Lemon Curd Recipe

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Lemon Curd – Lemon Curd is a thick, soft and velvety cream that has a wonderful tart yet sweet citrus flavor. Serve over shortbread cookies, or use as a spread for toast or English muffins, or a filling for cakes, pies, and tarts!

A half lemon peel filled with lemon curd 

What do DA BEARS have to do with Lemon Curd? Nothing! Except for the fact that we’re going to cream those Packers and make them look like that curd when we’re done with the Cheeseheads!

The day has arrived. It’s here – Bears vs. Packers in the NFC Championship Game! It is the duos first playoff meeting since 1941! This is big! This is real big! The kind of big that is intense, exciting, heart-thumping, freakin’ cursing at the TV kind of BIG! Cheeseheads, we’re going to destroy you! (I really hope we do!)

Chicago Bears Logo 

What do you call a 400 pound Packer fan? Anorexic! 🙂 LOL!

I heard that joke when I first moved to downtown Chicago for school, back in 1997. I was just a freshman in college that had only known about, and adored, the other Futbol. I grew up in a house with soccer on TV, soccer in the yard, soccer at the playground. I could speak about the rules and plays in my sleep. But Football was something foreign… Until that October day in 1997.

As I was walking to the bus stop to get to class, I saw a few guys with Cheese tops on their heads. I had no idea what that meant. I thought they were just a bunch of obnoxious, loud-mouthed guys that were craving attention. It wasn’t until I got to class that I found out what was really going on: Bears vs. Packers that weekend at Soldier Field. Oh, Okay – tell me more! And they did. I was given the ins and outs, the highs and lows, and the wins and losses of this decades old feud. I was in! I couldn’t wait to watch.

A Chicago Bears football player and a Green Bay Packers football player in a fight 

From Wikipedia (not the best source, but they got this one right):

  • Packers 24, Bears 23 (October 12, 1997) In one of the more back-and-forth contests in the rivalry, the Bears got off to a 10–0 lead thanks in part to a rushing touchdown by Raymont Harris in the first quarter before the Packers came back to take a 14–10 halftime lead due to a rushing score by Dorsey Levens. In the third quarter, Erik Kramer ran for a three-yard touchdown to put the Bears back in front, 17–14. However, in the waning seconds of the third quarter, Brett Favre connected with Mark Chmura for a touchdown. The Packers led, 21–17, then extended their lead to 24–17. The Bears marched down the field and scored when Kramer connected with Chris Penn with less than two minutes left. In an “all-or-nothing” maneuver, the Bears went for a two-point conversion. The pass fell incomplete, essentially preserving the win for the Packers.

Argh! What a moment that last minute was. I remember it – it’s still so fresh in my mind. From there on I couldn’t even look at cheddar cheese! Even the colors yellow and green put next to each other annoyed me. I was officially a Bears Fan – and so proud of it!


Lemon Curd

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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Refrigeration Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Soft and velvety cream that has a wonderful tart yet sweet citrus flavor. Serve over shortbread cookies, or use as a spread for toast or English muffins, or a filling for cakes, pies, and tarts!
Course: Condiments
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 74


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cups of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of butter , room temperature


  • Place a heat-resistant pot or bowl over a saucepan with simmering water.
  • Put the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice in the bowl – whisk together until blended.
  • Continue to cook it, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens – this might take about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour the mixture through a strainer so to remove any lumps.
  • Cut the butter in pieces and whisk it into the mixture.
  • Add the lemon zest and whisk to combine.
  • Let it cool.
  • Cover it so that skin doesn’t form, and refrigerate for an hour.


  • Makes 1-1/4 cups
  • Keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Curd
Amount Per Serving (1 TABLESPOON)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 36mg2%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Lemon Curd

Inspired by Michael Lewicki from Verses From My Kitchen

Michael’s recipe was for curd of clementines, but after reading his blog and the recipe (oh his food is ammmmazing!) for the Clementine Curd, I could not wait to have some – cravings were at an all time high. BUT, I only had 2 more clementines sitting in my fruit bowl. I went to the pantry to see what else I could do and there were my pretty little yellow lemons staring right at me. I was so happy to see them! Thanks Michael for reminding me of this delicious and refreshing treat. Our afternoon snack was oh so yummy good – lemon curd in a crepe! MMMM!


