06 November 2008

Lemon Curd with Nutmeg



















I have been wanting to make curd for a while now, but just never got around to it. Then I saw a microwave recipe that included nutmeg and I thought, that is the one for me. I have adjusted the quantities and passed on making it in the microwave,
which is just not for me at all. My microwave is probably way under used. It heats beans and soup and occasionally bakes a potato, but that is about it. So, anyway here is the recipe. I hope you give it a try.

Lemon Curd with Nutmeg

1½ cups caster sugar
finely grated peel of 4 lemons
juice of 4 lemons
100g butter, diced
4 large eggs
1 fresh nutmeg


Place the sugar, peel and juice in a pan and heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the butter and stir until the butter has melted.

In a bowl, whisk up the eggs and then gradually beat the eggs into the lemon mixture. Whisk the mixture until it thickens. It will be ready when the curd is thick and glossy, this takes about 30 minutes. Towards the end of cooking, finely grate some fresh nutmeg into the curd. Taste the curd to judge how much you want to add.

Sieve the mixture into a 1lb sterilised jam jar. Yes, this is all it makes, but it is deliciously unctuous!

This will keep in the fridge for up to six weeks.





















29 comments:

  1. First time here, nice pics and recipes. Loving the moist bread recipe loaded with raisins.

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  2. Thank you Anudivya! Nice to meet you :)

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  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I have been in love with pictures of lemon curd for months and I still have to push myself to make it too! Such a bum I am! hehehe. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  4. Really now...all this with the microwave? This could satiate my smooth tooth of late.

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  5. Ooh, I love me some lemon curd. I'll have to try the kick of nutmeg sometime :) 30 minutes sounds longer than I've ever done it-- I think a temperature of 180°F (around 10 minutes) is sufficient for a very thick curd that will thicken some more as it cools and goes in the fridge.

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  6. How do you make it in the microwave?? I love lemon curd although Ive only successfully made passionfruit curd (it took ages), but I may have another go after seeing yours

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  7. Hope you try it Eunice :)

    I didn't make mine in the microwave Peter, but I do have a recipe for one to make in the microwave, if anyone wants it.

    You could be right Manggy, because I basically made this up as I went on, although it came out fantastically smmoth and thick once it was cooled! I wasn't sure how much it would thicken up as it set. I think the trick is just to judge it yourself as you are cooking it :)

    Hi FlowerIf I can find an email for you, I will send you the microwave recipe.

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  8. I linked over from Burp! and am so glad I did!

    I haven't made lemon curd for years, I think because I never knew how long it would store in the fridge. Time to make another batch, I think!

    I'll be back!

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  9. Oh, YUM!! I adore lemon curd, and yours is absolutely beautiful... I am in awe...

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  10. This looks so delicious. Do you eat it like a dessert, or is it more like a topping or dip?

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  11. Beautiful curd, Holler! I'm a huge fan. Bet I could eat the whole jar of this...

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  12. You know, I've never had lemon curd.

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  13. I've got a bunch of lemon on my hand and was just thinking about making curd. Never heard of it with a microwave!

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  14. In the ...microwave. Interesting! I've never successfully made lemon curd (and I think I've had a smidgen of a spoonful only once) because of the eggs, and I thought it would smell eggy. But everyone is always so enthused about it, so it must be good. Shall have to try it.

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  15. I love lemon curd. My Nana used to make a fantastic one. I must try and get my hands on the recipe. This looks fab

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  16. i make lemon curd a lot and we love it here at home. this looks delicious - thanks for an interesting new recipe!

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  17. Haven't had lemon curd in AGES. The HH loves it, so I really should give this a try!

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  18. I love lemon curd with strawberries and a shortcake.

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  19. Maybe we'd just leave out the eggs... and maybe add some cardamom!

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  20. Lemon curd in the microwave? It sounds easier than standing in front of the stove until it all thickens up. It looks delicious too.

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  21. Adore lemon curd but have never made it with nutmeg before. Will have to try that some time.

    I don't have a microwave, much to the disbelief of my friends and family. Don't know whether they are more shocked by that or by the fact that D doesn't have a mobile phone. :)

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  22. This looks delicious. I'm going to ask a stupid question : what do we eat lemon curd with? Do we spread it like jam on bread ? I never had lemon curd before.

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  23. I know what you mean about not using the microwave enough. When my last one gave up the ghost, I decided that I'd rather get rid of what was no more than a kitchen ornament and put something useful in the space. That was about 6 years ago, and, apart from one occasion when I had to ask a neighbour to use her's (and it had nothing to do with food), I've not missed it at all.

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  24. The nutmeg sounds like an interesting addition to the lemon curd!

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  25. Hi Jinx, nice to meet you :)

    Thanks Astra :)

    Hey Muse, it is good on spread in between layers of cakes, on scones, toast, rice cakes & oatcakes. With ice cream too!

    Hi Lo, a woman after my own heart! There is not much left!

    You should try it Cynthia!

    It's very much a personal thing Mike, but I prefer to make it in a pan on the cooker top.

    It is a shame that eggs don't agree with you Tadmack, for I think you would like this :)

    Thanks Beth :)

    What do you eat it with Arundathi ?

    It is lovely Ricki! It feels like you are giving yourself a treat.

    Lemon curd, strawberries and shortcake. What a fabulous combination Val :)

    I would like to know how that goes Davimack :)

    Nah! It is much more interesting to whisk it Alexa.You feel more like yoou ae creating something :)

    Hi Wendy, I am more shocked by the lack of mobile! I think I could live without my microwave quite easily, but not my phone!

    Hi Ninja, in place of jam or any sweet topping really, although it is quite tart too!

    Hi Lynn, it certainly takes up too much counter space in the kitchen!

    The nutmeg tastes beautiful against the lemon Silvie :)

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  26. Lovely colour to your curd. When I made lemon curd I couldn't believe how easy it was and wondered why people buy it ready made.

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  27. I adore lemon curd and can literally eat it straight from the jar. This is a really interesting version with nutmeg - I'd never havet thought about the combination but it sounds really rather good! Great idea.

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  28. This looks lovely! And the plate is adorable. I made lemon curd in the summer, but could not eat more than a few spoonfulls :(

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  29. It is so easy to make CC and very relaxing.

    The nutmeg is good in it Antonia, but not overpowering.

    Hi Olga, I quite like to take a little tub of it to work to have on oatcakes. I am thinking of trying it spread on a cake too.

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