Lemons are an amazing ingredient that can be used for both sweet and savory dishes. In this particular case though, we’re just going to be talking about sweet things!
One of the most popular dessert choices when it comes to lemons is, of course, lemon curd.
You can enjoy lemon curd in so many different ways. You can spread it on toast, you can bake it into a tart, or if you’re feeling really rebellious, you can simply enjoy a spoonful or two of it straight from the jar!
If you absolutely love lemon curd and you want to get more of a varied use out of it, then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve put together a list of 23 lemon curd desserts that are simple to make and taste absolutely divine!
So let’s jump straight into that list and see what this incredibly zesty curd has to offer!
Before you can make these amazing desserts, you should probably know how to make lemon curd with confidence!
This recipe is super simple to make, and the main ingredient you need to remember to add is eggs. Believe it or not, people sometimes forget to add them!
You can find the full recipe for this lemon curd here
Kicking off the list, we have these delicious strawberry shortcakes & lemon curd parfaits. The strawberry pairs beautifully with the lemon to give you a fantastically sweet taste.
Not only does this dessert taste fantastic, but it also has an amazing presentation. If you’re looking for a tasty dessert to impress your dinner guests with, this is the recipe for you.
You can find the full recipe for this strawberry shortcake & lemon curd parfait here
These mini lemon meringue pies are perfect for parties. They are small enough that you’ll keep coming back for more, and you don’t need to use a knife and fork to eat them!
You can use homemade or store-bought lemon curd for these bite-sized treats and they will taste absolutely sublime either way.
You can find the full recipe for these mini lemon meringue pies here
Super simple to make, these lemon curd tarts are a classic dessert made with puff pastry, so they will absolutely melt in your mouth!
If you’re after a dessert that tastes both sweet and tangy, then this is a great choice for you to make.
You don’t need many ingredients either, so you’ll be eating these beautiful tarts in no time at all.
You can find the full recipe for these lemon curd tarts here
Fruity and delicious, this fruit tart includes lemon curd as an ingredient, giving it a beautiful tang that really compliments the fruit of your choice.
The filling also includes cream cheese and whipped cream, so it will be beautifully creamy with the perfect amount of zest from the curd.
It’s also completely gluten-free, so if you have any specific dietary requirements, this tart will be perfect for you.
You can find the full recipe for this gluten-free tart with lemon curd here
These mini Meyer lemon tarts are similar to the lemon curd tarts, but instead of puff pastry, they are made with a shortbread crust.
Not only do these mini lemon tarts taste fantastic, but they are also incredibly cute thanks to their small size! These are another great choice for any parties or get-togethers you might be hosting or attending.
You can find the full recipe for these mini Meyer lemon tarts here
Paired with homemade lemon curd, these almond cakes are absolutely delicious.
The inclusion of ricotta in this dish really makes the whole dessert nice and creamy, and the berries make everything extra sweet.
This almond cake is bursting with lots of beautiful flavors that will leave you feeling amazing after every bite.
You can find the full recipe for this almond lemon curd cake here
If you absolutely LOVE lemons, then look no further than this absolutely delightful lemon cake!
Each layer of this cake has lemon in it, and in the middle, the lemon curd is absolutely oozing out of the sides. This lemon cake is a great choice for anyone who loves the bitter-sweet taste of this zesty fruit.
You can find the full recipe for this lemon cake with lemon curd filling here
Sometimes, fancy isn’t what you need, sometimes what you need are fun and comfort. These lemon cupcakes are super easy to make and they will remind you of your childhood.
They are super soft and will absolutely melt in your mouth. The zesty alone will make you want to come back for more!
You can find the full recipe for these lemon cupcakes here
Mug cakes are really fun because they are quick and easy to make, and usually taste delicious. This lemon mug cake is no exception to that rule!
You mix the lemon curd right into the batter, and because it’s a mug cake, it will take you no longer than 4 minutes to make! You’ll be basking in the lemony flavors in absolutely no time at all.
This is the perfect dessert when you’re looking for something quick and simple to make that still tastes absolutely delicious.
You can find the full recipe for this microwave lemon mug cake here
Loaf cakes are an incredibly popular dessert because they are so versatile and easy to make. You can put practically anything in them, and this version has a lot of lemon curd in the recipe.
