Once I got thinking about it I saw it was just my preconceived marmalade-esque thoughts that were putting me off. One of my favourite desserts is lemon meringue pie....full of lemon curd, talk about not seeing the wood for the trees.
Nigella's lemon meringue cake in Feast had caught me eye many times but I had always made the Strawberry version (from Forever summer) instead of the lemon version.
My first attempts at lemon curd making was for the above mentioned cake, I used Nigella's recipe, adapted from her Passion fruit curd recipe. I admit I was slightly nervous at making this, I don't really go in for jams and preserves but this recipe is so simple and extremely gratifying.
2 unwaxed lemons (zest and juice)
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
150g caster sugar
100g unsalted butter
Juice and zest the lemons.
Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar together.
Melt the butter over a low heat in a saucepan, when melted stir in the sugar-egg mixture and the lemon juice, keep cooking gently, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Take off the heat and whisk in the lemon zest, cool slightly and pour into a sterilised jar.
Store in the fridge.
Simplicity itself, I am always amazed at the cheerful yellow colour and extreme lemon taste this produces, all from 2 lemons, eggs, butter and sugar.
As it is so simple to make I always have a jar in the fridge now so I am never far away from a intense lemony hit.
This is great in Nigella's Lemon meringue cake, her 'Fried egg' biscuits from 'How to be a domestic goddess' and probably best of all, spread on fresh brioche.