Honey-Lemon Curd with Crème Fraîche

Honey adds richness to this tart lemon curd and eliminates the need for refined sugar—another off-limits ingredient for Bay Area locavores. Dede Sampson recommends serving this curd with crème fraîche and locally made shortbread cookies.


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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus 3 hr chilling

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  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, plus more for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • Crème fraîche, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a medium heatproof bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the whole egg, the lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of the lemon zest and the honey. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Set the bowl with the lemon mixture over the boiling water, reduce the heat to moderate and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 7 minutes. Remove the bowl from the heat and whisk in the butter. Pass the curd through a fine-mesh strainer into a medium bowl.

  2. Ladle the strained curd into 4 cups or ramekins. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the lemon curd to prevent a skin from forming; refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours. Top the curd with dollops of crème fraîche and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.

Make Ahead

The lemon curd can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Serve With

Shortbread cookies.

Contributed By Published February 2007

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