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Easy lemon curd

August 8, 2010

As you know I love to cook, I’m just not all that good at it. Since I’ve finished studying though I’ve made it my mission to get good. I’m going to cook lots of yummy things, try new recipes and see which go down well in the Murphy household.

This lemon curd recipe was a big winner. I love Masterchef and wasn’t entirely impressed to see the format of Australian Masterchef earlier in the year. Weird eliminations, tasks and masterclasses? Nah… However by week 3 I was hooked. It is so much better than the UK Masterchef series, in which everyone cooks scallops with black pudding on a bed of minted crushed peas; or lamb because Gregg likes it, but not salmon because John doesn’t like it. (Incidentally, it was only in around series 4/5 that my husband realised he was called John Torode, not Jonty Road). I miss it loads and am trying to find the cables that hook my laptop to our TV so I can stream the Celebrity series & series 2 which is currently showing in Oz. I’ve also ordered the winner’s cookbook (I won’t say who in case anyone’s following the series on Good Food now & doesn’t know) from Amazon. I am so excited!!!

This recipe was given by Gary in the masterclass following Julie’s cupcake win. He was doing a take on the Lemon Diva cupcakes with lemon curd, lemon syrup and lemon cream. This seemed so easy it would be rude not to try it!

3 eggs

2 egg yolks

3/4 cup caster sugar

125g unsalted butter, cubed

Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (I used 3 as they were quite small & it was perfect, not too lemon but with a good kick)

Juice of 3 lemons (another reason why I used 3 for the zest!)

Throw it all in a bowl & bung in the microwave on half power for around 7/8 minutes, or until it thickens up. Stir at LEAST every minute.

How easy is that?! Well, for me not that easy. I don’t understand my microwave, couldn’t work out half power so put it on full for 4 mins, stirring every 30 seconds. It turned out lovely! There were some white bits in it, which is where I presume the heat was so high it slightly scrambled some of the eggs, but hey, no one’s perfect! It was definitely edible, Sam and I ate a jar in a week and the jar I took into work went in 2 days!

Next time I think I’ll do it on the hob – Gary said that was fine too and Gary knows EVERYTHING – so I can control the heat better. I’m also going to try orange curd, lime curd and citrus curd (all 3 together). You know what you’ll be getting for a present at Christmas now, right? 🙂


The Aussie Masterchef judge - George, Matt & Gary (I love them)

This is a post for Magic Mummy, AKA Superwoman (seriously, how does she have time to raise 2 gorgeous children, run a home, do crafts, bake, be a wife, work full time AND write a wonderful blog? I am in awe) who asked for recipes like mother used to make. Well, sorry Mum but this is nothing like you used to make. Burnt toast, microwaved beans and teas from the chippy were the norm if my Dad wasn’t around to cook that night. She’s so bad at cooking she totally melted the microwave proof bowl and potato hash she was microwaving for Sam at the weekend. It was almost impressive.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2010 10:23 am

    Love, love, love! You know how much I love Aussie Masterchef, I watched said episode and these looked fab. I’m going to give them a go!

    I completely agree about the format change, at first I hated it and couldn’t really get into the early stages but was soon completely hooked and in fact our Masterchef over here seems so stale in comparison. I’m hoping they overhaul the format in January. Also agree re: endless scallop//puree safety nets, and don’t even start me on how lenient they are with celebrities.

    Haha at Jonty Road!

    Can’t wait for your cookbook review, I’ve got it on my amazon wishlist so depending on what you say I may bump it up to the basket!

    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      August 11, 2010 9:27 pm

      The review is scheduled for Saturday! It’s a great cook book & I adore it. It will be very well used!

  2. August 8, 2010 4:30 pm

    ooh looks super yummy and very easy. Thanks for sharing

    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      August 11, 2010 9:27 pm

      It’s fab! I’ll let you know how I get on with the lime curd. Cross your fingers for me!

  3. August 9, 2010 7:47 pm

    Aaaw Thank you so much for your nice words 😉 and thank you even more for your recipe – it looks so easy I may just be able to manage it lol.

    I’m going to try it this week as I looove lemon curd!

    BTW is he really not called Jonty Road (seriously, I’m not even joking!) *hangs head in embarassment*

    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      August 11, 2010 9:26 pm

      You’re very welcome! I hope it turns out well. I’ve bought a load of limes today so I can try lime curd using this recipe. Hope it goes well!
      I’ll tell my husband he’s not the only one who thought he was Jonty Road! Lol! Love it!

      • August 13, 2010 6:00 pm

        I’m about to make this so wish me luck….

      • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
        August 13, 2010 10:36 pm

        Oh good luck! Let me know how you get on. I’ve got limes in the fridge for making lime curd on Sunday!

  4. Margaret permalink
    August 12, 2010 12:14 am

    From notsuchayummymummys mum…
    I wish I could say that she exagerates my cullinary skills but I cannot. Though did not imagine that she would broadcast it across the web!!!
    Still love reading her blog though…xx

    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      August 12, 2010 10:24 am

      Hahahahaha!!! 🙂 And thanks! xx

  5. August 12, 2010 3:08 pm

    Australian Masterchef is superior on so many levels. I wept BUCKETS when the eventual winner spoke about the book they wanted to create. I’m going to look on Amazon for it right now!

    • notsuchayummymummy permalink*
      August 13, 2010 8:22 am

      There’s a bit of a review on it coming tomorrow! It’s brilliant!

    • August 13, 2010 6:59 pm

      I cried at the book pitch too! Can’t wait for your review, NSAYM! x

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