Tasty Australian Strawberry Curd

Strawberry quark (curd cheese) and fresh strawberries
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
174 Calories
9g Fat
23g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 174
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 49mg 245%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 142mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

If you love lemon or passion fruit curd, try this delicious strawberry curd. The exquisite strawberry flavor melts in your mouth. It's an irresistible treat perfect for enjoying on toast, as a cheesecake topping, stirred through whipped cream, like a sponge cake filling or drizzled over breakfast crepes. A perfect complement to strawberry curd is hot biscuits, muffins, or as a tart shell filling. Strawberry curd also makes a wonderful food gift and lasts up to two months in the refrigerator.

You will need two freshly sterilized 350-milliliter glass jars.


  • 1 pound (500 grams) strawberries, hulled and halved

  • 3 1/2 ounces (100 grams) sugar

  • 2 ounces (60 grams) salted butter, roughly chopped

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

Steps to Make It

  1. Place strawberries plus two teaspoons of water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to the boiling point. Simmer for five minutes or until the strawberries are really soft.

  2. Use a slotted spoon to transfer strawberries to mesh sieve. Place a sieve over a clean, heatproof bowl and use the back of a spoon to push strawberries through the mesh sieve. Keep pressing the pull through. Add the pulp into the strained strawberry liquid.

  3. Place the heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water on medium heat. Make sure the bowl fits snugly, and that the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the sugar, beaten eggs and butter to the bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until the butter melts. Continue to stir constantly for about 10 minutes.

  4. Turn the heat up and continue to stir for another 10 minutes. It's important to keep stirring, otherwise, the mixture could curdle.

  5. Stir for another few minutes or until the mixture thickens. Turn off the heat and stir again. Carefully pour mixture into hot sterilized jars and seal.

  6. Store in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Prefer Meringue Instead of Curd?

If you're not interested in curd, but instead desire creamy meringue, try making a Pavlova recipe. When making Pavlova the most important thing is to have scrupulously clean utensils, free of grease or eggshell. The success of the meringue depends on it. It is also important that the egg whites are at room temperature before beating them.

Pavlovas have a habit of deflating and forming cracks when you open the oven. Don't be disheartened, just make some extra whipped cream to fill in the hole if this happens. It will still be a spectacular dessert.

If you use bananas in the topping, toss them in lemon juice to stop them going brown.