Granny’s Quick Lemon Curd

Homemade, preserve, citrus, easy, fast, simpleI don’t know why I’d never made Lemon Curd before as my grandmother used to make it quite often and there was often a pot of shop bought lemon curd at home as my father was quite partial to it. The stuff you buy in a supermarket though has no real bearing on homemade and it is wonderful in cakes or just spread on bread etc. I’d had a recipe card for Lemon Curd sitting in my index box for over 20 years. The recipe was in my sister’s handwriting but with the addition of 2 words “plus zest” in my grandmother’s handwriting so I knew it was her recipe. The instructions were a little scant so I set about putting some flesh on the bones of the recipe. I was a little unsure of granny’s method of putting everything in a pan and not using a bowl over simmering water but I needn’t have worried, the recipe worked perfectly and was so quick and so delicious.

My Granny’s Quick Lemon Curd is not stiff and waxy like its manufactured cousin but has a lovely softness to it, a consistency which I far prefer. The intense lemon flavour is such a joy too, it positively dances on your tongue as you eat it. I am now kicking myself that I didn’t make this recipe sooner as I really feel I’ve been missing out over the years. But now I’ve found it, it will be made again and again. We enjoyed Granny’s Quick Lemon Curd on some homemade Lemon & Raisin Scotch Pancakes to begin with which was a match made in heaven!

American Style Pancakes, Canadian Pancakes, small pancakes, griddle pancakes

Home made lemon curd really hits the spot!

Do you have a recipe that you’ve put off making for far too long? Do tell me in the comments below – I have a long list of them which I’m slowly working through!

As this recipe is made from scratch I am entering it into Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays challenge. I’m also entering Tea Time Treats where the theme is preserves this month hosted by Karen at Lavender & Lovage and alternately with Jane at The Hedge Combers. As there’s a new challenge in town called Inheritance Recipes run by Coffee & Vanilla and Pebble Soup I am now entering this too:-)

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Granny's Quick Lemon Curd
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A beautifully intense flavoured Lemon Curd which is ridiculously quick and easy to make!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 2 jars
  • 200g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Unwaxed lemons, finely zested and juiced
  • 55g Unsalted butter, cut into large cubes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  1. Put the sugar, lemon juice, zest and butter in a pan and melt on a low heat.
  2. Whisk in the beaten egg (on a medium heat) and keep whisking until boiling.
  3. Whisk for another minute (the mixture will thicken).
  4. Pour immediately into warm sterilized jars.
  5. Makes 2 x 250 ml jars + a little for tasting!
  6. Will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.

Homemade, preserve, citrus, easy, fast, simple

In no time at all you have luscious Lemon Curd!

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  1. Margaret gallagher

    Always looking for tasty lemon treats
    This sounds delicious I’ll definately be adding lots of zest

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margaret, it’s a real winner of a curd:-)

  2. Christine

    We have surplus lemons most of the year I have a fail safe 3min recipe cooked in the microwave.

    1. Camilla

      This is fail safe too, even got my macaron tutor to make it in a class once when she was fussing over not having a double boiler:-)

  3. coppelia100

    Thank you so much for this recipe! Lemon Curd always reminds me of my childhood and my gran, who always use to make fresh lemon curd. I would love eating it on toast and in sandwiches. I wil definitely be making this over the summer!

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Coppelia, so glad to bring back happy memories for you:-)

  4. Fiona jk42

    I am definitely going to try this recipe as I love lemon curd, but have never tried homemade because I always thought it was too much of a faff.

    1. Camilla

      Great Fiona, do let me know what you think:-)

  5. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    Lovely, thank you for entering to our Inheritance Recipes link up.

    1. Camilla

      A pleasure Margot, got there in the end;-)

  6. Maya Russell

    Lemon curd is something I remember from my childhood and would love to try and make it one day. Super recipe.

    1. Camilla

      It’s so quick and easy to make Maya:-)

  7. Laura

    I love lemon curd and this looks easy peasy. I’ll have to give it a go. It probably tastes a million times better than shop bought too. xxx

    1. Camilla

      Oh it tastes divine:-)

  8. Paul Wilson

    Homemade lemon curd is delicious.

    1. Camilla

      You’re not wrong there Paul:-)

  9. Natally

    Looks so easy!

    1. Camilla

      It really is:-)

  10. Jane Davies

    I’m not too keen on Lemon curd but I always buy it when a friend of mine comes for a visit from Ireland, she eats it every morning on her crumpets, maybe next time I’ll make it instead of buy it ! x

    1. Camilla

      Oh I think she’d be over the moon if you did as it’s so much nice and if there’s any left after she’s gone put it in some cupcakes:-)

  11. kayleigh white

    I absolutely love lemon curd – especially in sandwiches!

  12. Amber Gladden

    Mmmm haven’t had Lemon Curd in ages but looks very appealing 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it’s totally lush:-)

  13. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    Looks amazing Camilla! I have only discovered lemon curd when I came to UK, bough it by mistake once thinking it was set honey, he he…

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot, well that was a happy accident:-)

  14. Rosemary Rowe

    Gotta try this! I LOVE lemon curd – homemade, that is!

