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Meyer Lemon Curd

You will need seven cups of curd to complete Martha's Meyer Lemon Anniversary Cake.

  • yield: Makes about 3 1/2 cups




  • 16 large egg yolks
  • Zest of 4 Meyer lemons, plus 1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Step 1

    Whisk egg yolks, zest, lemon juices, and sugar in a medium-size, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat back of spoon, 8 to 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove from heat. Add salt and butter, whisking until smooth. Pour through a fine sieve into a medium bowl; discard solids. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until firm and cold, at least 1 hour and up to 1 day.

Martha Stewart Living, January 2006

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