Elderflower Lemon Curd


I intentionally do not add the zest like I would in regular lemon curd in order not to overpower the subtle elderflower taste. It is important to remove as much of the green stems of the elderflowers, as they are not edible, and if foraging them, make sure that it's the flowers of black and not red elderflowers, and that they have not been sprayed with any chemicals. nThe curd is delicious on its own, or as a mini tart filling.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
3 cups


  • 1 good handful elderflower umbels (about 5)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces


  1. Gently shake elderflower umbels to remove any insects. Remove as much of the green stems as possible. The best way to do this is to strip them off the stems with your fingers into a bowl.

  2. Combine sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved in the warm liquid. Add elderflowers, turn off the heat, and let steep for 1 to 2 hours.

  3. Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a double boiler or a metal bowl placed over a saucepan with simmering water. Squeeze the elderflowers to extract as much of the liquid as possible.

  4. Add eggs to the double boiler and cook over simmering water, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until mixture coats the back of the spoon, about 10 minutes. Make sure to scrape over the bottom and the sides of the double boiler.

  5. Once mixture is thick, remove from the heat. If it seems a bit lumpy, strain it through a fine sieve again. Add butter and stir until fully dissolved. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate or freeze.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

476 Calories
28g Fat
53g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 476
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g 36%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 247mg 82%
Sodium 73mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 14mg 70%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 113mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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