Raspberry Curd and an Interesting Twist on a Breakfast Sandwich

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
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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.

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Fruity Breakfast Sandwich

Ingredients:

2 eggs
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

Directions:

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.

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12 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    SimplySweeter — May 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Oh yum Jen! These look absolutely delicious! What a great July 4th treat…..maybe split them and serve ’em up like a Strawberry Shortcake??? Yum.

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    KV — May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Jen, by any chance do you remember about how many strawberries you used for the recipe and also for filling? I have maybe 10-15 strawberries at home that need to be used asap and wondered if that was enough?

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    Jen — May 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    KV – Sorry I don’t. We had a big thing of strawberries in the fridge that Hubby had cut up for us to snack on. I would say it was less than a pint, but pretty close to a pint? Not really sure. Sorry I can’t be more help.

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    hannah! — May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    strawberries are my favorite fruit ever! in my opinion, they always should be enjoyed fresh no matter what. even in desserts! 😀 your cupcakes look great, by the wayaoh

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    Cupcake Activist — May 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve heard that strawberry cake doesn’t end up being that sweet, but maybe the addition of fresh strawberries on top changes things. I’m a huge strawberry fan, so I’m anxious to try this.

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    Jen — May 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Cupcake Activist – I could definitely see that the batter itself might not be that sweet. I thought they were great with the additional strawberries added in.

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    Kerstin — May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    This looks divine. I made the Sky High strawberry cake with frozen berries and I thought it was really good, but I’d like to try again with fresh ones too! Your hubby has some very luck coworkers 🙂

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    Brisbane Baker — May 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Love this recipe.. infact all of your cupcake recipes. I made your Fauxtess cupcakes the other day and turned out wonderfully.. This is now on my wish list. :

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    We Are Not Martha — May 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    These look so simple and beautiful! I love strawberry cake and I especially love the way the fresh strawberries look inside 🙂

    Sues

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    Miss. Tarrah Dame — May 19, 2010 at 2:17 am

    cant go wrong with strawberry…just made strawberry marscapone filled cupcakes myself! 🙂
    http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

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    soohyunee — May 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I love how you frosted these cupcakes!! did you start from the inside and go out with a 1M tip?

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    Jen — May 25, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Yes, soohyunee, to make the rosette, I started in the center and swirled around to the outside.

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