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Homemade Apple Curd

Yes, that is an actual thing.
I googled it and found recipes, so it must be real.

Apparently this year has been a bumper year for apples.
The harvest from our baby tree in the garden could not really be described as bumper, but we did actually have more than two apples this year, so hurray!
And it seems like everywhere I go, I see boxes and bags of apples at the bottom of people’s drives, laid out for anyone who wants them.
And I want them.
Three cheers for free food!


I’ve mostly been stewing them, and we’ve been munching our way through it for breakfast (topped with yoghurt and muesli is my favourite way at the moment), but I’ve also been using them in our fruit leathers, and have made apple cake, apple tart, and now, apple curd!
I know! Apple curd!

The recipe I found was this one here from All Recipes.

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I’m trying to ignore the fact that possibly the addition of nearly a whole pack of butter, and a LOT of sugar might mean that slathering this on my toast doesn’t count as one of my 5 a day.

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If I’m brutally honest, in a blind taste test, I would probably say this was slightly lumpy lemon curd. It does taste really quite lemon-y. But there is a definite undertone of apple there if you concentrate.
Does anyone know if the lemon is crucial for getting it to set? Or could I try without the lemon (or maybe halve the amount)?

Regardless of whether it tastes like apple curd, or lemon curd, it tastes pretty awesome, and I’ve been able to use up some apples. I seem to find it impossible to walk past a box of bag of apples going spare, and keep bringing more and more home.
If you have a favourite apple recipe, please do share to prevent the apples from taking over the lower floor of my house… (and I’ll do a round up post of everyone’s faves!)

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  • Reply Penny Tannehill November 12, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Last yr I learned how to make apple cider vinegar from our OVER abundance of apples. IT’S super easy & you can use your finished product in cooking, cleaning & homemade medicines!

    • Reply Jen November 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      I’ve been doing this too Penny! I use the cores to make vinegar and then use it as hair conditioner ????

  • Reply lesleygcooper November 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Hi Jen, when I was helping out on Cheap Family Recipes, Weezl devised an apple curd recipe. http://web.archive.org/web/20120906024008/http://www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/recipe-applecurd.html?opt=rall

    Site is only available on Wayback now. Much missed

    The recipe uses oil, which I wasn’t that keen on. Personally, I would use at least half butter.

    It isn’t the lemons that set a curd, it’s the eggs. On Thrifty Lesley, I have done several curds using all kinds of fruits. Cranberry was really nice and good for a hamper, although curds need to be kept cool and don’t keep as long as jams.


    Thought of lots of variations using different fruit, and I’ve even successfully tried a savoury one using olives

    good luck with all your apples, my little trees were bountiful this year so I using them in lots of things too.If you want to grow some, minarette trees only need 2 square feet of space with a reasonable amount of sun

    • Reply Jen November 24, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      Brilliant, thanks Lesley!

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