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Sunday, 19 May 2013

LEMON CURD

Good Afternoon to you,


It has poured down with rain all day, but I am determined not to be down hearted, as today, my thoughts are turning to sunnier climes. I am going to be transported back to the warmth of Cyprus and in my mind, I am going into the garden to pick lemons from my lemon tree. Then,  I am going to turn them into Phyllis' Lemon Curd.

In truth, I have collected the lemons from my fruit bowl, but it is alright to dream. I have gathered together the jars. They have been sterilised and now they are ready to be filled with  luscious, yellow, lemon curd,


Pop your apron on and let us begin,

THE INGREDIENTS


3 large, unwaxed lemons
2 1/2 oz  (70g) butter
7 oz  (200g) sugar
3 large eggs

THE METHOD


Wash, then dry the lemons


Finely grate the rind from the lemons


Juice the lemons


and strain the lemon juice.

Half fill a pan with water 
and bring to the boil

Choose  a bowl which will sit on top
of the pan but will not touch the
simmering water.

Place the strained lemon juice into
the bowl,


add the butter,


and the sugar.

Stir over a low heat until the sugar has
dissolved.

 Remove from the heat.


Whisk the three eggs together in a medium
size bowl.

Very slowly, 
pour the lemon mixture into
the whisked eggs.
  
I found adding a ladle at a time worked well,
 but it is important that you keep stirring
 whilst adding the lemon mixture 
to the eggs, as you
do not want the eggs to curdle.

I ladled with my left hand
and stirred with my right hand.


Return  the lemon mixture to the original bowl.

Return the pan of water to the heat until
the water is just simmering. 

Place your bowl back
on top of the saucepan and keep stirring,


until the lemon curd coats the
 back of the spoon.

Just as a guideline,
it took me 10 minutes of  constant stirring
for me to achieve the result I needed.


Pour into a sterilized jar
and cover with a waxed disc.

Leave to cool before labelling and
covering with a lid.

Store in the fridge.


Now, I need to tell you, that you will need only one jar for this lemon curd, as Phyllis' recipe did not say how many jars of lemon curd the ingredients would make. I had four at the ready, and this proved too  many. Actually, I do not mind, as lemon curd does not have the same long life as jams, so this pot of lemon curd will be perfect for George and I. 


Remember the juiced lemons, well do not throw them away, cut them into quarters and add them to the water which is left in the pan, and bring to a simmer. Your kitchen will have a lovely, fresh, lemon smell.

Just a word of warning, only do this if you are staying in the kitchen, and before you leave the kitchen, remember to turn off the cooker.  As you do not want the  water to evaporate and burn.

I tend to have the lemons simmering when I am tidying up the kitchen.

Making this lemon curd was an interesting exercise as I found, I had to write out the instructions to make it easier for me to follow. When you read the recipe from Phyllis' cookery book the recipe and the method is about 1 1/2 inches by 2 inches in size, and in small print, making it difficult to follow the recipe.

Also, the information states that it takes 10-15 minutes to make the Lemon Curd, I realise I was taking photographs as I cooked, but it took me about an hour and 10 minutes.  I think the 10-15 minutes was the time it took once you had the eggs whisked together and the lemons juiced, grated and ready to use.

This jar of Lemon Curd has been tucked into the back of the fridge, where George rarely ventures, he tends to look for "scrumptions" to eat which sit at the front of the shelves, so I am hoping I can keep this jar until next week, because,

next Sunday I am going to be baking some scones and then I will be slathering them with this lemon curd, well that is as long as it stays hidden at the back of the fridge

As yet, I have not decided whether the recipe will come from Ivy or Phyllis' cookery book, so I am going to compare recipes.

So take care and I will see you later in the week.