Whisk in a bowl of homemade lemon curd 

Lemon curd in a decorative white flower shaped bowl

71 Responses
  1. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    I never watch football but I happen to be at my new bf’s house this past Sunday and we watched it (he only watches for Super Bowl thank god). The odds I would see the game you mention is amazingly slim…but sorry you lost.

    That lemon curd will put a smile back on your face.

  2. veronica

    how long do you refrigerate? and how do you eat it? can you eat it by itself? i just made it and its in the refrigerator as we speak. can’t wait to have it.

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      You can leave it in there for up to a week. You can eat it as topping, on toast, in crepes, tarts, or you can eat it on its own… Let me know if you liked it!

  3. Gabby@FoodChowDown

    Kate – congrats on making the top 9. Not knowing this, i actually just gave you a shout out on twitter. You make any newbie foodie jealous. 🙂

  4. Trish

    Wow this looks so amazing. Sorry your Bears didn’t make it but your recipe sure is a winner. Congrats on top 9! Well served. I’m drooling over the lemon curd!

  5. Julie

    Gorgeous photography. Love the colors. This is a beautiful dessert that will guests will remember. 🙂 Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Lisa @ Tarte du Jour

    Sorry about the Bears…..but go Steelers! I have a lemon tree so this looks like one to try! Thanks! It would make a nice tart filling topped with some berries or mangos.

  7. Jo

    if you can get some Meyer Lemons which are available this time of the year, make a double batch and freeze it so you can enjoy the lemon goodness for a little while longer…

  8. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Not even going to talk about the lemon curd (which looks heavenly). You know I lived in Chicago for 25 years and have been a diehard Bears fan for since I was a little girl, right? I have a birthday card framed on my wall that was signed by Mike Singletary, Emory Moorehead, Neil Anderson and Richard Dent.

    “Cutler, what the heck man?”

    Seriously! What the HECK was he thinking? That 3rd string quarterback just about got the game for us. Ok, now I have to go calm down.

    The only good thing about this is that my husband is a diehard Steelers fan. It would have been a tense Super Bowl in our house (but worth it).

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      I am still pissed at Cutler! And, if they won, it would’ve been an awesome Super Bowl party at your house!

      I’m jealous of your birthday card!
      I met Ditka at a night club about 6 years ago … yeah, he’s as cool as they come!

  9. Kim - Liv Life

    Oohh!! Love the “trash talking”! Sorry for the outcome though…
    but the Curd looks divine!! I’ve never made Lemon Curd and I really need to.
    I’m a 49er fan from waaayyy back. To age myself, my favorite player is (was…) my man, Joe Montana. Montana to Clark was music to my ears!! I even ate in the Joe Montana room at Clark’s By the Bay! Since he’s been gone I’ve become a Manning fan (Yep… I have a thing for quarterbacks!) and I guess I’ll just have to wait for the little Montana to make it to the NFL!

  10. Lori Lynn

    Sorry about the Bears 🙁
    I’m originally from Chicago, so I feel your pain.
    Congrats on Top 9 though, hope that helps, a little!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Yes, getting to Top 9 makes me feel a whole lot better about this curd that was supposed to represent a ‘creamed packer’ 🙂

  11. Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie

    Er. So sorry for the loss. :-p

    But, your lemon curd looks awesome! It looks so cute and posh in that lemon peel, what a great idea!

  12. Chef Dennis

    oh Kate
    I am so sorry about the Bears, they did give it one heck of a try, but they need a real quarterback…..I feel your pain being a Cowboy’s fan.
    Now your lemon curd would turn any frown upside down!! I love lemon curd and nothing beats homemade lemon curd!
    Congrats on the top 9 today!!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Thank you! I’m so happy I made the top 9 :).

      I felt like the Bears, and I, were in the twilight zone the first half – thank goodness they at least tried towards the end.
      They need a QB that can take the heat … seems like every time that they are under real intense amount of pressure, the Bears QB runs the other way.

  13. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Sorry about the Bears 🙁 I really have to make my own lemon curd, too. A friend gave me a bunch of Meyer Lemons so there’s no excuse. Beautiful photos!

  14. Jean

    I really need to make my own lemon curd. I’ve been seeing so many great posts on it lately, and this is no exception. I love that you served yours in the lemon cup. Brilliant!

