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Lemon Curd Recipe and Chocolate for Breakfast

After yesterday’s WIAW post, I got a lot of feedback and questions about the homemade lemon curd I mentioned on my breakfast cookie.  First of all, some people hadn’t heard of the breakfast cookie – and I can’t take credit for the Fitnessista’s grand invention.  Secondly, the lemon curd was homemade, but not by me.  My wonderful aunt made it and gave us some as a gift, so I e-mailed her for the recipe to share it with all of you.

This morning’s cookie was a triple chocolate indulgence topped with greek yogurt and banana.  I made it in a deeper dish than usual, but wouldn’t recommend it – they work best in a shallow bowl or dish to get an even consistency.

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I combined:

1/3 cup oats

1.5 Tbsp melted peanut butter

1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder

1 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/2 scoop chocolate Green Superfood

pinch salt

dash of vanilla

3 Tbsp soy milk

– Mushed all together and left in the fridge over night – topped this morning with 1/4 cup Fage 0% and 1/2 banana (forgive the awful lighting – my lovely cube!).

On to the recipe for this fabulous lemon curd – this is all that remains!

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Aunt J’s Lemon Curd (courtesy of Cooking Light):

1 cup + 2 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1/8 tsp salt

1 cup fresh lemon juice

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1) Combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in medium saucepan.

2) Add juice and eggs.  Bring mixture to a boil while whisking constantly.

3) Reduce heat and continue to stir until thickened, about 1 minute.

4) Remove pan from heat; add in butter and lemon rind, and stir until butter is melted. 

5) Cover and chill in refrigerator until completely cooled and thickened.

Makes about 1.5 cups.

Approximate nutrition for 1 tbsp serving: 35 calories, 1 g fat, 6g carbs, 0.5 g protein 

As you know I’ve enjoyed it on a plain breakfast cookie… but I’ve also been munching it with animal crackers, on muffins, and toast.  Everyone thought that the homemade curd sounded extravagant, but it’s really a simple recipe!

Do you have any simple recipes that fool others into thinking you’ve slaved in the kitchen for hours?

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17 responses to “Lemon Curd Recipe and Chocolate for Breakfast

  1. hungryhealthyhappy May 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    That does look easy! I usually just buy lemon curd from TJ’s, but I think I could do this recipe! People always seem to think homemade ravioli or egg rolls are so hard, but it’s really just a matter of assembling them! I also make individual lava cakes that my family raves over, but they’re so super easy! 🙂

  2. Ada May 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    In my opinion chocolate is a total necessity every single morning:) That lemon curd looks amazing, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. Shanna, like Banana May 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Haha, I do 😉 I make some (“out of this world”) blondies that people can’t figure out, but they’re a super easy recipe.

    Same for my pumpkin soup.

  4. ihearteggs May 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Simple, but tasty looking!!!

    My coworker loves my banana bread muffins I make her… she thinks they take so long to make but honestly, SO EASY! ahaha

  5. Tiff May 19, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Yup. People think my lasanga has more to it, but it’s fairly simple. I love those kinds of recipes!

  6. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish May 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    The moment I read the title of this post, I became giddy! I absolutely adore lemon curd! My grandma used to make large batches at Christmas and give jars as gifts. Her version was rich though (I believe the recipe calls for 1/4 lb. butter!), so I’m loving the Cooking Light version you posted here. I think I’m going to make a batch tonight!

    Happy Thursday!

  7. emily (a nutritionist eats) May 19, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Can you taste the green super food in your breakfast cookie?! I’m intruiged! 🙂

  8. allieksmith May 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    YUM! Simple, tasty, and original! Perfect 🙂

  9. Alexa @ Simple Eats May 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Ah lemon curd sounds amazing! People think I worked forever when I make homemade tomato sauce, but it only takes about half an hour!

  10. Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) May 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    That’s a great question – people always think my go-to brownie recipe takes hours, but it’s literally a 10 minute (at the max) process before baking.

    Your b-fast cookie looks good; I haven’t had one in forever because I’m all about the cookie dough cereal these days. 🙂

  11. kristina@beancakes May 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    i think i’ll have what you’re having for breakfast! and no, i don’t think that i can fool anyone with my all-too-simple-recipes. maybe i’m doing something wrong?! 😉

  12. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 19, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Love those breakfast cookies! I’m excited for hot weather so I can eat overnight oats every day. 🙂

    My easy recipe: peanut butter “fudge” around the holidays. You just mix a jar of PB and a jar of icing. Melt, mix, and refrigerate. Then give some away so they you don’t eat the entire thing yourself!

  13. Jenny May 19, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Love the lemon curd, I think anything would pair up great with Gina’s cookie. Maybe I’ll make one again for tomorrow ;D

  14. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 20, 2011 at 12:31 am

    ohh man! Both the cookie and the lemon curd look amazing! What a wonderful idea to combine the creamy yogurt, chocolate cookie, and lemony curd mmm mmm! 🙂

  15. inspirehealth16--Suzanne Williams May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I like simple. I’m not a cook, so it is nice to try simple things that taste amazing.
    Suzanne

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