Do you have some store-bought or homemade lemon curd and aren’t sure what to do with it? Here are 20+ delicious uses for lemon curd to help you out!
When life gives you lemons, make lemon curd.
And when life gives you lemon curd? There are soooo many possibilities!
You can enjoy the luscious, silky, tangy custard on scones or toast, by the spoonful, or as an ingredient in a huge variety of desserts and even breakfast foods.
What do I do with lemon curd?
If you’ve made or been gifted some lemon curd and aren’t sure where to start, here are some basic ideas of how how to use it. It’s so versatile!
- As a topping: On scones, pancakes and waffles, ice cream, cheesecake, other cakes (Vanilla/white/lemon/nutty), cookies (ginger cookies are a great match), or even plain toast!
- As a filling: Between cake layers, in a tart, in a crepe, or as a filling for macarons and other sandwich cookies
- With a spoon: Layered in a parfait, or literally by itself out of the jar
- In a recipe: See this whole list below!!
What flavors go well with lemon curd?
Now you know what to do with it, but what flavors go well with lemon curd? Here are some common flavor pairings you’ll see.
- Lemon curd + Fresh berries
- Lemon curd + More lemon
- Lemon curd + Cheesecake (or other mild creamy cheeses like ricotta or mascarpone)
- Lemon curd + Almond or coconut
- Lemon curd + Vanilla or white chocolate
Uses for lemon curd in a parfait or layered dessert
You can, of course, just eat lemon curd straight out of the jar, but you can also layer it into a parfait or other fancy dessert and still get nice spoonfuls of tangy goodness!
Uses for lemon curd as a tart or pie filling
You can use lemon curd on its own it as a filling for tarts, or fold it in with various cheeses to create a tangy tart or pie filling!
Mascarpone Cream Cheese Berry Tart with Lemon Curd
I love how colorful this is! Puff pastry, mascarpone, lemon curd, and fresh berries sounds like a good dessert to me!
Uses for lemon curd as a filling for cookies and cakes
Lemon curd makes an excellent filling! It's great on its own between layers of cake, or you can mix it with ricotta or cream cheese for a more substantial filling. Here are a few examples!
Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd Filling and Lemon Buttercream
Lemon curd is a delicious alternative to frosting between layers of a cake! Just look at that glorious lemon curd oozing between these layers. I can almost taste it through the screen!
Easy Microwave Lemon Mug Cake with Lemon Glaze
When you have no sweets in the house (horror!) and want something quick for dessert that tastes like you spent the afternoon baking? Mug cakes are always the answer! This one has lemon curd mixed right into the batter, and a quick lemon glaze on top!
Uses for lemon curd in or on top of ice cream
The easiest thing you can do is put a big ol' dollop of lemon curd on top of some white chocolate or vanilla bean ice cream! But if you want to get a little fancier with it, check out these homemade ice cream recipes that have lemon curd swirled right in!
Uses for lemon curd in breakfast foods
Can't wait for dessert to indulge in a lemon curd-filled treat? Never fear! You can have it for breakfast too!
Uses for lemon curd in other treats
Because lemon curd is so versatile it cannot be limited into the above categories, here are some miscellaneous uses for lemon curd you won't want to miss either!
Coeur à la Crème au Citron et Lavande (Lemon-Lavender hearts with cream)
I've never seen a recipe like this! From the description, I envision it almost as a light, fluffy crustless cheesecake infused with tangy lemon and lavender flavors - served atop homemade berry sauce. This recipe requires special equipment (these heart-shaped molds with holes in the bottom, (affiliate link) or any mold with holes in the bottom!) but the result looks sooo worth it!
These are just a few of the many ways to use lemon curd to brighten up your desserts (and breakfasts)!
What’s your favorite way to use lemon curd? Let me know in the comments!