  15. Monet

    So I know nothing about football (I think the bears might have lost?) but I do know that I LOVE lemon curd, and your batch looks AMAZING. Thank you for sharing it with me…and thank you for your kind words on my blog today. They mean so much!

  16. Melissa

    My aunt made the. best. lemon. curd. ever. when I was growing up and for some reason, I always assumed it was really hard to make. And it’s not. So I have no idea why I’ve never done it. I’m going to have to make a batch now that I’ve seen your recipe!

  17. Mary

    Kate, this is a lovely recipe. This is my first visit to your blog and I’ve been browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll definitely be back. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  18. lil @ sweetsbysillianah

    ok, you have convinced me just how easy it is to make lemon curd… i must do it soon! i love how you spooned the curd into the lemon! great job, kate!

    (not a football fan here…but sorry your team didn’t win)

  19. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Truthfully, there is nothing I dream about more than well-made lemon curd. That is a sad confession, but true. I would lick that bowl clean!

  20. Rich

    As a diehard Cowboys fan, I fell like I should tell you you have my sympathy today. The NFC Championship is a long way to make it, but hearing that the day after losing is cold comfort, I’m sure. At least you made it a game with a 3rd stringer in there.

    And this lemon curd looks delicious. I’m still chuckling at the ‘cream’ pun.

  21. briarrose

    Mmmm…lemon curd…so fresh. I love the little lemon bowl holding the curd…that was so cute.

    Such a cute post….which I read after I watched the game. 😉

  22. Claudia

    Love lemon curd – epecially on scones. What a gorgeous recipe. Plus the lemons make me feel like all spring-like and we know it’s not spring!Sorry about the Bear. MN is split – half the state rotted for the pakers because they are our neighbors and half the state hates the Packers because they are our rivals (and that Brett Favre thing).

  23. Sandra

    Okay..I have house full of football fans, crazy fans:)), and me Not so much LOL!
    Lemon curt looks fabulous..So yummy and creamy..delish!!!!

  24. Lori

    mmm….This looks dreamy! I don’t know much about football except that I love the snacks that go along with it! I can cheer for Da Bears for you!

  25. Peggy

    I hate both the Bears and Packers equally, so rooting for a winner in this one is going to be tough =) I am definitely a fan of this Lemon Curd though!

  26. emily (a nutritionist eats)

    I have to say that I’m cheering for the Packers today!!! 🙂
    And true to the stereotype, almost everything I’m making has cheese in it!! 😉

  27. BigFatBaker

    That lemon curd looks fabulous. I have been dying to make my own but I have been a little intimidated. I don’t want to end up with lemon scrambled eggs! I’ll definitely try soon 🙂

  28. Michael @theflavourjunkie

    The lemon curd looks amazing! I’m really happy you tried it out. The pictures are fantastic and I love your curd in the shells. Too cute! So good. Enjoy it!

  29. C1tr4

    Your lemon curd definitely great one. Maybe I could try it also, just love lemon curd very much.. Thx for sharing this recipe ^_^

  30. Dee

    I have a lemon mousse I do in my vanilla bean raspberry cake, but always just bought the lemon curd. Your recipe looks so yummy and i cant wait to try it in my lemon mousse! Btw I think it will be the Steerler vrs the Bears in Sipuerbowl! (Being a Pittsburgher you know who I am rooting for!)

  31. Sarah

    As a HUGH Bears fan I absolutely LOVE this post. As I write this my entire family is in their Bears Wear and we’re preparing for the big game! Excitement levels are at an all time high!

    Great post! I love that you used the empty lemon shell as a bowl. So cute!


  32. Amy Bakes Everything

    Go Bears! I’m shaking this morning – not from coffee…from anticipation of this football game! Hurry up 2:00! This lemon curd looks deee-vooooon…and clementine curd sounds amazing! Great job, love the photos!

  33. Liz

    With a dog named Lambeau, I think you know who we’re rooting for. BUT my husband had a good laugh over your Packer joke! Hope it’s a good game…and at least one of us will be happy tonight 🙂

    PS…your lemon curd looks excellent.

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      How about this one: What are we having for dinner? Shredded Cheese! GO BEARS! 🙂

      I know, we lost … Congrats Packers.

  34. something_good

    super presentation! I was drooling over Michael’s clementine curd and now you come with this one :). I’ll have to wait until tomorrow, at least, as I am snowed up here so no chance to go shopping tonight.

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