When lemons are plentiful it's time to make Lemon Curd, and maybe Mini Lemon Curd Tarts!
Who doesn't love lemon curd? It's one of those pricey gourmet items few can afford to buy on a regular basis. I have an easy and fool proof recipe to share with you that's so much better than store bought!
4 Simple ingredients for Lemon Curd.
The secret to a-mazing Lemon Curd is giving this recipe your undivided attention for 5 whole minutes! I know you can do it! So here goes!
MICROWAVE LEMON CURDINGREDIENTS 2-3 thoroughly washed lemons1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar (I use cane). 2 eggs1/4 cup butter = 4 tablespoons
- Finely grate the zest of 2 lemons ( the thin yellow part, not the white).
- Juice lemons to equal 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
- To a 4-cup microwaveable bowl add: Lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and butter.
- Place bowl in microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes of until butter is melted and mixture is hot.
- Beat eggs with wire whisk in a bowl (I used a 2-cup glass measuring cup).
- Drizzle hot lemon mixture into beaten eggs, whisking constantly!
- Return mixture to 4-cup microwaveable bowl.
- Microwave , uncovered on MEDIUM (50% power) for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Stop microwave every 30 seconds to stir and check for thickening. (the underlined is critical to your success!). Mixture will thicken as it cools in the refrigerator.
- Pour into container with tight cover, and date. I use permanent marker on a piece of cellophane tape.
- Lemon curd may be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks or kept in the freezer for several months.
- Makes 1 2/3 cups.
Variation: TANGERINE CURD
Zest of 2 large tangerines, don't use a micro plane, you'll want the zest a little larger when zesting tangerines.
Juice from tangerines 1/4 cup (2 ounces) and juice from 1-2 lemons 1/4 cup (2 ounces).
Use Lemon Curd for mini tarts, a great dipper for blueberry scones, filling for mini cream puffs, as a spread on biscuits, or toast . . . YUM!
If life hands you lemons, make Lemon Curd! Our lemon and tangerine trees are loaded with tasty fruit. I can't think of a better way to preserve their great favors then by cooking up several batches of Lemon and Tangerine Curd . . . Over at Julie's!!!
The perfect ending to an Easter lunch, Mini Lemon Tarts!