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How to make Lemon Curd and Candied Lemon Peels

lemon curd

Lemon curd is a dessert spread and topping usually made with citrus fruit, such as lemon, lime, orange or tangerine, butter, eggs and sugar, served as a filling for pies, tarts or cakes.  I have also made it with oranges.

I love the taste of lemon and I have been wanting to make lemon curd for ages.  However, butter and eggs was the reason that kept me from making it.  However, even if I have been avoiding eggs and butter as much as I can, I still want to make a few things at least once and since I could not avoid the eggs, I used a becel proactive margarine (which is supposed to lower cholesterol levels) instead of using butter.

When I went to the supermarket I bought some lovely organic lemons, especially for this reason.

I google searched to find more about how to make it and the Joy of Baking gave the best instructions.  I don’t like wasting anything, especially when it involves lemon.  So, before cutting and squeeing out the lemon juice, I peeled the lemons and used them to make candied lemon peels. You can also grate the lemon and put the zest in ice cubes in the deep freezer.  I use them whenever I make a cake or a pudding

How to make Lemon Curd

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  about 15 minutes

Makes: 1 1/2 cups (360 ml)


  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 – 3 organic lemons, for 1 tablespoon lemon zest and 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons (56 grams) unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I used becel proactive margarine)
  • ¾ cup (150 grams) fine granulated sugar


  1. Whisk eggs with a hand mixer.
  2. In a stainless steel bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice until blended.
  3. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and cook, stirring constantly (to prevent it from curdling), until the mixture becomes thick (like sour cream or a hollandaise sauce) (160 degrees F or 71 degrees C). This will take approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and immediately pour through a fine strainer to remove any lumps. (I skipped this step).
  5. Cut the butter into small pieces and whisk into the mixture until the butter has melted. Add the lemon zest and let cool. The lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
  6. Cover immediately with cling film (so a skin doesn’t form) and refrigerate for up to a week.

How to make Candied Lemon Peels

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  about 20 minutes



  • Peels of 3 organic lemons (not waxed)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel from lemons in long strips (yellow part only).
  3. Place in a pot and add enough cold water to cover them.  Bring to boil, drain and repeat blanching 2 more times.
  4. Bring sugar and water to boil in another pot, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  5. Add lemon peels and simmer for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, transfer peels to the prepared sheet.
  7. Sprinkle 1 cup sugar over and toss to coat.
  8. Let dry at room temperature for a few days, mixing regulary.
  9. Transfer candied lemon peels to an airtight container or in a jar. Store peels at room temperature.

candied lemon peels


  • Pour leftover syrup into a clean sterilized jar and store in the refrigerator for future use. It can be used to wet sponge cakes, biscuits to be used in desserts or in any other recipes using syrup.
  • Sugar used to coat lemon peels can be used in other desserts.
  • When boiling the lemon peels, you may use the third lemon water to boil and flavour rice.
  • The lemon curd may be stored in sterile jars up to a week in the refrigerators.  A few uses of lemon curd are: on bread and toast, just like we use jam, in tarts, between biscuits, on pancakes, to glaze cakes or thinned down as a sauce.
  • A few recipes using these ingredients will be posted soon.

Ginger cake with candied lemon peels

My cookbooks “More Than A Greek Salad”, and “Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!” are both available on all Amazon stores.


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18 Responses

  1. Thanks, Ivy, for sharing this lovely lemon curd recipe.

  2. i never made lemon curd…i will try with your recipe!thank you,ivy!

  3. Great recipes! I particularly love the flavor of lemon… Lemon curd is one of my favorite spreads!

    Cheers and have a great week,


  4. Love the lemon “faces”! Great recipe Ivy…lemon curd is a real sweet treat! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Good tips Ivy, I really like the idea of using the boiled water for lemon rice…NOTHING is wasted!

  6. Mmm…love lemon curd, especially on gingerbread. The lemon faces remind me of a Play with Your Food calendar I have, too cute.

  7. Lemon is my favorite. Always a very fresh flavor. Your lemon curd looks divine! I know I would really enjoy this intense lemon treat.

  8. I’ve wanted to make my own lemon curd too! I bet this was delicious! Love the lemon peel too.

  9. Good morning & Kalo Mina Ivy!

    I love, love, love lemon curd. I’m baking all of my favorite lemon recipes regularly now because our lemons are ripe. I wish that you were my neighbor because I’ve already given hundreds of lemons away and you’d definitely be on the receiving end!

  10. Ivy, that is a great post!…the first picture is so cute!

  11. I made lemon curd once and it was a bit too runny so now i am a bit worried to make them.
    and i just have a huge amlie seeing those lemons, really cute 🙂

  12. Great tips Ivy! Lemon peel could be used in so many ways … imaging them now! I have used lemon curd in lemon tarts only but I am sure there are somany ways to use them§

    Loved your beer pumpkin recipe … voting for you now!! =)

  13. Love the cute lemons and lemon curd sounds wonderful!

  14. The candied peels sound delicious Ivy.

  15. I have made lemon curd but never lemon peels. I would like to try this.

  16. Candied citrus peel is high on my list of things to try: thanks for the pointer. I am just waiting for the new crop of citrus fruit.

  17. Liz

    I love lemon curd. It is great on toast and I’ve also filled cupcakes with it! It gives an interesting surprise when you take a bite! I might have to try the candied peel when there is an abundance of lemons in the garden.

  18. heheeee.. those are cute;-)

    I have to try to make both the curd and the peels. I love lemon curd in pastries and the peels are the jewels. Don’t know why I don’t make them.