The main thing you have to watch out for when making a loaf cake is making sure it isn’t dry.
The trick to keeping it nice and moist in this recipe is putting the lemon curd in the middle.
You won’t have to worry about this loaf cake drying out thanks to the placement of the lemon curd!
You can find the full recipe for this lemon curd loaf cake here
Croissants are another great dessert choice because you can pair them with practically anything and lemon curd is absolutely no exception!
This recipe is similar to bread pudding, so if you enjoy that dish, you’ll definitely love this croissant bake.
A great trick you can use to make it taste even better is to use stale brioche.
It might sound a bit weird, but the stale brioche is able to soak up a lot more of the filling, which will, in turn, make the whole dish taste better.
To make sure the moisture is absorbed, even more, cut the croissants in to cubes. Once you’ve tried this croissant bake, you’ll find yourself making it again and again.
You can find the full recipe for this blueberry & lemon croissant bake here
Vegans rejoice! Here’s a lemon curd recipe that you can enjoy… and it doesn’t include any eggs!
Instead of eggs, you’ll be using cornstarch and agar, which helps to thicken up and set the lemon curd, and it still tastes absolutely delicious.
Just because you’re following a vegan diet, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy lemon curd or cheesecake anymore.
You can find the full recipe for this vegan lemon cheesecake here
If you’ve never tried lemon shortbread ice cream, this is a sign that you definitely need to! The beauty of this recipe is that you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it.
You can choose between homemade lemon curd or you can use store-bought and it will still taste incredible.
Ice cream lovers everywhere won’t be able to get enough of this lemon shortbread-flavored ice cream.
You can find the full recipe for this no-churn lemon shortbread ice cream here
If you really love tangy flavored things, then these lemon ricotta crêpes are absolutely perfect for you.
On top of the zesty flavor, the lemon curd will give you, the raspberry sauce drizzled on top will send your taste buds into an absolute frenzy!
The inclusion of the ricotta cheese also makes this dish incredibly creamy as well, so you won’t be able to get enough of it.
You can have these crêpes for dessert after your main meal, or you can spice up your breakfast menu and have them then instead.
You can find the full recipe for these lemon ricotta crêpes with raspberry sauce here
These mini pavlovas are one of those dishes you’ll wish you discovered sooner once you’ve actually tried them.
The pavlovas themselves are incredibly airy, so you won’t feel uncomfortable after you’ve indulged in them, and the lemon curd pairs absolutely beautifully with them.
On top of this, you’ll also add some fresh berries and whipped cream to the mix.
The whipped cream is better when it’s homemade, but if you don’t have the time, store-bought still works really well!
You can find the full recipe for these mini pavlovas with lemon curd here
We couldn’t make a list of dessert recipes without including some brownies! And yes, lemon curd works incredibly well in a brownie recipe!
The chocolate is incredibly rich and the lemon curd is incredibly zesty, so this is a bit more of an intense dish in terms of flavor.
Some people might find the pairing a bit too much, but those who love it, absolutely love it.
You’ll have to test out these fudgy brownies for yourself and decide if the pairing works for your tastebuds!
If you love chocolate and you love lemon curd though, you should definitely enjoy these brownies.
You can find the full recipe for these super fudgy chocolate brownies with lemon curd here
Another vegan recipe you should definitely try is this lemon meringue pie is actually considered to be one of the best vegan meringue pies out there.
Instead of eggs, you’ll be using aquafaba which is whisked in with cream of tartar.
As you slowly add in some sugar, the mixture will turn thick and glossy, and it’ll be ready to add to the overall dish.
This meringue pie is absolutely delicious as well. Once you’ve made it for the first time, you’ll find yourself coming back to this recipe again and again.
You can find the full recipe for this vegan lemon meringue pie here
Mousse is a great dessert because it’s incredibly versatile and easy to make.
You can make so many different flavors of mousse and you don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen getting it ready.
This lemon curd mousse is of course no exception to that rule, and it tastes absolutely incredible. And when we say it’s easy to make, we really mean it!
This is the perfect dessert for you to make when you’re looking for a last-minute recipe that tastes absolutely amazing and is sure to keep any dinner guests or family members you serve it to satisfied.
