Lemon Curd

Lemon curd is one of those things that I forget how much I love until I have it in something. Then I’m reminded that I should make some soon. I feel like I saw a bunch of lemon curd recipes pop up recently in the blogs I read and was once again reminded that I should mix some up myself.

I have made lemon curd before but I wanted to find a simpler recipe. I found this one and while it was simpler than the one I had tried before, it didn’t go completely smoothly.

To start things off, the mixture was all curdled at the beginning of the cooking process.

I figured the butter would melt into the mixture as it heated and sure enough, it did. But then I had issues getting the curd to thicken. After 24 minutes of stirring, I added a tablespoon of cornstarch to the mixture. Another 6 minutes and the curd had thickened to my liking. Since the recipe said 10 minutes total, that was a bit frustrating. It did thicken up more as it cooled so that was a good thing.

This recipe yielded a great lemony curd and with the modifications I made below, it definitely will be made again. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

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Lemon Curd

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients:

3 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
8 Tbsp butter, room temperature
4 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice (3 to 4 lemons)
1/8 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cornstarch

Directions:

Remove the zest of 3 lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the sugar and pulse until the zest is very finely minced into the sugar.

Cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice, salt and cornstarch. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 2 quart saucepan and cook over low heat until thickened (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly. The lemon curd will thicken at about 170 degrees F, or just below simmer. Remove from the heat and cool or refrigerate.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten

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16 Responses to “Coconut Layer Cake Filled with Lemon Curd”

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    Erica @ Inandaroundtown — April 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    WOW – I would like to have a piece of that cake as soon as possible! looks beautiful and delicious!

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    FunandFearlessinBeantown — April 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    This cake looks beautiful and I love the addition of toasted coconut!

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    Christina — April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    I love love cakes with coconut. So delicious.

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    Maria — April 6, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    Beautiful cake!

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    DeliciousDish — April 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Totally agree – the more layers the better! The cake looks stunning!

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    Paula Kelly-Bourque — April 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Had I been at your dinner party you wouldn’t have had to cook anything. I would have just completely indulged in this gorgeous cake!

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    Evan — April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    This cake looks incredible! coconut and lemon are two of my favorite flavors; I’m glad you don’t have to choose one or the other with this recipe.

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    Bianca Garcia — April 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    This sounds wonderful. Coconut with lemon curd, yummmm!

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    Taryn — April 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    This looks fantastic – so springy and beautiful, and absolutely delish 🙂

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    ammy 92 — April 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    what a wonderful cake!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — April 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful cake! I’ve been craving a coconut cake, but I know too many people who don’t like coconut cake that if I made it I wouldn’t have anyone to share. Boo.

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    Shannon — April 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    ooh, fabulous. love the lemon curd-coconut combo, and in a layer cake, fun!!

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    A Boston Food Diary — April 6, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    OF COURSE 4 is better than 2!!! This looks amazing….I love the idea of lemon and coconut together-and it’s gorgeous!

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    Aimee — April 6, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Love lemon curd, love coconut, especially love a cake that lets me “frost” the sides with ease. This looks so yummy!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — April 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Such a delicious cake! I honestly didn’t know a 6 inch was half of a 9 inch….thank you 🙂

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    Kelly Jaremco — April 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    I told my girlfriend I would bake her a cake for her birthday this Sunday !!! I got lemon curd and coconut stuck in my brain, so I started googling… which led me to your page !!! This recipie looks almost perfect !!

    Couple questions…

    Do you think the coconut extract was too strong for the cake, because you also have the browned coconut pcs too? I was considering vanilla bean cake, lemon curd and toasted coconut on the outside… but perhaps that wouldn’t be enough coconut flavour…. your thoughts?

    Lastly… what did you use as the frosting to keep the toasted coconut on? It looks like whipping cream…. ?!?!?

    Thanks !!!
    Kelly

    P.S
    This is the first cake I’ve ever baked !!! lol

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