If you’ve ever had lemon curd, then you’ll love this super easy apple curd recipe! It’s sweet and rich with caramelly undertones and perfect for using up extra apples you may have in your pantry. The flavors in this apple curd definitely remind me of fall baking but this recipe is delicious year-round.
why we love this recipe
I love how simple this recipe is. You only need a saucepan and some type of blending device (although you can technically mash the apples with a fork and it will be just as delicious).
This recipe is completely eggless and I used dairy-free butter to make it vegan friendly.
It’s the perfect topping for sourdough toast, waffles, pancakes, or muffins. You could also use this vegan apple curd in baking recipes like layer cakes and cupcakes!
To make this recipe, you only need 6 ingredients (one of which is water).
There are a few more ingredients listed below that you can add in if you’d like for some extra flavor, but of course, these are optional!
You’ll need to gather the following:
- Lemon Juice
- Brown Sugar
- Salted Butter, I used dairy-free butter to make this recipe vegan (Country Crock Plant Butter)
A few optional add-ins are:
- Vanilla Extract
- Ground Cinnamon
the best apples for apple curd
Some apples typically fair better in cooking recipes than others. My general advice is to use whatever apples you have on hand for this recipe, but if you’re going grocery shopping below are some apples that taste great when cooked:
- For this recipe, I prefer Honeycrisp or Gala apples since they have a sweet yet tart flavor.
- You could also try Green Granny Smiths, Braeburn, Golden Delicious, or McIntosh apples!
- This post has lots of info on the best apples for baking.
Because we are blending the apples, the texture after cooking isn’t as important. It’s best to pick an apple that you love the flavor of.
helpful equipment for this recipe
To make this recipe, you’ll need the following equipment:
- Measuring Cups or Scoops
- Medium Saucepan
- Metal Sieve
- High-speed Blender or Food Processor
how to make the apple curd
This creamy, spiced apple curd comes together in less than 30 minutes. Below are the main steps to make it!
prepping the apples:
- Peel the apples and chop them into ½ inch pieces.
- Add the apples to a medium-sized saucepan.
- Pour in the lemon juice and water.
- Simmer covered on medium-low heat until the apples are tender, about 15-20 minutes.
*Tip: be sure to stir the mixture occasionally to make sure the apples aren’t burning.
making the curd
- Transfer the apples to a single-serve blender or food processor. You can also use an immersion blender in the pot. Blend until the apples are smooth.
- Pour the blended apples into a metal sieve. Press the apple puree through the sieve into the same saucepan.
- Over low heat, sprinkle the cornstarch, brown sugar, and dairy-free butter onto the pureed apples. Heat on low until the butter is melted and stir to combine.
- Remove the apple curd from the heat and add the salt, vanilla, and cinnamon (if using).
storing and serving
Let the mixture cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer it to a sealable container.
This apple curd can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. As it cools, it will continue to thicken. If you let it chill overnight, it will be thick and luscious the next morning.
This apple curd is fabulous on top of crusty toasted bread, bagels, or pancakes! It’s also great as an ingredient in baked goods like tarts, pies, and cakes.
apple curd tips & tricks
Because we are blending the apples, the texture after cooking isn’t as important. It’s best to pick an apple that you love the flavor of. I’m using Gala and Honeycrisp apples. This post has lots of info on the best apples for baking if you’d like more info.
By using a metal sieve and blender, you can achieve an incredibly silky smooth texture. If you don’t have a blender or metal sieve, you can still make this recipe but the texture will be more like applesauce and less like curd. You can mash the apples with a fork (be sure to get it as smooth as possible) and it will be just as delicious!
This curd recipe is completely eggless, making it vegan-friendly! The apples have a decent amount of natural pectin (which helps thicken the curd), and this recipe also calls for a bit of cornstarch to help thicken it up without the use of eggs.
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