    1. Camilla

      Oh yes do, you won’t be disappointed:-)

  15. Lin Young

    making this today

  16. Maddy

    LOL, My Granny hated lemon curd!

    1. Camilla

      My mother isn’t keen LOL!

  17. William Gould

    Love lemon curd, especially in tarts! Never realised it was so simple to make!

  18. Abigail Cullen

    Love, lemon curd, great recipe!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, I really need to make some more as it’s so useful:-)

  19. Ann Robinson

    Lemon Curd is something that you don’t think of that often but you forget how good it can taste especially when it’s homemade

  20. Irene Wright

    Lemon curd always reminds me of my Mums cooking – she loved this and made it regularly when the lemons were in excess

    1. Camilla

      It reminds me of my dad who liked it and my granny who made it, mum didnt like it or make it LOL:-)

  21. Carolyn Clapham

    I’m really tempted to try making this with blackberries now, while there are still some nice ones around (cooked and sieved first).

    1. Camilla

      Ooh, do let me know how you get on!

      1. Carolyn Clapham

        The results of my blackberry experiment were interesting – not quite what I had been expecting.

        The first flavour that hits your taste buds is custard, followed then by the blackberry, but unfortunately not as strong as I was hoping for. It needs something to either strengthen or at least complement the flavour. I did add the juice half a lemon to the blackberry juice, and I’m glad that I did. Without it, I think that maybe it would have been too bland.

        All that said, it is quite pleasant, and will definitely get eaten.

        1. Camilla

          People make something calle “Fruit Cheese” so maybe blackberries are better suited to something like that. It’s not an area I’ve looked into yet!

  22. Kat Tew

    Lemons being added to my shopping list now 🙂

  23. Prettyplease26

    Yummy, I’m going to need to try this 🙂

  24. Paul Wilson

    I love Lemon Curd – so simple too.

  25. Carolyn Clapham

    I made another batch (double quantities) of this yesterday. Delicious! If possible, even better then the first batch. That might be because I used more lemon juice. The lemons I was using were very small, so I used nearly twice as many as the recipe said. I was aiming for 250ml of juice for my double batch, but ended up with a little more. I was worried it would be too runny, but its just ok and tastes sooooo nice!

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, that’s good to know:-) I really need to make some for my dad! #pangsofguilt

  26. Carolyn Clapham

    The first batch of this that I made was so delicious that it didn’t last two minutes, so I’ll have to make some more later 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I really need to make some for my dad!

  27. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    Sounds simple and delicious!

    I am so pleased to have found your easy-to-use recipie!!

    1. Camilla


  28. June Etherington

    I have tried this & the taste is so different to the shop bought ones. I’ve even got 2 of my grandchildren liking it. Look like I’ll have to make a few more jars. Thank you.

    1. Camilla

      So glad you’re enjoying it June:-)

  29. Herbert Appleby

    What a find!! – I adore lemon curd and sounds easier than making custard. How about caramelizing the zest before adding all the juice and butter etc. ? Would it work..mmmm maybe a pot of each if I get a chance

    1. Camilla

      Personally I wouldn’t do that but if you fancy that then who am I to say no?!

  30. Hazel Rea

    My mum used to make lemon curd quite often when I was a child. I loved the smell in the kitchen and you are absolutely right that the texture and taste of homemade lemon curd is light years away from the bought versions.

    1. Camilla


  31. Cath

    Many thanks for this recipe. I can’t however find a 175ml jar and just wondered where you purchased yours

    1. Camilla

      Sorry I put 175mls of lemon curd in the jar so that’s what I called it. It’s just a standard size and will fit 200mls so I see this is a size that is sold everywhere. One of my jars was recycled from some chutney I bought on sale and the other is a Kilner my mother in law bought me.

  32. Deena Kakaya

    Camilla, that looks utterly perfect! I’m imaging the aroma and the thick, zingy and sweet texture…mmmm.., x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Deena – it is soo good:-)

  33. jackie chapman

    Lemon curd is a favourite of mine but I have never attempted to make it myself. After seeing this recipe I’m wondering why not, it looks very simple! I will definitely give it a try.

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, do let me know what you think:-)

  34. Jane Willis

    I don’t cook sweet things any more but OH has been muttering a bout missing lemon curd so I think I’ll whip up a batch of it to treat him

    1. Camilla

      Aah, that’s true love:-)

  35. Tracy Nixon

    I love lemon curd but have always bought it! It was my pregnancy craving with my girls so went through jar fulls !!!!

