This delicious Strawberry Curd has an intense strawberry taste. It's creamy, delicious, and perfect for breakfast or as a filling for your next cake. If you've never made strawberry curd before you're looking for a way to use the bounty of strawberries available or even to keep from throwing out strawberries then you should make this yummy fruit curd.
This Strawberry Curd was one of the first recipes I made for my food blog. While I've updated the technique, the basic ingredients remain the same, including the usual fresh local strawberries.
One of the reasons I made it even though it was the very end of the season for local strawberries was because I had a broken wrist and needed an easy recipe to make and share. And thus my love affair with fruit curds was born.
This is my third version since I published the recipe. My original recipe contained cornstarch which I removed in the first revision. In this revision, I cook the strawberries before combining them with the other ingredients which produces a much thicker and better-tasting curd.
Why This Recipe Works
Fruit curds are so delicious and one of my favorite things to make. This recipe is made by cooking strawberries with sugar and lemon juice to intensify the flavor and then combining the cooked fruit with eggs and butter to produce a creamy luxurious fruit spread that tastes just like strawberries. If you're more of a traditionalist when it comes to curds check out my Lemon and Lime Curd recipes.
How to Pick the Right Strawberries
The first time I made it, Albion strawberries were available and they were really sweet. This version uses a local variety called Hood. They're smaller, juicier, and sweeter than the Albions and they produced a more intense strawberry flavor. When you try this recipe select a berry that you like to eat plain. Check out the local farmer's market because they usually have different berry varieties. Regardless of which you use, it will still taste like strawberries.
Strawberry Curd Ingredients
The basic recipe for this strawberry curd consists of five ingredients:
- Fresh Strawberries. The main ingredient for this recipe. If available use local sweet strawberries. Frozen strawberries can also be used.
- Fresh Lemon Juice. Provides a flavor boost to the strawberries and also helps thicken the curd.
- Granulated Sugar. Need for sweetness and for the curd to set as it cools. If using fresh fruit adjust the amount of sugar based on the natural sweetness of the fruit. See more information about this below and in the recipe card.
- Whole Eggs and Egg Yolks. Thickens the curd and provides the creamy texture associated with fruit curd.
- Unsalted Butter. Usually added at the end of the curd, the butter can actually help make the fruit flavor more pronounced. Do not use salted butter as it may contain too much salt for this recipe and make the curd taste salty.
How to Make Strawberry Curd
First hull (remove the green top) and cut up the strawberries. If using ripe local berries you can leave the pieces large as they will easily cook down into a nice puree. If using berries that slightly underripe (i.e. white centers) or a little firm cut them into smaller pieces so they cook down easier.
Place the strawberries, the sugar and the lemon juice and in a 4 quart saucepan, Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook the strawberries until they have broken down, are soft and some of the liquid is reduced. You may need to use a potato masher or stick blender if large piece remain.
Measure the strawberries in a heat-proof measuring cup. You should have 1-1/2 cups of strawberry puree. Let cool until the strawberries are barely warm. Pour the strawberry mixture back into the saucepan. Taste the mixture and add more sugar if you would like it sweeter or if it is too sour.
Add the whole eggs and egg yolks and whisk to combine. Cook the curd over medium heat until it's 185°F and thickened. Remove it from the heat and whisk in the unsalted butter one tablespoon at a time.
Strain the curve through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Cover the surface of the curd with plastic wrap and refrigerate immediately. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firm and thoroughly chilled.
Pro Tips for Making Fruit Curd
- Adjust the sugar according to the natural sweetness of the fruit. This recipe calls for 1/2 cup, but add more if it is especially tart. Add additional sugar 2 tablespoons at a time.
- Refrigerate the curd immediately to prevent bacteria from forming.
- Use a stainless steel pan or enamel-coated cast-iron pan to make the curd. If you use a reactive pan (i.e. aluminum) the acid in the curd may cause the reactive pan to react with the curd ingredients and give it a metallic taste.
Recipe - Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can freeze it for up to a year. Thaw it in the refrigerator for 24 hours before ready to use.
The curd will last for 3 weeks refrigerated. If you're not going to use it right away go ahead and freeze and thaw it when ready to use.
If your curd is runny, it's possible you didn't cook the curd long enough. Make sure you reach the right temperature.
If your curd is lumpy it might be pieces of cooked eggs. When you strain the curd make sure you use a fine mesh strainer to catch the small bits of eggs.
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- 1 pound (454 grams) fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar
- 2 (100 grams) whole large eggs
- 4 (80 grams) large egg yolks
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 5 Tbsp (70 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
- Place a medium-sized heat proof bowl with a fine mesh strainer near the stove.
- Remove the stems from the strawberries. Coarsely chop the strawberries and place them in a 4-quart saucepan with the sugar and lemon juice. Bring the strawberries to a boil and then reduce to medium heat. Cook the berries, stirring occasionally until they're reduced to 1-3/4 cups. About 7 minutes.
- If there are any pieces of strawberry left smash the strawberries or use an immersion blender to completely puree them. Taste the strawberries and add more sugar if you want it a little sweeter. Add additional sugar 2 tablespoons at a time until the desired level of sweetness is achieved, but be careful not too add too much as the curd is supposed to be a little tart.
- Cool the mixture to room temperature. Add the whole eggs, and egg yolks and salt. Whisk to combine the eggs and strawberries.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until it starts to thicken and reaches about 190 degree F, about 10-12 minutes. The final mixture will not be as thick as a traditional lemon curd, but will thicken a little more after it is refrigerated.
- Remove the pot from the heat, and add the butter one tablespoon at a time, whisking after each addition until the butter is thoroughly combined. Strain the curd into a bowl to remove the solids.
- Cover with plastic wrap by lightly pressing the plastic wrap onto the surface of the strawberry curd to keep a skin from forming as it cools. Place the curd in the refrigerator to cool for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight. The curd will thicken as it cools.
- The curd is good for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.