Friday, August 24, 2012

Luscious Lemon Curd & Announcing The World's Biggest Coffee Morning


As a child whenever I was taken to a patisserie, I was plagued by confusion. I could never decide between the various chocolate pastries on display and the pale yellow lemon tarts. While the chocolate pastries called out to me, it was the lemon tarts which captivated me.  While gazing at them, with my nose pressed against the glass of the showcase, I could so feel the tangy lemon-y taste, the crunch of the tartshell and my mouth would water. Chocolate, even though I loved it, never had a chance infront of the lemon tarts. I always opted for the lemon tart, unless I was so lucky that my parents bought me a lemon tart and a chocolate pastry each. An occurance, I almost never remember.



After coming to the UK, I tasted lemon curd and I was hooked. This pale yellow lemon-y spread tasted exactly like the topping of a lemon tart. I discovered that National Trust gift shops sell bottles of lemon curd. But everytime I wanted lemon curd (which was pretty often) I could not go visiting sites which the National Trust looks after! So I decided to find out how it is made. Found a plethora of lemon curd recipes and video tutorials on youtube. Decided to follow two chefs, I took Nigel Slater's ingredient list with a little tweak of my own and Elinor Klivans' method which she claimed was a foolproof method which produced lump free lemon curd each and every time.



I was not disappointed. I got creamy and luscious lemon curd. It was easy to make and there were no lumps, no straining, none of the horrors about lumps of cooked egg that I read about in some posts. Of course I am pleased as a punch. From now on I can make and eat lemon curd anytime I want. Only after making it, I was told by a friend that most super markets in the UK have it with the jams and the jellies. Oh well good thing I did not know about that, maybe then I would not have made the effort! But now that I have made the effort I am so happy with it.



Onto the recipe. Nigel Slater's ingredient list:
[This quantity yeilds two and a half bottles (of 250 gms each) of lemon curd.]

Zest and juice of 4 unwaxed lemons--I used 3 lemons and 1 lime
200g sugar--Next time I would increase the sugar a little, it was a little too tart for me, but then I added lime juice which is way more tart than lemon juice.
100g butter--at room temperature
3 eggs and 1 egg yolk


Elinor Klivan's Method:
  • Instead of simply combining the ingredients in the pan on the stove as most lemon curd recipes call for, mix the ingredients as if you are making a cake. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy, beat in the eggs slowly, and only then, at the every end add the lemon juice. 
  • The method works every time: the curd thickens properly, becomes satiny-smooth, and there's not one drop of cooked egg to strain.
  • Once the mixture is ready, add the lemon zest.
  • Pour the mixture into a heavy based non reactive saucepan.
  • Cook on low to low medium heat for 10 to 15 mins, stirring regularly, scrape the bottom as you stir.
  • Do not let the curd boil. 
  • After 10 mins or so the mixture will become thick and custard like.
  • In order to check, take some curd on the back of your ladle, run your finger through it, if it leaves a clear path, your curd is ready.
  • Remove from heat, stir occassionally while it is cooling down.
  • Put in sterilised bottles. The curd stays upto 7/8 days in the fridge.
The beaten curd mixture with lemon zest!

You can have the curd on buttered toast, it tastes lovely.  Apart from that there are numerous ways to use the lemon curd. I made a family sized lemon tart and took to a friends' party.



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On the 28th of September this year the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is going to  take place. This is a fantastic one day fundraising event hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support to raise money for people with lives affected by cancer.


Silver Spoon, the homegrown sugar people, are the official sugar sponsor for the event, and this year have decided to launch a fantastic competition as part of their activity. On the 24th August 2012 Silver Spoon and Macmillan are launching Silver Spoons Little Local Hero Awards. They are scouring the country for local heroes under the age of 18 who have done something truly special. Your local little hero could have looked after their little sister when they were ill, gone to great lengths to make Mother’s Day very special, or done something fantastic to raise money for charity. 

If you know someone under 18 in your local area who you think would be a worthy winner, just follow this link and explain in less than 100 words who you are nominating, why, and what you would bake them to say thank you www.macmillan.org.uk/littlehero.

Master Pâtissier Eric Lanlard, star of Channel 4’s Baking Mad with Eric Lanlard, will choose a Silver Spoon National Little Hero and to celebrate he will bake them a special cake of their choice! 10 runners up will also receive a Silver Spoon Baking Hamper packed full of exciting treats.

There are sure to be some amazing stories from our local little heroes all over the country, but in the meantime don’t forget to register to hold your own coffee morning on the 28th September, just follow this link and you can help to raise money for people with lives affected by cancer. http://coffeeregister.macmillan.org.uk/2012/register.asp


60 comments:

  1. Suchi I am drooling over this lemony post my dear...I must try and make the curd once. Thank you for posting about the coffee morning..will check with my school if they allow SEN students names nominated(quite a few are worth mentioning for their deeds)

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  2. I am not too fond of lemon curd, I have made a cheese cake once and every one loved it (thank god) but I think chocolate still wins for me :)
    The recipe is simple so may be ll try when i bake next :)
    Love the bird clip to hold the pages, makes cooking so much easier!!

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  3. Tomar handwriting khoob shundor Suchi. And that brid clip is too cute..Lemon curd looks too tempting..

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  4. I've been meaning to make some lime or grapefruit curd for quiet sometime now but haven't got around to it yet ! tsk tsk :D Come to think of it , I haven't actually eaten a lemon tart yet . And when you're living in a place where you can buy cheap and utterly delicious egg tarts , you wouldn't think of any other tarts ! lol Anyway , your lemon tart looks fantastic ! I'm salivating just by looking at it ! :D

    Glad that you're back blogging and not pining over your recently-deceased laptop ! lol

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    1. Sorry Anne I have been disappearing a bit too often :-(

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  5. Love the tangy and tarty flavor of lemon curds. Perfect for a tart

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  6. hi suchi, how are you. this is very interesting. bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

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  7. Your pictures are so amazing Suchi, I love lemon curd, well back in Greece we are using lemons in everything :)

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  8. I like your writing style...very conversational....envious :)

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  9. Wonderful lemon curd and your pics are gorgeous!

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  10. Lovely Suchi amd your pictures are amazing!

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  11. I love how you zest your lemon:D Love lemon curd anything. Your tart looks inviting.

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  12. i adore lemon curd - and now i totally just want to run to the kitchen and make some of this right this instant.

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  13. I love the way you have swirled your Lemons Suchi... It must have taken you a lot of time doing that.

    Love the pics. I am not that big a fan of Lemon Curd and flavors.. but I can have a scoop from yours ;)

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  14. I love lemon curd but never tried making at home.Your recipe looks easy and delish!!!I'm tempted to try now :)The tart looks gorgeous and I'm sure your friends must have enjoyed it a lot!!

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  15. the lemon curd looks amazing :-) one of my weaknesses too :-)

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  16. You know, I have never made lemon curd before, but this looks fantastic! I think it's about time I tried making it!

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  17. Lemon curd is in my 'things to do' list. Your pie looks so packed with lemon flavor!

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  18. Suchi, i love the look of the lemons after zesting, all different designs in that first collage :-)
    Haven't seen a lemon around here in India.. do you think it would work with ripe limes? Your recipe sounds delicious and i have wondered about lemon curd often since seeing it on masterchef..

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  19. OMG,
    Your photographs are stunning! The tart looks amazing!

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  20. Adorable photographs Suchi. First time to your blog, wonderful one. Lemon tart looks awesome!

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  21. Suchy, your lemon curd is absolutely gorgeous, perfect, with just the right tartness! Love, lemon curd, and especially a real homemade lemon tart. Just drooling over the yummy tart!

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  22. Hi Suchi, Thanks for dropping by my space.My Eid was great. I have been really busy ever since, so have been guilty of neglecting my blog. I once made lemon squares/bars from a famous baking website and ended up trashing almost the entire batch. It was way too tart for my family's liking. Ever since I'm really scared about trying anything lemony but your lemon tart looks really inviting. Thanks for bringing it to my Virtual Eid Potluck Party. I'm sure the guests will love it :)

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  23. You take such beautiful food photos -- that looks so good too! :)

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  24. Exquisito pie de limón luce increíble,muy bello diseño,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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  25. Now I'm hungry although I already ate - your lovely pictures must have done that! :)

    You really have a nice blog here. Your karma must be a very good one ! :)

    Have a nice week!

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  26. Yummy lemon curd,delicious!!

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  27. lemon curd looks amazing... can feel the flavours of lemon and curd.. will try it soon..

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  28. Often wondered what lemon curd is lol Doesn't seem to be much of a work or it is 'coz your stunning clicks kept me captivated ;)

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  29. Hi Suchi,
    My first time here. Love that pattern on the lemons there. I'm your newest follower.Good pics on your blog :)

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  30. Such a gorgeous recipe and an exciting lemon curd tart. I dont like Lemon curd yet or maybe I haven't had a good one yet. The " the world's biggest coffee morning" sound such a good initiative. WOnderful of you to promote it on your blog

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  31. Hi Suchi, I love lemon curd, yours look so good. Yum yum...
    Beautiful pictures :) Love the lemon craft.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  32. I am making lemon curd right now! Love this tart :)

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  33. Awesome recipe, lemon curd looks so yummy.

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  34. Lemon curd looks delicious as does the tart, my 1 st visit here, following your blog.

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  35. Lemon curd sounds fantastic to me....

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