12 Creative Uses for Lemon Curd

March 30, 2016 | By | Comments (1)

As toppings like jams and jellies go, curd is among the more unique options. It’s bright and creamy, bursting with sweet, fruity flavors, and a dab of butter gives it a luscious mouthfeel you can’t get from any other spread offering. You can whip up cranberry curd as a holiday gift or churn lemon curd to hang on to winter’s beautiful citrus season as long as possible. It mixes in beautifully with oatmeal, yogurt, or whipped topping. It’s a nice finishing touch to desserts, too, and no one here would argue against a schmear of lemon curd on a slice of warm quick bread.

Now, as we move into spring and summer months, lemon curd is an easy way to stretch your recipes between seasons. Want a bright and fruity dessert but don’t have any local berries yet? A dollop of lemon curd will do the trick! It also happens to pair beautifully with a lot of the foods you’re probably already eating, so dig in to these ideas for using lemon curd.

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1. As a simple filling for mini lemon curd tarts in phyllo shells, or in a big tart like this Meyer Lemon Curd Tart

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2. Dollop a bit of lemon curd on top of meringue cookies, or try these Chewy Meringues with a truly delightful Tangerine-Lemon Curd.

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3. Swap your nightly ice cream for frozen yogurt, and you’ll make a little room for a scoop of lemon curd. Try our Gingery Lemon Curd Sundae to get started.

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4. For a this-couldn’t-be-easier dessert, spoon some fresh berries into a cup of luscious lemon curd. Top with a bit of whipped cream, and then sink into the fruity delight! Try our Lemon Curd with Berries.

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5. Build a fruit pizza base with a layer of lemon curd or drizzle some on your toppings. You can make a single-serve version on a whole-wheat pita, too. Go crazy with your combinations. We like kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas with lemon curd. We also really love this Fresh Fruit Pizza with Lemon Curd.

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6. Instead of traditional chocolate on your s’mores, add some lemon curd and a bit of lime zest for a tropical Key Lime Pie S’more.

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7. Hear us out here! Lemon and chicken are a natural couple, so why not use lemon curd as a rub? The butter in the curd will add a toasty flavor to the bright citrusy essence of the curd. Try it for yourself in this Roasted Chicken with Lemon Curd.

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8. Stir lemon curd into your morning oatmeal. Top with berries, and you’re on your way to one delicious whole-grain cup of morning goodness. Even better: Try lemon curd in your oatmeal with this recipe for Lemon-Blueberry with Mascarpone Oatmeal.

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9. Warm up your lemon curd instead of maple syrup for a Sunday morning pancake drizzle. Top with sliced fruit or berries. Dig in! Try this Tart-Sweet Lemon Blackberry Pancake Topping idea if you want to shake up your weekend brunch.

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10. Stir into your morning yogurt for an instant boost, or make a yogurt dip for your next social gathering. Our Honey and Lemon Dip is a great recipe to try.

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11. Desserts don’t have to be complicated to impress. Stir together ice cream, lemon curd, and limoncello for a dessert your dinner guests will talk about for weeks. Get started with our Limoncello Freeze.

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12. You can put a spread of frosting between your cake layers. But why would you when you can do a layer of lemon curd instead? Our Vanilla Cake with Italian Meringue Frosting does just that.

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COMMENTS

  1. Peyton

    Great ideas. I really want to try the chicken rub. That sounds like a really different taste to chicken.

    March 30, 2016 at 1:40 pm

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