Eggless Lemon Curd From Elizabeth Falkner

February  5, 2020
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

Reprinted with permission from Genius Recipes by Kristen Miglore, copyright © 2015. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC. Photographs copyright © 2015 by James Ransom. —Genius Recipes

  • Prep time 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes about 2 1/4 cups (530ml)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest strips, about 1/8 inch (3mm) wide (from about 1 lemon)
  • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) fresh lemon juice (from 4 to 5 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch (2.5cm) chunks
  • 2 tablespoons agar agar flakes or powder (see Genius Tip)
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) sweetened condensed milk
In This Recipe
  1. Place the lemon zest on a cutting board and mound 1 teaspoon of the sugar on top. Cut the zest and sugar together with a knife, alternately chopping and rubbing the mixture with the flat side of the knife. Gradually the mixture will transform into a smooth paste.
  2. In a 2-quart (1.9L) or larger saucepan, combine the zest paste, remaining sugar, lemon juice, butter, and agar agar. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking continuously and taking care to get into the edges of the pan bottom with your whisk. After 4 to 5 minutes, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, until you are sure the agar agar is dissolved. Pour the mixture into a heatproof bowl, whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, and let cool at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  3. Genius Tip: Agar agar is a handy thickening agent derived from algae, and a vegan alternative to gelatin. Different brands can vary in their thickening power, but if your curd comes out too thick, simply rewarm it and whisk in a little water.

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