I think I'm about over my fear of the dreaded curd. While I still think curd is kind of a gross word, this stuff is so good! I love how this stuff really enhances and delici-fies the tangy flavor of citrus fruit.
The first thing you're gonna do, is cream the butter and sugar. Then beat in the eggs. I know it's a little nontraditional as far as curd-making goes, but trust me. This is by the far the easiest way to make sure your little eggies don't cook in nasty clumps when you start heating the mixture. Then you'll add the lime juice...and it's okay if it looks kind of curdled after you beat in the eggs---take a breath and don't worry so much!
Then you're gonna whisk the mixture continuously in your makeshift double boiler until it turns fabulously smooth. No straining required!
Stir in the zest and you have some of the best stuff on the planet just waiting for you to eat up! Need some ideas besides consuming curd by the spoonful? How about these tasty treats:
- Serve on scones
- Sandwich a dollop between two butter cookies
- Swap out buttercream for curd between cake layers
- Swirl some into cheesecake
- Save a cup for Coconut Lime Semifreddo (recipe coming soon, I promise!)
Lime Zested Curd [click to print]
Makes about 2 cups
- 6 T. unsalted butter
- 1/3 c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 c. lime juice
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 T. lime zest
In medium size, heat proof mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and yolks, one at a time, incorporating well between each addition. Beat in lime juice, eggs and salt until well combined; don't worry if it looks kind of curdled right now, it will smooth out as it cooks.
Place bowl over simmering pot of water, but don't let the water touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk mixture over low heat until the butter melts and the texture smooths out. Increase heat to medium, whisking constantly to prevent scorching. The mixture will begin to thicken and you may see a few slow, fat bubbles appearing; that's okay, but if there are a lot, it's boiling and you should immediately reduce heat.
The curd is done when it coats the back of a spoon and your finger leaves a clear path when drawn through. Pour into clean bowl and press a piece of plastic wrap against surface of curd. Store in the refrigerator for 7-10 days or in the freezer for a couple months.
Source: Adapted from One Perfect Bite