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I just love lemon curd. I spread it on toast, coat it on top of my pancakes, and make cakes and cookies with it. I also eat it by the spoonful. Hey, don’t judge! You know you do it! There are also spoonfulls of cookie dough, Nutella, and icing, too! One of the many perks of being the baker, eh?

Out of all the many delicious and creative ways I utilize the culinary demi-god that is lemon curd; my favorite is the butter crumble I make. This butter crumble was actually an accident. I meant to make more of a tart pie but made the dough too dry, and decided to improvise. Then, out of the oven cam this yummy  addition to my recipe book. Mistakes are always such great tools for learning new things!

This lemon curd butter crumble is a one-size-fits-all dish. I eat it as breakfast with my coffee, as a snack, and as a dessert. This crumble is not overly sweet, either, It’s rich with all the butter, but lemon does the talking and carries the dish, instead of sugar.

For this recipe I use store-bought lemon cured from Trader Joes. You can use a store-bought lemon curd that you like, or make your own from scratch!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: about 6


  • 1 3/4 C flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 C plus 2 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 C lemon curd (purchased or homemade)


  1. In a large bowl, gently whisk together flour, sugar, and baking powder. Create a well in the middle and add slightly beaten egg and yolk, and soften butter, cut into small pieces.

  2. Mix together. At this point, turn the mixture onto a slightly floured surface and work the mixture to form a dough. Keep adding extra flour if the dough feels too soft or too wet. Remember, we want the on the dryer end to get that nice crumble texture.

  3. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Remove from fridge, and knead the dough. You want it all breaking apart and not really sticking together well. Grab a handful and place to the side.

  4. Take the larger piece of dough and place it into a greased pie dish and start smashing it evenly with a fork for a nice thick bottom crust.

    Evenly spread the lemon curd on top of the crust, then crumble up the leftover dough on top.

  5. Bake in a preheated 350 oven for 30 -35 minutes, or until golden.

Recipe Cuisine: American

Recipe By: Glenda - April 11, 2023

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