Key Lime Curd

Makes 3/4 cup


  • ½ cup sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons grated key-lime zest plus ¼ cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice (6 limes)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces


  1. Combine sugar, eggs, lime zest, and juice in a medium nonreactive saucepan, and set over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to thicken and holds the mark of the whisk, 10 to 12 minutes.

  2. Remove pan from heat, and whisk in butter, a piece at a time, until well combined. Strain mixture through a sieve into a glass bowl. Lay plastic directly on surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill 3 hours or overnight to set the curd.

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