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Homemade lemon curd is fresh, zesty and easier to make than you might think, especially if using a microwave. This grown up recipe adds a twist with a dash of gin for an extra layer of flavour.
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Microwave Lemon Curd with Gin

Homemade lemon curd is fresh, zesty and easier to make than you might think, especially if using a microwave. This grown-up recipe adds a twist with a dash of gin for an extra layer of flavour.
Servings: 25 heaped spoons (about 2 cups)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins

Ingredients

  • 115 g unsalted butter
  • zest of 3 lemons - finely grated
  • 240 ml lemon juice
  • 260 g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tbs gin

Instructions

  • Zest the lemons before you cut them in half to juice them.
  • Place all the ingredients, apart from the gin, into a microwave safe bowl and cook on full power for 6 minutes.  
  • Cooking timings will vary - see the notes below.
  • Whisk thoroughly after every minute of cooking time until the curd has thickened - and will thickly coat the back of a spoon. 
  • Stir in the gin and cook for a further minute or two until thick. 
  • Strain through a sieve into small sterilized jars. Seal.

Notes

  • Timings will vary, depending on the power of your microwave, type of bowl and the starting temperature of your ingredients, and how much gin you add.  Keep going. Zap and stir.  The lemon curd will eventually set.
  • The curd will keep in the fridge for up to one month or freeze well.
  • It is much easier to zest the lemons before you juice them.
  • To get more juice from the lemons roll them on the worktop before squeezing, under the heel of your hand with a medium pressure.
  • Freeze the lemon rinds to use in your morning hot lemon water.
Nutritional Information
  • This recipe is 4 Weight Watchers Smart Points per portion
• Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
• Unless stated otherwise cup conversions have been made with an online tool. For accuracy please check with your favoured conversion tool. We recommend buying inexpensive digital kitchen scales.
Calories: 85kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 3.7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg