Lemon curd is something I have enjoyed since my childhood. I often used to have it on toast or in tarts and it has remained a firm favourite of mine since growing up. I usually get the Tescos finest version but had ran out of that when I spotted this offering from Gales in my local Home Bargains store. Gales is the brand we always used to have at home when I was little so I knew I liked it and it was good quality so I snapped it up at a bargain 69p. This is a cheap price for lemon curd as I often find that it retails for more than jam and is often around £1.20 for a medium range option.
The Gales packaging hasn't changed since I was little or if it has it has changed very little. It is lovely and bright and it is packaged in a clear glass jar allowing you to see the bright yellow product inside. It is easy to open and once open you need to keep the lemon curd refrigerated and consume within 6 weeks.
The lemon curd is thicker than some offerings and I find it spreads really well, never tearing up the bread or whatever you are spreading it on. It is a bright yellow in colour and has a lovely subtle lemon scent. It looks and smells very appetising.
The lemon curd is quite creamy and although it does have a tang I don't think this is as strong as other brands. This has a lovely taste to it and it is very moreish. I often find myself craving more after eating it.
[Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Water, Margarine (Palm Stearin, Rapeseed Oil, Palm Oil, Mono- and Di-Glycerides, Vitamins A & D, Colour (Carotenes)), Modified Maize Starch, Lemon Juice from Concentrate (4%), Dried Egg, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Colour (Beta-Carotene)]
At the moment Asda are selling this for £1.20 for a 410g jar. Home bargains have this for 69p at the moment but I would definitely buy it full price. It is very tasty and there is plenty in the jar.
There's something very homely and cosy about lemon curd, I find. I crave it now and again, and the last time I did, I was too lazy to go further than the corner shop. Gale's Lemon Curd was the only brand they had so I bought it.
This lemon curd comes in the usual 410g glass jar, with a dark blue metal lid. The label is pale yellow with a picture of lemon slices on it. The blue logo looks slightly old-fashioned, giving the impression that this is home-made, or at least as close as you are going to get to it.
The curd inside is a bright, vivid yellow. It contains Beta Carotene which means that the colour isn't entirely natural, which is a shame.
It's satisfyingly thick when you first stick a knife or spoon in. When you first open a jar, it's so thick that you can easily get a big dollop of it. It spreads easily and smoothly and on the likes of toast or pancakes, a little goes a long way, particularly if your toast is still hot when you spread it as it will 'melt' a little.
The taste is tangy, lemony, and slightly creamy. It's not bitter at all, and is actually pretty sweet - it almost tastes artificially so, but a quick look at the ingredients shows it contains sugar and glucose-fructose syrup rather than artificial sweeteners. The sweetness might make a lot of this sickening for some. I personally would prefer it to be a tad less sweet and a slightly sharper.
I found that the lemon curd seemed to get runnier as you got further down the jar, and was not as thick and lovely as it was at first. It still tasted nice though so that's not really a big issue.
This is a nice product. I personally prefer the more buttery lemon curds that are paler and creamier. But you can't really go wrong with lemon curd as a rule, and this is still very nice indeed.
You can use this in sandwiches, on toast, in cakes, in baking... the list goes on. You can stir it into yoghurt, cream or ice cream, or even porridge. It's more versatile than you might think at first. I've also read that you can stir it into tea! I have never tried that I have to say, but maybe one day.
I don't think I've ever brought lemon curd before, I've had it a few times but the other week I fancied lemon curd tarts big time and didn't think they still sold them so went to Tesco for some lemon curd so my mum could make me some! lol Anyways I found out the Tesco DO sell lemon curd tarts but I still got a jar of lemon curd as well so I could compare home made to shop tarts.
I only got Gale's lemon curd because I knew it was the biggest brand and I thought it would be way better than the supermarket own brands. I was right as well I reckon because even without tasting none of the cheaper ones I don't think you could get better than this!
It's thick and a bit stickey feeling, it's not sticky like jam though and is more like a mega thick sauce. It spreads wicked on bread and it was easy to dig spoon fulls out to put in the lemon curd tarts, it's not CREAMY but it's a bit weird because it's deffo got a bit of a creamy feel as you're eating it.
It's got a majorly addictive taste, once I opened the jar I couldn't leave it alone and have had it on bread, toast and even spread on a slice of carrot cake now. My dads the same, I've never seen him go mad over anything like this before so that shows how good this lemon curd is!
It's tangy and sweet, it's a bit like a solid lemonade but without the fizziness. I think it's GORGEOUS and can't believe I've not brought it before because it's sooooooo yummy! I tried it on the carrot cake because when I was on holiday I had carrot and lemon cake so I knew the flavours would go good together. It was wicked as well, not the carrot cake with the thick icing on I mean just plain carrot cake and spreading lemon curd on it made the cake taste loads richer.
I deffo recommend this lemon curd, my mum made wicked lemon curd tarts and since then I've made some mini ones myself and they come out wicked. Even if you don't fancy something like that on a piece of bread you can still buy Gale's Lemon Curd for cooking with..... I can deffo feel a craving coming on!!!