Lemon Curd

So good! So so good! Use in cakes, on scones, with meringues or if you are sometimes a little bit of a pig (like me) do what a friend suggested and simply dip a good biscuit, shortbread for example, into the lemon curd. A jar can disappear very very quickly that way!

It will take you about 30 minutes from start till cold to make and will keep at least a week in the fridge. Makes about two jam jars full.

4 large eggs
125g butter
225g sugar
Juice and grated zest of 3 lemons
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl with a fork and strain into a heat proof bowl
  • Add butter, sugar and lemon juice and zest to the egg and combine
  • Place the heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water ensuring that the bottom of the bowl does NOT touch the water….(you will end up with very sweet scrambled eggs if it does!)
  • Stir the mixture constantly until you are left with a custard thick consistency. This takes about 20 minutes
  • Take away from heat and place in the sink with cold water in it – keep stirring until you have cooled the lemon curd down.
  • Put into a jar or glass and cover. Place in fridge.
  • Give away as a gift or use to make other puddings.

The Magic of Lemons

After my chocolate passion spell, followed by a week on holiday with lots of marshmallow roasting and cream teas, I wanted a healthy theme and one that included a food I could cook and use mostly for savoury recipes. When I then read on the Discovery Health website that Vitamin C promotes the production of collagen (a protein that encourages cell growth and promotes skin firmness) I knew that lemon would be a good choice!

It has been lovely using lemon in all my recipes, from breakfast to dinner, and apart from feeling positively refreshed, I am sure my skin looks better! Furthermore, our home has gained a wonderful subtle scent of spring – without me even needing to clean!

Lemon is well-known for having a multitude of health benefits, the main ones being strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers. They also act as a weight loss aid due to the fact that they induce the liver to create bile which is a juice that dissolves the fat in your food (more on this in a great article on lifemojo.com). During this process. the juices also clean out your liver. If these are not enough reasons to enjoy some of my recipes, read on to discover more glorious secrets about this little yellow gem!

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