Thursday, February 17, 2011

Meyer Lemon Curd

A hybrid lemon and mandarin orange, meyer lemons have such an interesting, complex flavor and I haven't been able to get enough!  My mom is a huge fan of lemon curd, so when I saw meyer lemons at costco, I immediately picked them up (without thinking about when I'd have the time to make it!).


Lemon curd might be the best way to showcase this flavor, and I especially loved this version I made using vanilla sugar.


Meyer Lemon Curd
adapted from Baking Bites

A versatile spread, try this lemon curd on toast, cheesecake, or your favorite quickbread!

1c meyer lemon juice (from ~5 lemons)
zest of 4-5 lemons
3/4c vanilla sugar*
3 eggs, RT
1/2T vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, combine lemon juice, zest and sugar.  Heat until sugar has dissolved, creating a lemon simple syrup.  Remove from heat.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat 3 room temp eggs.  s l o w l y drizzle in lemon simple syrup with the mixer on low speed (you don't want to scramble the eggs!).  Increase speed to medium and beat for 1-2min.

Strain mixture back into saucepan and heat over low heat until mixture becomes thick, whisking occasionally.  Just as lemon curd is coming to a boil, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Once cool, transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

*To make vanilla sugar, I combined an empty vanilla bean pod and maybe 4-6c of granulated sugar in the bowl of a food processor.  After a quick whirl, the vanilla bean had broken up and the sugar became finer (more akin to powdered sugar than granulated sugar).  If substituting regular granulated sugar in this recipe, you might want to increase the sugar up to 1c.




What would you put your lemon curd on?

22 comments:

Sarah said...

YUM! I love lemon curd. Especially on a currant scone with a bit of clotted cream.

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

oooh how delightful!!!

Janet Rudolph said...

Love lemon curd. Can't wait to make this

Joanne said...

I really need to find myself some meyer lemons pronto because I NEED this on a sandwich. Possibly paired with nutella.

Megan said...

I love lemon curd! Especially on lemon raspberry cake. It looks so silky and delicious!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I've never had lemon curd but I feel like I would love it. The only thing is - what do you eat it with?

Reeni said...

I'd slather your delicious lemon curd all over a homemade muffin or scone! Love it.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Lemon curd and ricotta make the world a better place.

Alisa Fleming said...

Oh goodness Shannon, this is such a heavenly idea! I'm not a big lemon fan, but Meyer's are so much mellower and richer.

5 Star Foodie said...

A lemon curd with Meyer lemons must be fantastic, very special for sure!

Kerstin said...

I've actually never had lemon curd, although I do have a jar from TJs somewhere in my cupboard that I need to figure out what to do with :) I love that you made your own with the Meyers!

peachkins said...

I am wanting to do lemon curd for the longest time!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

I'm with Joanne, Nutella sandwich! Pretty awesome!
LC

Lauren said...

The question is: what WOULDN'T I put this meyer lemon curd on?! So many ideas come to mind! Muffins, toast, oatmeal, cinnamon & sugar pita chips, blended with olive oil for a sweet salad dressing... it looks fantastic :).

Elizabeth said...

I love lemond curd but I've never made it myself. Your photos are gorgeous!

Erica said...

YUM! This looks oh so good! I'm with Sarah on the scone or I'd like to make some sort of dessert (like a pie) with it!

brandi said...

that looks perfect. I've never had meyer lemons! I can't find them here and am super jealous :)

Danica's Daily said...

YUM! I LOVE lemon curd but have never made any. I have a bunch of meyer lemons to use up too - thanks for the idea!

Rosiecat said...

Your photos are gorgeous, darling! I'd try lemon curd on some yogurt onto which I'd crumbled a few shortbread cookies or a vanilla-flavored granola. (Or even better--I'd try lemon curd straight out of the jar!)

GF Gidget said...

I've never had lemon curd, but now I want to make it! Lovely and elegant!

jen @Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

Lovely! I especially love your picture with the spoon. There's this lemon ice cream sandwich recipe that I LOVE which uses lemon curd. I bought mine when I made it last time, but I think a Meyer lemon version would be such a cool twist!

http://www.tinyurbankitchen.com/2009/06/frozen-lemon-ice-cream-sandwiches.html

Jess said...

I love lemon curd! Delish!

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