Lemon Curd Tarts

Well I did it, I finally made homemade lemon curd!  I grew up eating lemon curd, even going to Scottish festivals in Los Angeles where lemon curd was one of the main attractions.  California may be a seriously screwed up state, but there is always something fun to do!  At some point in time, I started buying lemon curd in jars, and didn’t really think much of it.  I will never purchase a jar again, the real deal is so much better!

Lemon Curd Tarts | cookingwithcurls.com

In late 19th and early 20th century England, homemade lemon curd was traditionally served with bread or scones at afternoon tea as an alternative to jam, and as a filling for cakes, small pastries and tarts. I could not think of a better dessert to serve to this month’s Scottish imaginary date…..

Gerard Butler pink shirt

I have no idea why he is wearing a pink shirt and leather kilt, and I don’t really care, lol

So back to the lemon curd, and these insanely delicious Lemon Curd Tarts!!  They are much easier to make than you are probably expecting, and so worth the effort…..

Lemon Curd Tarts | cookingwithcurls.com | #recipe

Bring 1-inch of water to a boil in a large pot.  Place eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and sugar in a large stainless steel bowl {or double boiler} and whisk together…..

Lemon Curd Tarts eggs cookingwithcurls.com

Place bowl on top of boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally until thickened…..

Lemon Curd Tarts boil cookingwithcurls.com

Mixture will be ready when it coats the backside of a spoon, and leaves a tunnel when you run your finger through it…..

Lemon Curd Tarts spoon cookingwithcurls.com

It takes about 5 to 7 minutes, and looks thicker in person.  Remove from heat and whisk in butter…..

Lemon Curd Tarts butter cookingwithcurls.com

Continue whisking until butter is melted and mixture is smooth.  Pour into a sealed container and chill in the refrigerator…..

Homemade Lemon Curd | cookingwithcurls.com

While the lemon curd is chilling, preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner and set aside. Pull puff pastry shells OR 1 puff pastry sheet out of package and place on a floured work surface…..

Lemon Curd Tarts puff pastry cookingwithcurls.com

I only had puff pastry sheets, but they turn out exactly the same…trust me. 😉  Remove the separators from the puff pastry and fold dough back together on it’s self.  Use a 2 and 3/4 inch round cutter to cut out circles…..

Lemon Curd Tarts circles cookingwithcurls.com

Now use a 1 and 3/4 inch cutter to “mark” the centers of each circle.  You don’t want to cut all the way through, you just want to score the dough about 3/4’s of the way through…..

Lemon Curd Tarts centers cookingwithcurls.com

Prick the center’s of each circle 3 or 4 times with a knife so the dough can vent while baking…..

Lemon Curd Tarts prick cookingwithcurls.com

Repeat with the second sheet of dough and place on prepared baking sheet…..

Lemon Curd Tarts bake cookingwithcurls.com

Bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown…..

Lemon Curd Tarts baked cookingwithcurls.com

I gently pushed down that shell int the back corner so it wasn’t tilted. 🙂  The shells will shrink down slightly as they cool, so don’t worry too much about it.  Place shells on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

Use a sharp paring knife to cut around the inner circle and remove the top…..

Lemon Curd Tarts cut cookingwithcurls.com

Dust with sifted powdered sugar…..

Lemon Curd Tarts dust cookingwithcurls.com

and fill with lemon curd…..

Lemon Curd Tarts | cookingwithcurls.com | #scorpio

You will have more lemon curd that you need to fill 6 shells, so keep a spoon handy to finish off the leftovers. 😉

Homemade Lemon Curd | cookingwithcurls.com | #recipe

So there you have it, another Cooking with Astrology Scorpio in the bag!  Here is the entire meal:

Cooking with Astrology #Scorpio 2014 | cookingwithcurls.com

Rusty Nail Cocktail  –  Split Pea Soup  –  Cornish Pasties  –  Lemon Curd Tarts

Here is last year’s meal:

Cooking with Astrology #Scorpio | cookingwithcurls.com

Moroccan Butternut Squash Soup  –  Chicken Tagine with Olives & Lemons

Moroccan Orange Cake  –  Avocado & Date Smoothie

And one last look at our imaginary date…..

Gerard Butler leather jacket

You can find your sun sign’s meal on my Cooking with Astrology Pinterest Board:

Follow Cooking with Curls’s board Cooking with Astrology on Pinterest.


Lemon Curd Tarts

Serves 6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Lemon Curd Tarts - Puff Pastry Shells filled with Homemade Lemon Curd create the perfect dessert.


  • Lemon Curd
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 Whole organic eggs
  • 2 organic eggs, yolks only
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Package Pepperidge Farms puff pastry sheets or shells


To make the Lemon Curd:
Bring 1 -inch of water to a boil in a large pot.
Whisk together eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and sugar in a large stainless steel bowl, or double boiler.
Place over boiling water and cook, stirring occasionally until mixture thicken and coats the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and whisk in butter, whisking until thoroughly melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour lemon curd into a sealed container and place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.
For the Tarts:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat liner.
Bake for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.
Place on a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before filling.
Cut out the centers to make shells hollow, and dust with sifted powdered sugar.
Fill with lemon curd and serve.

This recipe will be partying at these link parties!


  1. ana says

    I just made your lemon curd the other day and it was delicious! How long does it last in a jar in the refrigerator?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge