Tasty Tools: Lemon & Key Lime Curd

I just found out in January that I love lemon curd. Who knew!?! I had never eaten it let alone made it prior to the DB Lemon Meringue Pie. When Joelen announced her new blogging event, Tasty Tools, I instantly thought of lemon curd. This event encourages you to use the specified tool to create anything you want. Then when the round-up occurs, you can learn some new recipes to make using your various kitchen tools. Very creative event Joelen! The inaugural tool is the microplane/zester.

I love my microplane. Right now the only things I really use it for is to zest citrus fruit. I can’t wait to see the round-up to learn all the creative things that other food bloggers do with their microplanes.

I decided to make lemon curd again, but I didn’t want to cheat the event by just recreating a recipe I’ve already tried. So I decided to try a new recipe. I also decided to make lemon curd and key lime curd this time around. I made a 1/2 batch of lemon curd and a 1/4 batch of the key lime curd.

I used this calculator to get my grams to cups conversion.

Lemon Curd – from Cherrapeño – originally from Delia Smith
grated zest and juice 4 large juicy lemons
4 large eggs
12 oz (350 g or 1 3/4 cup) golden caster sugar
8 oz (225 g or 16 Tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small lumps
1 level dessertspoon (2 tsp) cornflour

Begin by lightly whisking the eggs in a medium-sized saucepan, then add the rest of the ingredients and place the saucepan over a medium heat. Now whisk continuously using a balloon whisk until the mixture thickens – about 7-8 minutes. Next, lower the heat to its minimum setting and let the curd gently simmer for a further minute, continuing to whisk. After that, remove it from the heat.

Now pour the lemon curd into the hot, sterilised jars, filling them as full as possible, cover straightaway with waxed discs, seal while it is still hot and label when it is cold. It will keep for several weeks, but it must be stored in a cool place.

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8 Responses to “I Spy with my Eye… Photo Week!”

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    CB — October 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Fun fun fun! I am gonna try to participate everyday. My hubs will probably think carrying my camera with me everywhere for the next week is cuckoo though. Then again its me. He’s probably use to it. HAHA
    /Clara

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    Steph — October 5, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Awesome concept! You know I’ll be post’n.

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    1915buffalo — October 6, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Awesome challange. It will be interesting how others express other senses through the lens. I hope I can live up to it.

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    Jen — October 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I’m looking forward to what everyone comes up with. It’s going to be fun!

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    Nikki57 — October 6, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Crap. I knew there was a reason I was going to bring my camera to work.

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    Jen — October 6, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Nikki – you can participate in any days that you’re able to do it. Not many rules with Photo Week. My post tonight will be coming very late. I’m already behind on my own photo week!!

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    Nikki57 — October 6, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Well at least I’m not the only slacker. I wanted to play around with some of the equipment from work so I guess I’ll just have to smuggle it home with me 😛

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    Amy Kingman — October 7, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Love this challenge. I posted my sight photos today. 🙂

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