Searching for a fruit spread recipe for your morning toast or pancakes? I highly recommend this easy, homemade apple curd recipe. It is super creamy, delicious and made with fresh apple, brown sugar and cinnamon.
Apple Curd Recipe
For me, this is a dessert; it is one of those dishes that seem fancy and difficult but, in reality, are really simple to make. Making this dish is as easy as mixing a few ingredients in the kitchen, and voila! You have something delightful to top everything from pies to bread to ice creams!
The recipe is incredibly easy, calls for few ingredients and doesn't require any special tools. It is also the best way to use the apple coming out of your garden or if you have an extra apple in your fridge. AND it makes an excellent suitable gift for family and neighbours.
This curd is made uses only ¼ cup of sugar which makes it healthier, but equally tasty, if not tastier, substitute to jam. It is also vegan and gluten-free.
Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Apples. I used Granny Smith apples cut into small chunks; I actually prefer to use this slightly tart apple to balance the sweetness of the sugar. If you use sweet apples such as Gala or Red Delicious, I recommend reducing the sugar by 1-2 tablespoons. Also, choose apples that are firm and crisp.
Cinnamon. Adding Cinnamon will give your Curd the zest of spices and a rich aroma. You can substitute cinnamon with pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg or mixed spice.
Lemon Juice and Zest. Other than adding the lemon-y tang to your Curd, Lemon also helps keep it fresh and prevents your apples from going brown.
Corn Starch (mixed with 2 tablespoon water). Also known as Cornflour, Corn Starch helps set the Curd. It gives this dish a thick texture. I use 1 ½ tablespoons of corn starch.
Pro Tip: The consistency of my apple curd is perfect, not super thick or thin, just perfect for spreading on top of anything. However, to make your Curd thicker, add ½ teaspoon more cornstarch, and if you would like it to be thinner, just reduce ½ teaspoon of cornstarch.
Brown Sugar. It will add hints of caramel flavour to your Curd. The darker your sugar, the more complex the flavour will be, and the darker will be the Curd. However, I used light brown sugar.
Tip: To make sugar-free apple curd, just replace the brown sugar with sweetener.
Vanilla Extract. It would be better if you go for the Vanilla Extract paste. Even though it is more expensive than Liquid Vanilla Extract, it has a more authentic flavour and less sugar.
Butter. I used unsalted butter to help the Curd to set and give that buttery taste. To make this Curd vegan or dairy-free, use vegan butter or coconut oil.
Now let us get into the full-fledged autumn mood and make some good ol’ Apple Curd to go with your tea time bread.
How To Make Apple Curd?
One: Wash and peel the apples, remove the core, then cut into small pieces.
Two: In a saucepan, add apples, Cinnamon, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water.
Three: Stir everything and bring to a simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the apples have softened completely.
Four: Remove from heat; transfer to a sieve, and use a spoon to press the apples through the sieve into another pan.
Five: In a small cup, combine corn starch with water, stir well until corn starch is fully dissolved.
Six: Pour the corn starch mixture and brown sugar into the apple mixture, add vanilla, stir well.
Seven: Now, bring the mixture to a simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
Pro Tip: Don't overcook the curd otherwise, it will turn out grainy. Dip a spoon into the mixture and check if it coats the spoon. If it does, and you are able to draw a line through it with your finger, your curd is pretty much ready.
Eight: Remove from the heat, add the Butter, stir until combined, and let it cool then store in a sterilised glass jar.
- Make sure that the Curd cools down a little before you add the Butter.
- Cover the curd with a cling wrap or a plastic wrap and press it gently onto the surface. This will avoid skin formation on the top.
- You can substitute apples with fruits like mangoes, berries or pear.
- Make it extra lemony by adding lemon peels or more zest.
- If you like it spicy, you can add some spices such as ground ginger, cloves or nutmeg.
How To Enjoy Your Apple Curd
It is better that you refrigerate the Curd before serving. It tastes best when it is cool. Use it as topping for the below:
- Toast: Just spread on toast.
- Tarts: I actually used this curd to make this delicious Apple Curd Tart With Puff Pastry.
- Cakes and muffins: Use it as a cake or muffin filling.
- On top of your crepe, pancakes and waffles.
- Porridge: I enjoy this curd on top of my Biscoff Porridge and Creamy Peanut Butter Porridge for breakfast.
- Yogurt: It goes so well with green yogurt.
Basically, use it everywhere you would typically use jam.
To store: This curd keeps in the fridge for up to 10 days if stored in an airtight container like a glass jar.
Freezing: If you are freezing your curd, plastic containers are the better option. You can even use a freezer bag. In this case, the curd will keep for up to 2 months. To serve the curd, let it thaw at room temperature after you take it out. Alternatively, you can use a microwave to defrost it.
Yes, using apple sauce instead of apples actually makes making Apple Curd easier. If you choose this option, look for an apple sauce that is low in sugar and other contents. However, there is nothing like the original fruit in terms of taste and texture.
Stirring constantly while on the stove will prevent the curd from getting lumpy. Also, make sure not to overcook it.
Lots of fruits are so good for making curds, such as raspberry, lemon, orange, grapefruit and more
More Apple Recipes
Apple Curd Recipe With Cinnamon
- Wash and peel the apples, remove the core, then cut into small pieces.
- In a saucepan, add apples, cinnamon, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon water.
- Stir everything and bring to a simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the apples have softened completely.
- Remove from heat; transfer to a sieve, and use a spoon to press the apples through the sieve into another pan.
- In a small cup, combine cornstarch with water, stir well until cornstarch is fully dissolved.
- Pour the cornstarch mixture and brown sugar into the apple mixture, add vanilla, stir well.
- Now, bring the mixture to a simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce is thickened.
- Remove from the heat, add the butter, stir until combined and let it cool.