Quick Lime Curd

by Eddy Van Damme on June 6, 2011


For plated desserts I very much make sure that the various elements are not too scattered, preventing the consumer of having to “work” at the dessert (Ensuring that every bite has a good balance). Most of us like desserts which are multi layered with zero effort during the consumption. For example take an éclair. The perfect layering and understated elegance is the reason why I believe it is a classic worldwide. Desserts in a glass (or verrine) can be perfectly balanced as well and are also very easy to consume. The components consisting of a little crunch, something soft, something smooth, textures of fruit, a touch of sorbet, all coming together in one and all the consumer has to do is dig in with a spoon. Another major benefit to a dessert in a glass is that the creams, curds etc it contains, can be made with none or little gelatin or other thickeners. It’s fair to say that everyone prefers soft, creamy fillings over firmer gelatinized ones.

This lime curd is one of my personal favorites. It does not require a long cooking time over a double boiler and has a silky smooth texture.


  1. Place a round disk of genoise or sponge cake on the bottom of the glass.
  2. Moisten the cake generously with raspberry liquor flavored simple syrup.
  3. Cover with a small amount of lime curd and sprinkle with fresh berries and sesame seed nou gatine.
  4. Cover with remaining curd and allow to set for a few hours. Decorate with berries, sesame seed nougatine and raspberry sorbet.


Quick Lime Curd | Quick lemon curd

This recipe is from On Baking and is published with permission from Pearson prentice Hall

We featured this curd in the first edition of On Baking and remains one of my favorite recipes. It is quick to make and has a good balance of sweet and sour. For a less sour taste reduce the fruit juice and replace with water.

Yield: 1 lb 4 oz (619 g) About 8 glasses. If used for a lime or lemon tart it makes enough for a 9 inch (22 cm) European style tart ring)

½ cup 4 oz Lime or lemon juice 120 g
¾ cup + 1 tbsp 6.5 oz Extra fine granulated sugar 195 g
2 teaspoons 0.14 oz zest 4 g
2 large 4 oz Eggs 120 g
1.5 sticks 6 oz Unsalted butter, very soft 180 g


  1. Bring the fruit juice with half the sugar to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl whisk the eggs with the remaining sugar until well combined but not mixed to a thick ribbon.
  3. Temper the egg mixture with a third of the boiling above. Pour the tempered mixture into the boiling juice and whisk vigorously until boiling and thickened, about a minute. (For large batches increase the boiling time)
  4. Remove from heat and cool on an ice bath to 120°F (50°C)
  5. Add the butter in increments, stirring well with a spatula or add the butter using an immersion blender.
  6. Use immediately in glasses, tart shells etc.






13 comments on “Quick Lime Curd

  1. Diana Wallace on said:

    Gorgeous! This looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try! Great job!

  2. Delicious as always.

  3. Hilary Adams on said:

    Haven’t made any curds in a while and have been thinking about what I should make in the kitchen. This would be perfect! AND I have everything I need on hand! Thanks, Chef Eddy!! ;0)

  4. Darienne on said:

    Thanks for this great recipe, Chef Eddy. I am currently having this love affair with all things lime, and this is a good addition to my repertoire.

  5. I want to try this dessert in a glass cup… This dessert looks like a yogurt type mix with a breakfast crispy chip.

  6. Hilary Adams on said:

    I have used this recipe for both lemon and lime curds, as well as the passion fruit variation, and this “quick” version has an amazing flavor! I use this one in tarts (even though it is a softer set), but use the one-step version (lime and lemon) when I need to fill gerbet macarons, since it sets a little bit better.

    Are there any other variations I can try with this recipe? I know that there is an orange bergamot variation in the book, and I’m assuming that grapefruit would work equally well. But, are there other fruits that will work well if I use the purees? Or are curds specifically needing the acidity of citrus to behave properly?

    A million thanks for your help! ;0)



  7. Eddy Van Damme on said:

    Hi Hilary,
    Great hearing from you!
    It is the citrus juices that work best with this curd. If you are looking to use fruit purees such as raspberry, blackberry, black or red currant you may consider preparing a cremeux https://chefeddy.com/2011/02/strawberry-tarts-with-cassis-cremeux/. That will give an exceptional result.
    My best, Eddy.

  8. Ben Davenport on said:

    Chef Eddy,

    The fresh Raspberry and Black Berries are a nice contrast in flavor agaist the lime.

    Ben Davenport

  9. Szu wang on said:

    I made lime curd before at home myself. It came out just ok. I will tryvthis recipe. Thanks chef eddy

  10. Roslen Hamilton on said:

    I enjoyed this recipe. The flavors go well together. There is a sweet yet tart taste. Also I love your presentation. You put just a tad bit of green to add to the colors that you already had but not too much green. I just love it! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Renae Holman Murti on said:

    The lemon trees the garden at my children’s school are bursting right now. We’ve been trying to figure out how to use them, especially in a way that other families could enjoy. Can this recipe be jarred?

  12. Renae Holman Murti on said:

    Now to find the recipe for sesame nougat one on this site. In India they make a dessert with sesame seeds called Chicci. It tends to be a bit hard for my liking. This could be a good substitution.

  13. Ashly Willis on said:

    The lime curd used in a tart was the best tart i have ever had.

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