. Banana Pudding
  8. Coconut Cream Pudding
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Recipes to Try:

Lemon Chicken
Lemon Ice
Lemon Pasta

this is a dish of homemade lemon curd

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. Hi Pengasuslegend, I love these little Tartlets, they are so cute.
    I love lemon curd too but this Tartlets taste good with any kind of fillings, it's so versatile.

    Your lemon curd look delicious. :)

    Have a nice day.

  2. What wonderful tartlets. I don't know which version to choose, both are greedy ^_^ Bye, have a good week

  3. lovely little tartlets. They look very pretty too. Buon lunedi cara Claudia.

  4. Lemon or Chocolate....These both look so good. Personally, I prefer lemon though. I'm also loving those little tart pans! Nice!

  5. Adorable little tarts. My favorite is the lemon curd.
    I have the same molds but can't stand cleaning them.

  6. I have a love affair going on with lemon curd. My only problem in using it is that I want to eat it straight out of the jar. :)

  7. Dear Claudia, Looks wonderful. I would like the lemon or chocolate both delicious! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  8. I love these little mini desserts. It makes you feel like you can eat more. ;)

  9. I adore tangy lemony desserts! These little tarts look awesome.

  10. Homemade lemon curd is the best!! I can't wait to use it in those little tarts!

  11. Yum! So easy to make! those tartlets look amazing, too.

  12. It has been on my to do list for ages, but never had the opportunity to make it, definitely following your recipe, Claudia! Love your recipes!! Pinning to try later!

  13. This looks fabulous! I'll be checking out your tarts too!


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