Lemon Custard: A Tart and Creamy Treat

Lemon Custard

Lemon custard is a classic dessert that combines the tangy flavor of lemon with the richness of the custard. It’s a versatile dish that can be served on its own or used as a filling for pies, tarts, and other pastries. This recipe will show you how to make a delicious lemon custard that’s sure to please your taste buds.


Ingredient Quantity
Egg yolks 4 large
Granulated sugar 1/2 cup
Cornstarch 2 tablespoons
Salt 1/4 teaspoon
Whole milk 1 1/2 cups
Heavy cream 1/2 cup
Fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup
Lemon zest 1 teaspoon
Unsalted butter 1 tablespoon


  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Gradually whisk in the milk and cream. Cook the mixture over medium-low heat, whisking constantly until it thickens and begins to boil about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and butter.
  3. Pour the custard through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean bowl. This will remove any lumps or bits of cooked egg.
  4. Pour the custard into a container and press plastic wrap directly onto the surface to prevent skin from forming. Refrigerate the custard until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  5. Serve the custard chilled, topped with fresh berries or a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired. Enjoy!


  • If you want to use the custard as a filling for pies, tarts, or in pastries like a lemon tart or lemon meringue pie, this recipe will make enough custard to fill a 9-inch pie or tart.
  • The recipe makes about 2 cups of custard.
  • To make it gluten-free, be sure to use cornstarch instead of flour.

Lemon custard is a delicious and easy-to-make dessert that’s perfect for any occasion. Its sweet and tangy flavor makes it a hit with both kids and adults, and it’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of desserts. Give this recipe a try and see for yourself how delicious lemon custard can be.

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