Lemon curd is a very popular breakfast spread in England, made with tart lemons and eggs. Also called ‘lemon cheese’, it also can be made with lime or other fruits. It’s sort of like a custard so does not keep for that long, once made. Dating back to the mid 1800s, the recipe was sort of the precursor for the filling for today’s cheesecakes. It is mostly spread on bread or toast, but can also be used to top pancakes or steamed puddings. Some people also ripple it through ice-cream.
Vegan Lemon Curd (Addicted to Dates) is made with just 5 ingredients. Good for spreading on toast, or adding to biscuits and favourite desserts.
5-Ingredient Vegan Lemon Curd (Short Girl, Tall Order) is made in just 10 minutes. Use it to top pancakes, or use as cake filling or as the ‘custard’ in a lemon tart.
Vegan Blood Orange Curd (Anna Banana) uses sweet Spanish citrus fruits, for a curd that is ideal with breakfast pancakes or porridge, or use to fill a pie or biscuits. Good also on toast.
Easy Vegan Passionfruit Curd (Heartful Table) is thick, smooth and glossy, and ideal to use in a vegan trifle. It needs just 4 ingredients, and only takes 10 minutes to make.
These raspberry curd tarts (Lazy Cat Kitchen) are not just plant-based and delicious, but are also made with leftover ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. The ground almonds for the pastry base are from the leftover pulp used to make homemade almond milk. And the light whipped ‘meringue’ is made from aquafaba, which is made by whizzing up the leftover brine water from canned chickpeas. The pastry can be made with a palm-oil-free vegan butter or coconut oil, if you can’t find a brand in your local store. Keep fresh dough away from pets.
The raspberries can be fresh or frozen, so an ideal way to use up that glut of fruit that you picked at the PYO farm. Or use fresh from the garden. You could of course swap out the fruits and try whatever’s in season, from strawberries to blackberries to blueberries. Think of the different pretty coloured curds you could try out!
Where to Buy Vegan Lemon Curd
Plant Based Artisan Qurds (UK) are handcrafted in small batches to a loving recipe. In lemon or lime, these have a unique flavour, ideal paired with sourdough bread, cakes and crumpets.