Friday, April 6, 2012

Lemon Curd

I love lemon.  It's tart yet refreshing and it reminds me of warm spring and summer days...  It may be the fact that they go so well into a homemade margaritas!  I picked up a large bag of lemons the other day at the grocery store.  It was a total impulse buy and I wanted to find ways to use them up before they spoiled.  I happened to check out one of my favorite food blogs and found a recipe for lime curd.  It was a quick and simple recipe and I made a batch right away (of course using lemons in place of limes).

The flavor of this curd is right on.  It reminds me of the lemon filling my mom used to make for her cakes.  I've made this twice and the second time, I added some zest to amp up the flavor.  I just love the flavor of lemon and this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.  The curd is very versatile - I bet it would be great put into small tart cups and topped with fruit and whipped cream.  I find it is perfect just scooped from the jar and directly into my mouth!  :)  Check back later to see how I end up using the curd.

Lemon Curd
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
Adapted from Annie's Eats

3 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
Zest from one lemon
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 1/2-2 lemons)*
4 T unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces

In a non-reactive saucepan, combine the eggs and sugar.  Whisk together until well blended.  Whisk in the key lime juice.  Place the pan over medium-low heat.  Cook, stirring or whisking constantly, until the mixture is warmed through.  Be careful not to heat the mixture too quickly to avoid curdling the eggs.  Whisk in the butter a little bit at a time, stirring in each addition until completely incorporated before adding more.  Continue to cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the mixture thickens and a spoon or spatula leaves a path when drawn through it (no higher than 175˚ F on an instant-read thermometer.)  Immediately remove the pan from the heat and pass the mixture through a fine mesh strainer.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.  (This keeps up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.)

*This can be made with lemons, limes, oranges...  Any citrus!

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