28 Apr 2013

Eternal Sunshine of the Lemon Kind

Lemon Curd is the closest that we have to sunshine in a jar, don’t you think? It’s sweet and tart and adds a delicious zing to many desserts. Layer it in a cake or top your breakfast pancakes with it. Or serve it along with scones for a variation on the English Cream Tea. Fill up little tart shells with it or use it as an éclair filling. Or simply slather it on toast! It’s such a versatile spread and it’s very easy to make. I have waxed eloquent about lemons in one of my earlier posts and it’s true – I just can’t get enough of them! I have used Nigel Slater’s recipe to make this lemon curd and as he says “my kitchen came alive with the stinging hit of freshly grated lemons”!

I posted a picture of the lemon curd on Twitter and it got a stamp of approval from the man himself :)

This recipe makes about 100gm of lemon curd.

You’ll need:
  • Zest and Juice of 5 Lemons
  • 200gm powdered Sugar
  • 100gm unsalted Butter
  • 3 medium Eggs + 1 Egg Yolk
How to:
  • Boil water in a pan and then set it to simmer. Place a bowl above it, taking care that the bottom doesn’t touch the water. Put the lemon zest, juice, sugar and butter in this bowl.
    • This is a bain-marie / double boiler technique. Two things to remember – the water in the pan must be simmering, not cold and the bowl should be set above the pan of hot water, not in it.
  • Stir gently with a whisk till the butter has melted.
  • Mix the eggs and the egg yolk together and add to the lemon mixture.
  • Allow the curd to cook, stirring regularly. It will take about 10 minutes to turn into a thick custard-like curd.
  • Remove from the heat and cool, stirring occasionally.
  • Transfer to a jar and refrigerate. It will keep for a couple of weeks, if it’s not polished off earlier!!
I used the lemon curd to make a Lemon Curd Layer Cake

I have posted a recipe for a Lemon Cake earlier. I merely slit the cake horizontally, slathered on the lemon curd in between the layers, made a lemon frosting to top it off and 'garnished' with some lemon zest. It was a delicious lemony treat, perfect for a potluck dinner. 

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