This week I will be joining,










20 comments:

  1. Que delícia, fiquei com vontade! beijos,linda semana,chica

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  2. Hello Daphne. I love lemons and you have provided me with this wonderful recipe for lemon curd. I hope when I feel better, to try it and start baking again. Thank you again for your loving support. xo Linda

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  3. Delicious Daphne! I want to do it next weekend, sure.

    Hugs

    Marina

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  4. Oh my mouth is watering for your lemon curd! I have always wanted to make some since I began reading "Miss Read" books! Your recipe sounds easy to do and the pictures help!

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  5. I remember my Grandma making lemon curd, the house filled with the delicious scents! And the taste!! I must make some...

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  6. I adore lemon curd and have made it twice now. It does not last long here. I think I make twice as much as you because I use six lemons in my Southern Living recipe. To have one's own lemon tree...that sounds wonderful Daphne.

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  7. This looks and sounds absolutely scrumptious dear Daphne; I must make some soon!

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  8. Oh Daphne, thank you so much for sharing the recipe! It has been added to my 'to do' list for the summer when it is raining.

    I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to keep the lemon curd away from George!

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  9. Hi Daphne! Your lemon curd looks and sounds absolutely delicious. Now I have to ask, I never knew there was such a thing as "waxed lemons" and therefore didn't know about "unwaxed lemons." I think at our grocery store, it's just "lemons." How can I tell if they're waxed or not? Or is that a European thing? Also, I was going to ask what you would serve lemon curd with. Scones sounds delicious. What are some other things you could serve lemon curd with? And I know what you mean about taking photographs while you're trying to do something. I"m slow at everything I do anyway, and when you add taking pictures along the way, well, it's a wonder anything gets done around here! I hope you had a lovely weekend. :)

    Debbie

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  10. Lemon Curd is one of my favorites.
    I especially like it with Gingersnap cookies in the Autumn !
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    Rose

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  11. Hello Daphne
    How good of you to pop into my blog and also leave a comment. I also love going to flea markets and charity shops. Its incredible what you can find. There are very few charity shops here but plenty of flea markets which I go to when possible. Sr P (my hubby) isn't a great lover of markets.
    Do you know I can almost taste the tangy-ness of your lemon curd it looks so delicious.I've also enjoyed reading about your visit to India you bring it to life with your photos and your descriptive text.
    Many thanks for following my blog and likewise I am now your newest follower.

    keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  12. Dear Daphne,this Lemon Curd recipe looks so delicious !!!I have a lemon tree in my garden,and i was looking for this recipe to fill some tarts for my grandchildrens birthday party!Thank you for visiting my blog and i wish for your daughter to return very soon in your country!Thank you for sharing!Have a wonderful week!Take care!!
    Dimi..

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  13. Hi Daphne this recipe sounds easy to make. I do have a recipe from a friend for making Lemon curd in the mocrowave. but I'll give yours a try doubling the ingredients, I wouldn't like to think I'd gone to all that effort for just one pot , as it wouldn't last very long in my house.

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  14. Daphne,

    Que receita maravilhosa! Só de ver as fotos deu vontade de comer. Rs
    Tudo feito com muito carinho e dedicação.
    Imagino sua cozinha e sua casa, com aspectos felizes, assim como o seu.
    Muito obrigada pelo carinho de sempre!
    Um lindo dia! Beijos

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  15. This sounded so good! Thanks for linking with HickoryTrail

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  16. Oh sweet Daphne! I miss you or I have missed you visiting, either way. I can't seem to keep up on my blog very well even tho I am posting and here all the time, it seems. This recipe looks divine. I must try it!!!! Thank you!

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  17. I made that for the first time this past winter and it was delicious,I liked it so much I made some for friends and put in pretty little jars for gifts

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  18. This looks great!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight.

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/05/tgif-link-party-3.html

    Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

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  19. I love Lemon Curd~ This looks wonderful and I can smell the lemons from here:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines~

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  20. Yes! Me too,I join all the others in saying I love lemon curd and I think your's sounds lovely.

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Best wishes to you.

Daphne

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