Easy Lavender Lemon Curd

May 10, 2023

This Easy Lavender Lemon Curd is sweet, tart, slightly floral, buttery, and completely delicious! It’s a luscious dessert spread that’s super simple to make.

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Easy Lavender Lemon Curd jars dressed up with twine and fresh lavender, sitting on a wooden board with fresh lemons, lavender buds, and sprigs of artificial lavender.

Lemon is one of my favorite spring and summer flavors!  So is lavender.  And when you put the two together, magic happens!  Turns out, I’m not the only one in my family who loves lavender flavor combos.  My niece is a fan of lavender flavor combos as well!  The discovery was made over a pint of lavender ice cream she had so graciously shared with me.  From then on, I knew I’d have to share anything lavender I found – or made – with her!

That memory popped into my head recently when I decided to make another lemon and lavender concoction.  I wanted to make something I could share with my niece – tasty, but not overly complicated.  So I decided on lavender lemon curd.  It’s something easy enough to make, but versatile enough that she could use it however she wanted.

Two open jars of Easy Lavender Lemon Curd sitting on a wooden board with a lemon half and whole lemons.

What is Lavender Lemon Curd?

Lavender lemon curd is a lovely dessert spread with a custard-like thickness.  It’s rich and buttery.  The lavender gives it a slightly floral flavor that pairs well with the tart lemon.

It makes for a delicious spread for toast, scones, and biscuits.  It can also be used as a dessert filling for cakes, cookies, and tarts.  You can even use it as a topping for pancakes, waffles, and ice cream!  Or you might even be tempted to just dig in with a spoon!

Lavender Lemon Curd in a jar with a bamboo lid and fresh lavender tied onto the jar with twine.

Easy Lavender Lemon Curd

With Mother’s Day coming up, this lemon curd would also make an excellent food gift when given alongside baked goods.  Just spoon it into a jar, tie with a ribbon or twine, and a sprig of lavender (fresh or faux will do).

The first thing we need to do is beat our eggs together.  We’re using 3 egg yolks and 1 whole egg.  Once the yolks and egg are combined, pour them into a small saucepan.

With the eggs transferred to the pan, whisk in the sugar, lavender buds, lemon juice, and lemon zest.  Keep whisking everything together until it’s creamy.

Lavender lemon curd mixture being whisked with a metal whisk.

Now, we’re going to move the pan to the stovetop and heat over medium heat.  Keep whisking the mixture until it thickens, about 6-8 minutes.

Thickened Lavender Lemon Curd sticking to the back of a wooden spoon.

The mixture will be ready to be removed from the heat when it’s thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Butter cube being stirred into thickened Lavender Lemon Curd.

Remove the pan from the heat and begin to add the butter, one cube at a time, until incorporated.

Lavender Lemon Curd in a jar. Fresh lemons sit around the jar with sprigs of artificial lavender.

Then, strain the lavender lemon curd into a jar with an airtight lid.  Chill the lavender lemon curd in the fridge for at least an hour before using.

Easy Lavender Lemon Curd

Easy Lavender Lemon Curd

Ingredients

  • 3 egg yolks + 1 whole large egg
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tbsp. culinary grade lavender buds
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of 2 small lemons
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and whole egg together until combined.
  2. Transfer the egg mixture into a small saucepan. Then, whisk in the sugar, lavender buds, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Continue whisking until combined and the mixture becomes creamy.
  3. Place the saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens, about 6-8 minutes. The mixture will be ready to be removed from the heat once thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon.
  4. Once removed from heat, stir in the cubed butter, one cube at a time until incorporated.
  5. Strain the lavender lemon curd into a jar.
  6. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour before using. The lavender lemon curd will keep up to four weeks in the fridge.
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Easy Lavender Lemon Curd with open lid and fresh lavender tied with twine. Fresh lemons, lavender buds, and artificial lavender sit on a wooden board alongside it.

This lavender lemon curd recipe makes about two 5 oz. jars (I used Oui yogurt jars with bamboo lids) worth of spread. Keep it in the fridge to top and fill treats or share a jar with a loved one!

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