Lemon Curd Filling

  • Yield: Makes 2 3/4 cups

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1997

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Whisk together egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture coats the back of a spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in butter, piece by piece. Add lemon zest, and let cool completely. Cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

  3. When you need the filling, chill a metal bowl and whisk in the freezer, then use to whip together cream and confectioners' sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold cream mixture into lemon curd; chill in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before using.

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