You can really add more to this dessert by adding a sprinkle of graham crackers or even some crushed bits of fruit.
Experiment with your favorite toppings until you find one that fits with this mousse perfectly.
You can find the full recipe for this lemon curd mousse here
This yogurt fruit dip is absolutely perfect for parties because you can make a big bowl of it and share it with your guests.
It pairs especially well with pieces of fruit put on skewers and it is an incredibly light yogurt dip, so you won’t be feeling too full to move after you’ve satisfied your sweet tooth.
Though the recommended fruits are raspberries and blackberries, you can really experiment with whichever fruits you’d like when it comes to this dip.
Remember, the inclusion of lemon curd will make the yogurt itself taste very zesty and creamy, so when it comes to picking the best fruits, think about how they’d pair with the lemon!
Another beautiful addition to this recipe is mascarpone cheese, which really brings out the creaminess even more.
Once you’ve tried this yogurt fruit dip, you’ll find it will become a staple dish that you use again and again.
You can find the full recipe for this yogurt fruit dip with lemon here
Coconut works with almost anything and the same can definitely be said with lemon curd.
These lemon curd and coconut marshmallows are incredibly light and fluffy, and they are small enough that you’ll be able to eat multiple in one sitting.
The coconut really compliments the lemon curd well, and the fluffiness of the marshmallows gives this whole dessert a lovely and light texture that is sure to leave you wanting more.
You do have to exercise a bit of patience when you’re making this dish, especially if you want the marshmallows to come out top quality, but we can assure you that it’s totally worth that extra bit of patience!
You can find the full recipe for this lemon curd and coconut marshmallows here
This recipe is an interesting one because it follows the paleo diet.
The paleo diet is basically a diet that eliminates any processed foods and is only made out of natural foods and ingredients.
It sounds a bit strange, but these paleo lemon curd cookies are actually incredibly delicious.
They are made from almonds, arrowroot, and maple syrup, and they also include coconut oil that works as a sort of binding.
On top of being paleo diet friendly, they are also gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and vegan, so they can be eaten by anyone, regardless of dietary needs.
You can find the full recipe for these paleo lemon curd sandwich cookies here
And finally, we have this absolutely delicious berry tart, which includes mascarpone cream cheese and lemon curd.
The mascarpone cream cheese pairs with the berries beautifully, making this entire dish incredibly creamy and sweet.
The lemon curd then adds a nice little kick of zest that will definitely ignite the fires in your tastebuds and leave your mouth watering.
This berry tart is also made with puff pastry, so it will be incredibly light and crumbly with each bite. If you’ve never experienced a berry tart before, this is honestly the perfect one to start with.
You can find the full recipe for this mascarpone cream cheese berry tart with lemon curd here
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Homemade Lemon Curd Last?
Homemade lemon curd can last as long as four weeks, but you must ensure it’s stored in an airtight container.
You can also freeze lemon curd to make it last longer, ensuring you leave 1/2-inch of room on the top in the container.
Why Has My Lemon Curd Turned Green?
Sometimes your lemon curd will turn green if you use an unlined copper pan or an aluminum pan.
Once the lemons are added to the pan, their acid will start to react to the copper or aluminum in your pan, and this can cause your lemon curd to turn green.
Can You Overcook Lemon Curd?
Yes, you can overcook lemon curd. You will know it’s overcooked because it will be lumpy instead of smooth.
How Do You Reduce The Bitterness In Lemon Curd?
If your lemon curd dish is too bitter after cooking, you can add a few different things to sweeten it.
Popular choices include ice cream or whipped cream, 1 to 2 tablespoons of honey, sugar or syrup, and marmalade.
There is honestly so much you can do with lemon curd.
From baking a tart to making ice cream, if you follow the recipes we’ve included on this list, there will be absolutely no shortage of desserts you can make.
A lot of these desserts include fruit and that means if you’re feeling adventurous enough, you can mix and match the fruits to suit your own personal palette.
Once you’ve tried these dishes, you’ll be wondering why you’ve never had them before.
From the various vegan lemon curd dishes to the many bite-sized recipes we’ve included, there is just so much lemon curd has to offer.
Try some of these desserts today and see how quickly you can whip up a fantastic dessert that is all about lemon curd!