A jar of lemon curd with a teaspoon in the center. Two small lemon tarts with raspberries in the center.
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Lemon curd

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Lusciously tart and creamy lemon curd is easier to make than you might think. This lemony curd can be used to make tarts such as these lemon curd and raspberry tartlets or as a filling for cupcakes and birthday cakes. There are so many ways to enjoy this fresh and easy lemon curd.

A jar of lemon curd with a teaspoon in the center. Two small lemon tarts with raspberries in the center.
Luscious lemon curd with raspberries

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I confess, I’ll eat spoonfuls of lemon curd just on its own. I love lemon. It’s a favorite flavor of mine. Lemon curd is especially yummy with a simple dollop of whipped cream on top. It’s a simple and refreshing dessert. There is something about the combination of lemon and raspberry that is absolutely amazing as well. These bite-sized lemon curd and raspberry tartlets are a sweet-tart combination made in heaven.

A jar of lemon curd with a spoon in it. Lemons in the background.
Lemon curd is versatile

Mother’s Day is just around the corner as I write this. Easy lemon curd would make a special homemade dessert for mom. And there are so many ways to present it. It can be as simple as filling these pretty Ball 4-ounce jelly jars and topping it with fluffy whipping cream.

A jar of lemon curd next to mini-lemon curd tarts.
Lemon curd and raspberry tarts

Lemon curd is made from lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, butter, salt and eggs. With just these simple ingredients, you can make the most luscious lemon curd with the right technique. All it takes is applying the right amount of heat and continuous whisking.

A large plate of lemon curd and raspberry tarts.
Raspberry and lemon are a heavenly flavor combination

Pre-made tart shells whether pastry or cookie base are difficult to find where I live. Blind-baking mini pastry shells is certainly an option, although I’d rather not spend all day in the kitchen making them. I found these Private Selection shortbread tartlet shells in my local QFC grocery store. The sweet and tender cookie base paired very well with the lemon curd and raspberries. Other options for tarts include: Keebler mini graham cracker ready crumb crusts or Clearbrook Farms shortbread mini tart shells

A jar of lemon curd with a spoon resting on top.
Making a glaze for the raspberries.
Strawberry jam glaze

I topped the lemon curd tarts with fresh raspberries glazed with strawberry jam. Simply warm up some strawberry jam in a saucepan and dip the raspberries in the glaze. Carefully, top each lemon tart with the glazed raspberry. These lemon curd raspberry tarts are the perfect little sweet-tart bite at a party or gathering of friends. Of course, you won’t be able to eat just one – fair warning.

A large plate filled with lemon curd and raspberry tarts.
Party perfect lemon curd and raspberry tarts.

Are you a fan of lemons? Need an impressive and special dessert? Easy lemon curd topped with a dollop of whipped cream or a beautiful lemon curd and raspberry tart may be your ticket to success.

Leave me a comment below about your thoughts and experiences with this recipe.

Happy cooking!

Michelle

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Lemon curd

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup lemon juice
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 10 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Method

  1. Use a heavy bottomed medium-sized sauce pan. Off heat, whisk together sugar, zest and egg yolks in the sauce pan. Next, whisk in the lemon juice and salt.
  2. Next turn on heat to medium-high. Add the butter and whisk constantly until it melts. When the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and little bubbles form around the edges, remove from heat. Continue whisking. You do not want it to boil.
  3. While continuing to whisk pour the curd mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a glass bowl. This removes any bits of egg. Cover with plastic wrap pressing onto the surface of the curd. Place the curd in the fridge until it is cool.
 

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