Lemon Curd for Scones

This week I taught a couple cooking classes on Afternoon Tea - that delightfully civilized and genteel affair resplendent with crust-trimmed finger sandwiches, scones with jam or lemon curd and Devonshire cream, and one or two-bite sweets and dainties. Today I'm posting a recipe for lemon curd - a smooth, lemony spread perfect for slathering on warm scones. You can also enjoy it on toast or as a filling for tarts and cakes.

Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd

Makes 2 cups/500 mL


  • 5 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup (250 mL) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) grated lemon rind
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) fresh lemon juice


Step 1:

Mix together eggs, sugar, butter, lemon rind and juice in a heavy saucepan.

Step 2:

Stir gently over low heat until mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon, about 12 to 15 minutes. Don't let mixture boil or it will curdle.

Step 3:

Remove from heat and dip the base of the saucepan into cold water for a few minutes to stop the cooking. Let curd cool completely. Refrigerate until needed.


  • Lemon curd keeps for up to 2 weeks, refrigerated.
Lemon Curd Recipe

Lemon curd and mock Devonshire Cream on a Maple Pecan Scone.