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Microwave Lemon Curd

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I am a lemon fan if you haven’t learned by now.  I have always wanted to try making lemon curd.  Most recipes I have seen require egg yolks and usually a lot of them. I just haven’t made it yet because then I need to figure out what to do with the whites and I am not a fan of meringue or egg white omelets.  So when I discovered this microwave lemon curd recipe that called for whole eggs, it was time for me to break down and try it.  Egg whites wouldn’t be a problem and , HELLO!, it’s made in the microwave!

I know what you are thinking now, so what to do with this lemon curd once you make it?    Well, as you can see in the picture I put some in little shortbread crust to make tiny tarts.  Wouldn’t they perfect for a tea party!  I found these right near the pie filling at my Smith’s (owned by Kroger).  It was their own Private Selections brand.

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Lemon curd is also excellent as a filling in layered cakes or cupcakes.  You can also use it in a trifle or parfait.  My friend Katie from Good Life Eats did a post a little bit ago with 15 ways to use curd.  You can check out her post for more inspiration.  I also discovered this recipe today for a fruit tart using lemon curd.  Plus, I will be back Monday with a recipe using this lemon curd and it is just perfect for Summer!

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Microwave Lemon Curd

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Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 2 lemons can use less or none if desired
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted

Instructions
 

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. This took me a total of 4 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave cool for 1 hour. Store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator in a sealed container.  It will thicken a little more once it has been refrigerated.
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Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

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  3. I LOVE lemon curd, but I’ve never made it because it seems like such a laborious task! This microwave version seems awesome! I was wondering, though, do you think Splenda would work with this recipe too?

  4. I LOVE lemon curd, but I’ve never made it because it seems like such a laborious task! This microwave version seems awesome! I was wondering, though, do you think Splenda would work with this recipe too?

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  9. Can this be canned? Like jelly? or does it have to be refrigerated and used immediatly. This would make great gifts.

  10. Can this be canned? Like jelly? or does it have to be refrigerated and used immediatly. This would make great gifts.

  11. I did not believe it was possible.Excellent recipe.I am throwing away my double boiler.
    Thanks

  12. I did not believe it was possible.Excellent recipe.I am throwing away my double boiler.
    Thanks

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  15. Hi Laura,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I would love for you to share my t-shirt makeover. Also, your blog is so cute. Your recipes look delicious!

  16. Hi Laura,
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I would love for you to share my t-shirt makeover. Also, your blog is so cute. Your recipes look delicious!

  17. Hi Laura! I tried lemon curd (store-bought) last week for the first time and loved it!! I just spread a little on Nilla Wafers and it was so good! I can’t wait to try your recipe.
    I just love your blog! It’s one of my faves and I check it every day! 🙂
    Kathie

  18. Hi Laura! I tried lemon curd (store-bought) last week for the first time and loved it!! I just spread a little on Nilla Wafers and it was so good! I can’t wait to try your recipe.
    I just love your blog! It’s one of my faves and I check it every day! 🙂
    Kathie

  19. Oh, I am so glad that you posted this recipe. I, too, love lemon curd but don’t make it because of the yolk issue. I am going to give this a go soon. I’ll bet I is much better than the expensive lemon curd that I can find at my grocery store. I like lemon curd spread like jam on my toast. You post the best stuff and have outdone yourself this week.

  20. Oh, I am so glad that you posted this recipe. I, too, love lemon curd but don’t make it because of the yolk issue. I am going to give this a go soon. I’ll bet I is much better than the expensive lemon curd that I can find at my grocery store. I like lemon curd spread like jam on my toast. You post the best stuff and have outdone yourself this week.

  21. Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. My efforts at a more complicated version didn’t turn out very well.

  22. Thank you for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. My efforts at a more complicated version didn’t turn out very well.

  23. We use lemon curd as a filling in white cake — it’s our traditional birthday cake! When we were kids we used lemon pudding, but real lemon curd is our “adult” favorite! I might have to try this recipe. Thanks.

  24. We use lemon curd as a filling in white cake — it’s our traditional birthday cake! When we were kids we used lemon pudding, but real lemon curd is our “adult” favorite! I might have to try this recipe. Thanks.