Wednesday, June 15, 2011

English Lemon Curd Recipe & English Cooking Class

Lemon tarts and mincemeat tarts.

Recently I attended an English Cooking class. We studied the history of English High Tea and made various sweet and savory teatime treats. We made lemon tarts, strawberry jam tarts, mincemeat tarts, cucumber finger sandwiches, and others. What fun! At the end of class we ate our creations, served with a satisfying cup of tea of course! My favorite was the yummy lemon tarts. 

The delicious lemon filling is called English Lemon Curd and is not hard to make. Lemon curd is thick, like a jam or spread and very lemony. It's wonderful in pastry-tart shells or spread on muffins or quick breads. The recipe below is from an old bed and breakfast cookbook of mine. Enjoy!

English lemon curd

English Lemon Curd
4 eggs, beaten
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon rind
8 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in the top of a double boiler. Cook over boiling water, stirring often, until thickened...about 20 minutes. Place in clean jars. Seal and store in the fridge. Makes 1 1/2 pints.

Finger sandwiches and strawberry jam tarts


  1. I love lemon curd, though I usually make it with limes! Looks like a fabulous class... and your creations are very pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Lemon Curd really is delicious. And I see your sandwiches are vegetarian as they should be by tradition.
    I always think of afternoon tea as being from an era when we (well at least the upper classes) had a lot more time on our hands. It is oh so civilized.

  3. Actually, we also made tea sandwiches with thin slices of pressed beef tongue. I don't believe they are in the pics. Omigosh! You haven't lived until you've seen a whole cow's tongue cooking on top of the stove. The teacher took it out of the hot water and set it in front of me to remove the outer skin. I could not do it, eek! *smile*

  4. Love the simplicity of lemon curd recipes and yours looks fabulous. My favorite is spreading it on toast in the mornings! Happy Cooking!

    -Karriann Graf

  5. The lemon curd recipe was very useful. Thanks for sharing. Lovely presentation!

  6. I've always wanted to try to make this. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog so I could come back here and check you out! Can't wait to give this a try.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  7. Lemon Curd adds a nice touch to homemade whip cream (about 2 heaping tablespoons and a little sugar) which I add as a topping to Jello!