Tangy Lemon Curd (Honey Sweetened and Dairy Free)


Lemon curd is one of those special treats that is so simple to make. Eggs, lemon juice and zest, honey, and coconut oil (or butter or ghee) magically cooks into a thick, tangy, rich curd, just perfect for a warm day.

Who says you have to spend a lot of money and time to make a nourishing sweet treat? This is my contribution to the Simple and Nourishing Carnival!

This lemon curd is strictly for a lemon lover, like myself. This recipe really allows the lemon to play the dominate role, with just enough sweetener to take the edge off of the sourness of the lemon without dulling it’s tang. It’s the perfect pairing for a sweet cake.

You can serve it simply by dolloping it over sweet fresh berries and toasted nuts, or you can use it as part of a fancy layer cake, in tarts and thumb print cookies, or spread between flaky scones. Oh yes, there are a lot of uses for lemon curd! Simple and fancy!

Tangy Lemon Curd
This is a more frugal version of curd, because, like the Joy of Cooking’s version, I use whole eggs instead of just the egg yolks. However, you could substitute 6 egg yolks for the whole eggs for a super rich curd.

    3 large eggs
    1/4 -1/3 cup of honey
    Grated zest of one lemon (I used about 1 tablespoon)
    1/2 cup of lemon juice
    6 tablespoons virgin coconut oil (or you could use ghee or butter).

1-In a medium stainless steel or enamel saucepan, whisk together the first three ingredients until light colored.

2-Add the the coconut oil, breaking it into small clumps as you drop it into the pot for even melting. Then add the lemon juice.

3-Cook, whisking over medium heat until the coconut oil is melted. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens and you start to see a few bubbles popping at the surface.

4-Remove from heat, and scrape into a fine sieve set over a bowl. Strain the curd, gently stirring if needed.

5-Refrigerate for several hours to thicken. Will keep about one week in the refrigerator.

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  1. Martha says

    I made a delicious variation on this with rhubarb juice (and a bit of extra stewed rhubarb) in place of the lemon and zest. Love it! Thanks.

  2. Martha says

    I made a delicious variation on this with rhubarb juice (and a bit of extra stewed rhubarb) in place of the lemon and zest. Love it! Thanks.

  3. Sarah says

    Unbelievable good!!! Made this the other night (I put a spoonful in my plain yogurt with granola). yum, yum, yum!

  4. Denise says

    I have never made lemon curd before. This looked so simple and is on par with my eating plan so I gave it a whirl. All I have to say is YUMTASTIC! It was smooth and creamy ( and I took the lazy no straining route). I will be making this again and trying orange as well. Thank you for this site – it rocks!

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