I love trying out new recipes for things I’ve never had before. Something about the process of not really knowing what to expect adds some excitement to my cooking/baking. It also prevents the let-down that sometimes happens when I make something that doesn’t live up to expectations that I’ve set way too high in my mind. But I can usually overcome that by making some tweaks and trying again.
I’ve never had raspberry curd before I made it. Obviously, I knew raspberry curd should taste like raspberries and I assumed it would have a similar consistency to lemon curd. It turned out to be thinner than lemon curd, but just as addictive and delicious.
I made this raspberry curd for a layer cake that I haven’t gotten a chance to post yet, but I went a bit overboard. I didn’t know how much of the raspberry curd I would need, so I doubled the recipe I found online and ended up with enough to fill a 4-layer cake and still have two jars leftover!
Hubby’s mom is a lucky woman. We gave her one jar of the raspberry curd and the other is in our fridge. Obviously, this was great in the cake that I made. But I wanted to share how I’ve been eating it since then. It’s delicious straight from the jar with a spoon, but it’s also great on an egg and cheese sandwich.
Yes, you heard me correctly, I said it’s great on an egg and cheese sandwich. I’m really not sure when I started doing this. Probably when I was really young. I remember my mom eating egg and grape jelly sandwiches and my sandwich every day after kindergarten was a slice of cheddar on white bread with grape jelly. Hubby thinks I’m extremely weird for this and refuses to be in the same room as me when I eat this delicious sandwich. I keep trying to get him to taste it before he just writes it off, but he refuses.
But this really is a perfect breakfast sandwich. You’ve got all the ooey-gooey goodness of an egg and cheese sandwich with a splash of sweetness from the raspberry curd. It’s awesome and if you haven’t tried this, I recommend it. I’d love to hear about it if you do! The curd is also great on graham crackers or shortbread cookies if your tastes are more “normal”.
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Raspberry Curd – from Notes from My Food Diary, originally from Luscious Berry Desserts by Lori Longbotham – note I doubled this recipe, but a single batch would be sufficient for filling a cake with some leftover
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
Two 1/2-pints ripe raspberries or one 12-ounce package frozen raspberries, thawed
5 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
2 to 3 tsp fresh lemon juice
Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the raspberries, egg yolks, sugar, and salt and cook, mashing the berries and stirring frequently at first and them constantly at the end, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a coarse strainer set over a bowl, pressing hard on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Cool to room temperature; the curd will continue to thicken as it cools. Stir in lemon juice to taste. Refrigerate, covere, until ready to serve, or for up to 1 month.
2 pieces of bread, toasted if you prefer
shredded cheddar cheese
raspberry curd - if you don't have raspberry curd, I highly recommend seedless raspberry or blackberry or boisonberry jam
You can cook your eggs any way you prefer for your breakfast sandwich. I like to make a cheese omelet and then cut it in half. Sometimes I eat this as an open-faced sandwich instead of stacking it all up.
Heat a small skillet on medium heat. Brush a small amount of butter on the pan.
Whisk your eggs with a splash of milk in a cup or small bowl. Add the eggs to your skillet and proceed to make a cheese omelet to your tastes.
Spread about 1 Tablespoon of raspberry curd or jam onto each slice of bread (I don't like my bread toasted, but feel free to toast it if you want). Cut the omelet in half and place a half on each piece of bread. Serve open faced or stack to make a sandwich.