Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy - Lemon Curd

This is the thing dreams are made of, it's sweet but zesty, the best of both worlds. My friends love when I make this.

Well, to be honest, they want the cheesecake I put it in... but the cheesecake is nothing without the lemon curd first!

Without the lemon curd, well, it would just be plain 'ol cheesecake. [Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with that.]

If you don't know what lemon curd is and the word curd makes you twitch, let me put you at ease. It's like a sweet, lemony sauce. That's it, no chunky, strange stuff, I promise. It's so good, you could just eat it by the spoonfuls!

Now, I'm going to be honest with you from the start, but I should probably whisper so my foodie friends don't hear me.

The reason this is "easy peasy lemon squeezy" is because... I make it in the microwave.

Don't judge.

But it's so much easier and sometimes easy is better.

I'm going to walk you through this! It's a long process at first, but once you get going it isn't so bad.

We begin by zesting lemons! I normally need about six of them, enough zest to make up two tablespoons.

Just zest like crazy until you get your two tablespoons and try not to zest your hands in the process.

You also need a cup of lemon juice! I made a half batch the day I photographed this, so I only have a half. You'll need one cup, squeezed from the lemons you just zested and maybe a couple more.

Now, in a separate lemon free bowl, you're going to combine 1/2 a cup of softened butter and 2 cups of sugar.  Beat them together until they're blended.

Now you're going to add in four eggs, one at a time, mixing each in until just combined. Your mixture will become nice and smooth like this.

Now you add in the lemon juice, mix until blended, once again. It will look gross, kind of like wet scrambled eggs. No fear, you're doing good!

Now it's time to add in the lemon zest. Don't use your mixer anymore, just give it a gentle stir with a spoon.

And now you have this mix that looks... drum roll... curdled!

Time to go to the microwave.

You're going to microwave it for 5 minutes, stopping to stir it at the top of every minute. I suggest just microwaving one minute at a time, so you don't forget to stir it.

Also, cover it with a towel just in case it overflows a little.

After one minute, you'll have this frothy, runny egg mixture. All is well, stir and start the next minute.

On the next minute, we have a smooth froth. Doing great!

Another minute goes by and we have a thicker looking froth.

The idea is to cook the lemon curd until it "coats a spoon" but just so you know, this is not what it means. If you still have white froth, it's not done. Keep going!

Now, I walked off and forgot about mine and it ran the last two minutes without stopping. Oops. Which means, mine overflowed a little but it's still okay.

At this point, the curd it almost ready, but we're going to give it two more minutes in there. One minute at a time, once again.

At the end of those last two turns in the microwave, it looks like this, which is great. It is DONE!

Be very careful at this point, it is super hot and will scald you. Especially if you're like me and must taste it immediately.

You need to let it cool, ideally for about four hours, but sometimes I put mine in the freezer to speed up the cool down process.

And that's it! Doesn't sound too hard, does it? It just takes time to zest the lemons, but once you get started it's a pretty quick process.

Even if you don't have an immediate need for lemon curd, you should try making it! It's labor day, you have a free day to nap and do as you please. Make some lemon curd!

I used mine to make a decadent white cake, more on that Friday.

But for now, I leave you to enjoy your holiday.

Happy Labor Day!


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- Amanda

This post is dedicated to a dear friend of mine.
This person recently celebrated one year of living
after a suicide attempt. I'm am proud of this person for
being open, finding the right help and continuing to 
live their life, one day at a time. I love you!
life is beautiful
you share a little love with the whole wide world
every boy and girl sing along
when we sing why-o, why-o

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