自制柠檬凝乳可以是一个复杂的过程。不是这种微波柠檬酱！It’s silky smooth, bursting with bright lemon flavor and color and comes together in minutes!
Lemon curd? Ridiculously easy? No way! I know, I know, making lemon curd can be a bit of a pain. Some recipes involve a double boiler, some careful watching, stirring and standing over the stovetop. This microwave lemon curd? Not so much! It comes together in about 10 minutes and much of that time is hands-off cooking in the microwave.
Don’t believe me? I wouldn’t have believed making lemon curd could be easy either, but the first time I tried it, I was totally sold. These are the simple steps:
- Combine fresh lemon juice with sugar, eggs and egg yolks.
- Stir until everything’s smooth and a sunshiny yellow.
- Add the butter.
- Microwave in 45-second increments, whisking in between. It will take 4-6 45-second microwave stints/stirs till the mixture turns to a thickened, glossy curd.
See what I mean? Easy!
Every now and then I come across (or come up with) a recipe that’s is so good and so easy it just has to be designated as part of our Ridiculously Easy Series (you can see many of these recipes in the thumbnails above this post). Ridiculously Easy recipes here at The Café are super popular with our readers because they are simply so easy that it’s almost, well… ridiculous! But that’s not the only criteria for ridiculously easy recipes. For those of you who are new to The Café, there is a list of attributes a recipe must have to be deemed “Ridiculously Easy”:
- It’s also one that produces fabulous, super delicious results, ie, results that “appear” to have taken lots of time, talent, prowess and/or hard work.
- Ridiculously easy recipes have to work well on those busy days when time is short and expectations are high.
- Bottom line? They’re super simple, something anyone can do. (Shhhh! We’ll keep that part our secret.)
- 将其涂抹在烤面包，英式松饼或这些美妙homemade biscuits.
- A spoonful would be fabulous on theseRidiculously Easy Sugar Top Scones.
- Fill homemade or store-bought crepes with lemon curd and topped with fresh berries and覆盆子库里斯
- Use lemon curd as a cake filling
- Lemon curd is a delicious filling for Pavlova or meringues.
- Combine whipped cream and lemon curd for a light, delicious lemon mousse.
- Pour it into small jars tied with a pretty label and give a jar as a gift. (If you’d like a PDF for the labels, just leave a comment below the post.)
- Serve it with fresh fruit for breakfast or brunch. I like to serve it in a pretty bowl next to the fruit. It’s fun to add a small bowl of poppy seeds too for a fun and gourmet touch.
So, you know how they say “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade? I say, make lemon curd! Even if life doesn’t shower lemons on you, be sure to pick some up at the store. You probably have everything else you need for this simple, elegant recipe. And if you make a batch today, you’ll be all ready for our fabulous Lemon Curd Shortbread Tart (below) which we’ll be sharing tomorrow. It might not look like it, but this is another super easy recipe you’ll be making again and again!
Café Tips for making this Easy Microwave Lemon Curd
- This recipe calls for lemon zest. The “zest” is just the yellow part of the peel. The white part (the pith) is bitter. To easily zest a lemon (or other citrus fruits) use amicroplane-style zester. These are wonderful little tools to have in the kitchen as they also work for parmesan cheese, ginger, garlic, etc. Just a note, these zesters do get dull and need to be replaced after a couple of years.
- If you notice any small lumps in your finished lemon curd, you may have overcooked it. Simply push it through a fine-mesh strainer and it will be silky smooth.
- You’ll be using a total of 5 eggs for this recipe, 3 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks. The extra egg yolks makes the curd a little thicker. Reserve the 2 egg whites for another use (like an egg-white omelet or somedelicious meringues)
- This delicious lemon curd makes a nice gift. I like to pour it into pretty jars like these Weck jars and add a little label. If you’d like the PDF for these Homemade Lemon Curd labels just leave a comment below and I’ll email it to you. Receiving a jar of homemade lemon curd is like receiving a jar of sunshine!
- You can also freeze lemon curd. Freeze in freezer storage containers leaving ½-inch headspace to allow for expansion. I’ve never kept lemon curd this long but theNational Center for Home Food Preservationsays that “Prepared lemon curd can be frozen for up to 1 year without quality changes when thawed.”
- finely grated zest from 2 lemons
- ½cuplemon juice
- 2蛋黄reserve the whites for another use or discard
- 4GydF4y2Baouncessalted butter（1个棍子）切成立方体
Continue to cook 45-second intervals, stirring after each interval. It will take 4-7 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. Lemon curd is done cooking when it coats the back of a metal spoon. You can also check it with an instant thermometer. It’s done when it reaches 175˚F.
See Café Tips above for further instructions and more detailed tips.
If using unsalted butter add a pinch (about 1/8 teaspoon of salt).
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