Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Chill Time
3 Hours
Yield
Makes about 1 1/3 cups

This melt-in-your-mouth soft custard is a traditional English favorite. With only five ingredients, this filling makes a flavorful, easy addition to a number of desserts.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring sugar, zest, and juice to a boil in a heavy nonaluminum 3 1/2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and gradually whisk about one-fourth hot juice mixture into egg yolks; add egg yolk mixture to remaining hot juice mixture, whisking constantly until well blended.

Step 2

Place saucepan over medium heat, and cook, whisking constantly, at least 10 or up to 12 minutes. (Mixture will be a pudding-like thickness.)

Step 3

Add butter, in 6 batches, whisking constantly until butter melts and mixture is well blended after each addition. Remove from heat, and pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on warm curd (to prevent a film from forming); chill 3 hours.

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