    1. Camilla

      Oh you just have to make some then, a big difference:-)

  36. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    This is so lush! I always love lemon curd but is to scared to make one. Thanks for sharing your recipe =) #MBPW

    1. Camilla

      Hope you give it a go:-)

  37. Caroline Taylor

    I love that you found it, made it and then worried what all the fuss was about! I do that all the time; panna cotta I put off for ages and that was fine. I am still putting off making my own stock; I just don’t think I can be bothered!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Caroline, I have made my own stock on a few occassions and I think the best one is gammon but I’d avoid turkey if you ever get round to it:-)

  38. Gill Osborne

    Just made this but substituted oranges instead. I added an extra egg as I figured I had much more juice from the oranges. Tastes scrummy, thank you!

    Thinking about also trying orange and passionfruit as I have 3 passionfruit lurking in the bottom of the fridge, will let you know!

    1. Camilla

      So glad you enjoyed it, I’ll have to try some other fruits too – if I see another bag of Blood Oranges will try those next:-)

  39. Michelle Kinsey

    Thank you ever so much for this recipe! I’ve made a ‘slimming world’ version before using lemon juice, zest and eggs but never the ‘proper’ stuff. I guess it’s time to do that though as I absolutely love lemon curd on toast 🙂 Yum x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, go on treat yourself:-)

  40. Carolyn Clapham

    I can now confirm that the recipe works perfectly with fruit out of the freezer, either lemons or limes )))

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, I shall keep an eye out for cheap citrus fruits now:-)

  41. Carolyn Clapham

    One (large) jar of lemon curd now cooling. At the point of going into the jar, it tastes absolutely delicious!!!

    I have a couple of questions, if you don’t mind:

    1. In step 3, you say “Whisk for another minute (the mixture will thicken.”
    Should it be on or off the heat for this whisking?

    2. I’m too impatient to wait to discover this answer for myself: does it thicken up any more in the jar as it cools?
    I’m guessing that it does because the little bit left over does seem to have got a little thicker in the 10 minutes it’s been standing. It won’t be there much longer though because I can’t resist it x

    Right. In a moment I am going to try making Lime Curd by the same method. If it tastes half as good as the lemon it is a real winner 🙂

    1. Camilla

      I whisked mine over the heat but as long as it has reached boiling point that’s the main thing and yes it does thicken further on cooling:-) We ate some of ours before it had set but after storing in the fridge it does firm up.

      So glad you’re enjoying this recipe:-)

  42. Karen

    JUST a FAB recipe and entry for tea time treats thanks Camilla and aren’t the best recipes family recipes? LOVE this and such GORGEOUS photos too!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Karen and for squeezing in my entry, wasn’t sure I was going to make it LOL!

  43. Maya Russell

    Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Thanks for this quick recipe.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Maya, enjoy:-)

  44. Javelin Warrior

    I could seriously eat this curd right out the jar, Camilla. I’ve made lemon curd once and it’s so luscious… And as the butter thickens the curd, it’s almost impossible not to start eating right from the pan… Forget the store-bought bottled stuff – give me this!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, I must make some more soon as it’s so tasty and versatile:-)

  45. Nicola

    Lemon curd is my favourite, I absolutely love it. Has to be home made though – shop bought just isn’t the same!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly which is why I’ve never bought Lemon Curd in all these years;-)

  46. Heather Haigh

    I’ve never made curd but I am going to have a go now. Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      Great Heather, do let me know what you think:-)

  47. Carolyn Clapham

    As soon as I can get to the shops for some butter, I’m on to it! My mouth is watering at the thought!
    I might experiment though – I have a lot of lemons in the freezer (along with Seville oranges and limes, all bough while cheap, for making marmalade), so I might try using some of those. The difficult bit might be grating off the zest, but if I do it while the lemons are still half-frozen, it might be ok. I’ll see how it goes.

    Come to think of it, if it works with the lemons, I might go on to try some lime curd too.

    I’ll keep you posted 🙂

    Right. I’ve just got the littlies off to sleep so now I’m going to make some red- and blackcurrant cordial while they are asleep. I have a freezer full of last year’s berries that need using now before this years are ready. Waste not want not!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never tried freezing a citrus fruit but do grate frozen ginger straight from the freezer so imagine it would work really well with zest too! Do let me know how you get on as I’d like to know if frozen is the way to go:-)

      1. Carolyn Clapham

        I’ve frozen citrus fruits for the first time this year.
        I wanted to make marmalade for the first time in years and noticed when searching for recipes that a lot of people were using frozen fruit. Seville oranges, limes and lemons were only £1 for a big bowlful on the market back in Feb/March, so I bought lots for the freezer. I made a batch of orange marmalade with fresh oranges, but have since made a lemon and lime marmalade with frozen fruits and that worked perfectly. I’ll soon be doing more orange, this time with the frozen Sevilles, so it will be interesting to see if there is a noticeable difference in flavour.

  48. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    Fabulous colour! I love Lemon Curd, but have never made it – yest! Thanks…

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – I hope I’ve inspired you to make some too:-)

      1. Keep Calm and Fanny On

        You have, and it’s fabulous, thanks so much!m

        1. Camilla

          Brilliant, so glad you enjoyed it:-)

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