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 “Vegan chocolate / banana / caramel cupcakes”

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    Joelen — February 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Oh my! These look fabulous!!!

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    Elizabeth — February 12, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    I love vegan chocolate cupcakes – and these look delicious. I can’t wait to try them!

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    Koo-Bean Cuisine — February 20, 2009 at 12:17 am

    These just made me so excited!!! They sound amazing and better yet…VEGAN! Thank you for posting this!

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    Jodi — February 21, 2009 at 12:08 am

    I saw these on Tastespotting and want to try, but — for the mousse what type of chocolate chips are you using? All of the ones I’ve seen in the store have milk fat in them. I’m new to vegan cooking, so maybe this is still non-dairy? My son is allergic which is why I’ve been trying many new vegan recipes!

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    foodess — February 21, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Wow, those look over-the-moon good!

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    Amy Kingman — August 27, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I’m totally making these tonight! I dont have the fancy caramel sauce, but hopefully they’ll still be edible with regular caramel. 🙂 Yum!

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    Lexi — September 4, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Jodi- Gihrardelli semisweet chocolate chips do not have any milkfat in them.

    These look fantastic-I am allergic to dairy, and have been finding it sooo hard to sate my sweet tooth and not pay for it later.

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    Me — August 16, 2010 at 12:46 am

    They look fab! Thanks for sharing. I have included your site in our Vegan cupcake feature at http://www.partycupcakeideas.com

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