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If Life Gives You Lemon Curd, Here's What To Do With It

This dessert topping or spread is tangy, bright, and versatile.
By Published Jan. 17, 2023

While regular lemon curd is absolutely delicious, swapping in Meyer lemons results in sweeter, more floral curd that is softer and more rounded. This iconic floral flavor resides mainly in the zest of the fruit, so using lots of zest along with the juice achieves a bright sunshiny flavor. 

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A hybrid citrus variety that originated in China, Meyer lemons are a sweeter variety of lemon, with aromatic floral notes, thinner skins, and less acidic juice than regular lemons. They can be used anywhere you’d use regular lemons but want to tone down the sourness. Desserts and sweet applications such as lemon curd are perfect candidates for Meyer lemons. If Meyer lemons are unavailable, you can get a similar flavor by combining the juices from lemons and a mandarin or navel orange. Substitute 3 tablespoons of lemon zest and 1 tablespoon mandarin or navel orange zest and ⅓ cup juice from each. 

Meyer lemon curd is a luxurious dessert that can be eaten on its own or used as a building block for other treats. Here are some ways to use it. 

Meyer Lemon Curd

With sweet, floral notes, Meyer lemons make a pleasing curd, with less pucker.
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1. Top lemon curd with whipped cream and a sprinkle of fresh berries.

2. Fill thumbprint cookies with lemon curd.

Thumbprint Cookies

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3. Swirl ½ cup into homemade Vanilla-No Churn Ice Cream.

4. Layer lemon curd between rounds of white cake. 

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5. Spread lemon curd on a piece of toast or a scone.

6. Spread lemon curd on top of a plain cheesecake (homemade or purchased), and dot it with fresh raspberries before serving. 

Lemon Cheesecake

Lemon is a fickle flavor, and pairing it with cream cheese requires a perfect balance of juice, zest, and sugar.
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7. Dollop lemon curd on top of yogurt.

8. Bake lemon curd in a 9-inch tart shell, or make small handheld tarts.

Classic Lemon Tart

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9. If you make your own curd, use the leftover egg whites to make meringue cookies. Make a small divot before baking, and fill them with lemon curd just before serving.