Monday, June 10, 2013

Lemon Curd Tarts



I've been wanting to make my own lemon curd and found this easy,  microwave recipe at King Arthur.  It took about 4 1/2 minutes in my microwave, but all microwaves vary.  I hope you give it a try.  I filled mini phyllo shells with the lemon curd and topped them with a squirt of whipped cream, a berry and a mint leaf.  It makes for a pretty presentation.  You could also mix some lemon curd with some whipped cream or Cool Whip and fill the shells for a creamy variation. 

Easy Microwave Lemon Curd

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 large, juicy lemons)
  • 1 cup sugar (I grated the rind from 2 of the lemons and combined with the sugar in a food processor, for an intense lemon flavor)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs

  DIRECTIONS                                

1) Combine all of the ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. To avoid bubble-overs, the contents should fill no more than 1/4 of the bowl; an 8-cup measure works well here.
2) Microwave the ingredients in 1-minute increments, removing from the oven and stirring to combine after each minute.
3) When curd starts to thicken; coats the back of a spoon; and starts to mound a bit as you stir, it's done. This will take anywhere from 4 to 10 minutes, depending on the strength/power of your microwave.
4) Stir the curd one more time, spoon it into a storage container, and refrigerate until firm.
5) Keep curd refrigerated for up to 3 weeks; freeze for longer storage.
Makes about 2 cups.



I'm having blackberry and sage infused water today in the garden, which was inspired by my candle, which is scented with the same things.  To make the water, crush some blackberries, add water and some fresh sage leaves, and infuse overnight.  It makes a beautiful pink color and is very refreshing for summer!


I added some pretty pink trim to my canning jar.  My lady vase is filled with some pink flowers, sage leaves and a couple of fern sprigs.
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27 comments:

  1. Hi Kitty,

    I don't think I have ever seen such ADORABLE looking tarts! They are picture perfect and I'm sure a treat for the palette! Will definitely give these a try; thanks for sharing!

    Poppy

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  2. Lovely, and the water sounds so refreshing. Love the lady vase, never saw one. xo

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  3. Kitty~ Beautiful tarts! This microwave lemon curd recipe sounds so easy, thanks for sharing it I'll definitely try it! Love your vase and your infused water~ it sounds so flavorful and refreshing!

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  4. What precious and delightful tarts! I love lemon!
    Jemma

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  5. Those look so yummy and you just can't beat the presentation...so pretty!

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  6. Your tarts look divine. I don't think I have ever made lemon curd - you make it sound very easy :) Pretty photos!

    Have a lovely week.

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  7. Your tarts are beautiful Kitty, great colors! I still haven't tried to make lemon curd but I know I'd love it! The microwave version sounds nice and easy-I likey:@)

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  8. I am soooo making this. Love quick and easy and this sounds perfect.

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  9. Very pretty and delicious tarts!!! Lovely!

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  10. Those tarts look so very good. The plate and the vase are gorgeous !!
    Have a great day.

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  11. I saw your photo on Pinterest before I got your blog post via email...just GORGEOUS!
    As usual, I'm printing off the recipe to put it into my "to try" pile, which grows bigger every time I visit here. Thanks!

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  12. Hi Kitty
    I could have sworn I left a comment before, I know I pinned the recipe and even bought lemons today.
    Thanks for sharing, lemon curd is a favourite of mine to spread on scones.
    Judith

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  13. I see that vase and laugh as I have one of those. I sold them some years back! These tarts look so pretty Kitty - wonderful for Afternoon Tea! So glad you shared them!

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  14. Your tarts look amazing! Will definitely have to try them! Also the blackberry and sage infused water! I've never tried that before. I like your cute little vase lady! Have a wonderful week!

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  15. Hi Kitty,
    Your lemon curd tarts are so delightful. That is a great recipe and very easy. I am going to try it for sure. Some recipes I have are much more complicated, and I like easy. ;) Thanks for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. Lemon curd is a favorite here. I'm going to make this for the weekend. Thanks!

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  17. Wow..this sounds sooo easy. I just bought a fresh jar of lemon curd ....I can just eat it with a spoon...:)
    Your photos are all so pretty.

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  18. Your tarts are lovely... Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. I cannot wait to try it. My family loves all things lime and lemon.

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  19. Hi Kitty,
    What adorable little tarts, I love your curd recipe. Hope you have a wonderful week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. Hello Miss Kitty,

    Don't these look festive and delicious.
    A perfect summer sweet. Thanks for
    sharing the recipe.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carolyn

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  21. Kitty Dear - you have SUCH a knack for adding special touches. Your little tarts are just so beautiful and inviting. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

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  22. Congrats on having your lovely tarts featured at Weekend Potluck!! (I would have been here sooner to tell you, but you probably know I was having problems with code...it's fixed now and I'm so thankful you stopped by). Enjoy a wonderful weekend.

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  23. These look so pretty and delicious! You will be one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  24. They look so pretty and yummy! Thank you for the recipe, I must try this!

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  25. I'm stopping over from Make It Pretty Monday. These look really easy, which is what I like! It would also be great for a July 4 treat.
    ~Erin @ Erin’s 2 Cents

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  26. Hi Kitty. Tarts are one of my favorite desserts and I love lemon curd. Have always only bought it. Excited to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  27. So pretty and looks delish. Glad to know you can microwave it and thanks for the recipe. Also nice to know you can freeze it.

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