Citrus Curd { and some quick desserts}

“FOR LAST YEAR’S WORDS BELONG TO LAST YEAR’S LANGUAGE AND NEXT YEAR’S AWAIT ANOTHER VOICE.  AND TO MAKE AN END IS TO MAKE A BEGINNING.”  T.S. Eliot

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

Happy New Year!  I hope this is a great year for everyone!  In the past, I have made and tried to stick to resolutions which included exercising more and swearing less, raising my expectations and lowering my expectations, losing weight and finding joy, living with grace vs. putting myself first more often!  Oh yes….and take my vitamins!  But what worked for me last year and what I look forward to again this year…is to live simply. 

This year, I’ll start by getting back to basics again.  I love those very simple recipes that lend themselves to versatility.   Like lemon curd.  It’s been on my mind again lately since watching a cooking show where lemon curd was made for the whole purpose of dipping biscotti.  Who knew?  I’ve only dipped my biscotti in coffee or tea!  I’ve made Martha Stewart’s lemon curd recipe before and it is really good!  But Alex Guarnaschelli adds orange juice to her lemon curd.  And so I thought….why not go for the trifecta!  A combo of both recipes with the addition of lime!  And thus….citrus curd was born.  So go ahead and dip away or read on for more scrumptious recipes……

…..The thing I LOVE about all of these recipes is that they come together quickly.  Whether you make it yourself or you have a jar of your favorite curd in the fridge, with a few other ingredients you can throw together a dessert which looks elegant and special.  So let’s start with the curd……

CITRUS CURD:

  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter

(You may choose to use all of one fruit or mix and match…like lemon lime!)

In a large stainless steel pot, whisk together the sugar, yolks and zests for about 3-4 minutes until the mix is light in color.  Whisk in the juices.  Put the pot over low heat and continue to whisk until the mix starts to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.  Start adding the butter 1 Tablespoon at a time.  When all the butter is incorporated, strain through a mesh sieve to another container to cool.  Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap down on the top of the curd to prevent a skin from forming as it cools. 

Yields:  1 1/2 cups

 

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

These ladyfinger sandwiches are my favorite!  Sweet and soft and tangy!

LADYFINGER CITRUS SANDWICHES:

  • 1 package (24) ladyfingers
  • 8 ounces of mascarpone cheese
  • 8 ounces citrus curd
  • 3 Tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 12 strawberries

Mix the mascarpone, butter and citrus curd in a bowl.  Spread on both sides of a ladyfinger.  Layer with sliced strawberries.  And put the ladyfingers together to form a sandwich.  Garnish with powdered sugar.

 

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

Yields:  a dozen sandwiches with some leftover cheese mix.

I always have whipping cream on hand.  And this next recipe is good for most any fruit.  If you don’t have curd, you can even puree some berries and fold those into the whipped cream as well.

CITRUS CREAM MARTINIS:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of citrus curd
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • fruit for garnishing (kiwi,orange slices, blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries work well!)

Whip the cream and vanilla extract till soft peaks form.  Fold the citrus curd in, one half a cup at a time.  Pipe into martini glasses or dessert glasses and top with fruit and bits of zest.

Yields:  6 mini martini glasses

 

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

I don’t think you can ever go wrong with puffed pastry.  You can also used premade phyllo cups.  You can layer this between sheets of already baked puffed pastry or you can use pie crust and make mini tart shells.

CITRUS NESTS:

  • 1 package of puffed pastry shells (usually 6 in a box)
  • 1 1/2 cups of citrus cream cheese (from ladyfinger recipe above)
  • 1/2 cup of citrus curd
  • fruit for topping (kiwi, orange slices, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries work well)

Bake the puffed pastry according to directions on packaging (roughly 20 minutes).  Let cool.  Scoop out the circular top.  Place 1/4 cup of cream cheese citrus mix on the bottom.  Top with citrus curd and garnish with fruit.

Yields:  6 nests.

Citrus Curd | From My Sweet Heart

These are just a few examples of what you can do with citrus curd.  It would also be lovely spread atop meringue on a pavlova, or sandwiched with jam between layers of pretty pieces of pound cake.  But whether you choose to make a quick last minute dessert, or you just prefer to spread it on bread, toast or scones, I hope you will try making your own fruit curd this year. 

Enjoy!

:-)

 

Comments

  1. You know I have this weakness for anything with sour and tangy taste, so I am going to love all these you have shared.

  2. All these look so delicious! For some reason I am in a fruit mode instead of chocolate, so I find these especially intriguing. Glad I do not have to decide on just one, it would be difficult. It is amazing how getting back to basics can turn out so stunning-great pictures!

    • Thanks Tina! I just wanted to show what you can do with a little bit of fruit curd. My favorite were the ladyfinger sandwiches! : )

  3. Anne!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012! I love this post. Yes… live simply. Take each day for the joy it brings and don’t sweat the small stuff. :) I wish you nothing but the best this year! I love this lemon curd and all the absolutely beautiful dishes you made with it. Gorgeous pictures. I am so thankful to have met you via the blogs this year and enjoyed getting to know you. I can’t wait to see all beautiful sweet things you create in 2012! Sending you a big New Year’s hug!! ~ Ramona :)

    • Ramona!!! Happy New Year to you too!!! You are right. No more sweating the small stuff! There is joy in every day if you just open your heart to let it in. I love lemon curd but think it gets a bad wrap…I think it’s the name…curd. I’ve got to think of a new name for that! But I was just trying to make a point that you can do so much with it! I am so grateful to have met you as well. And I am so happy to be sharing with you again in the new year. You are an absolute doll! All the best to you and your family this year! : )

  4. I love “back to basics” recipes. I’ve always wanted to make citrus curd but haven’t done it yet. It sounds so good though, and I love those lady finger sandwiches! Happy New Year, Anne. It was so wonderful to “meet” you this year. Many blessings to you and your family for 2012! XO

    • Happy New Year Cassie! I know you are a ‘back to basics’ girl! I hope you find something good to do with fruit curd this year. Though the ladyfingers are my favorite, too! It’s been my pleasure to get to know you this past year and so very happy that we met. All the best to you and your family this year! : )

  5. Not only I love the treats on this post, but the presentation is beautiful! Love the ribbon dish. Happy New Year!

    • Thanks Anna! Happy New Year to you! All so very easy. You know that dish? I got it at Marshalls for something like 6 bucks. And it came with a red and white polka dot ribbon. So I just went to the fabric store and got a color to go with my theme here. I’ve seen a lot of those white cake stands with ribbons. And now I know…and I want everyone who has them to know….that it’s so easy to switch out the ribbon, just be sure to get the same size wired ribbon. I have a feeling you will be seeing this dish again in the future! ;- )

  6. Anne, this ALL sounds amazing. I could eat my weight in curd (and believe me, that’s a LOT of curd hehe) I’ve been meaning to make some more curd; now you have me motivated :-D

    Happy New Year to you and yours, Anne :-) *hugs*

    • Happy New Year Janet! Don’t you just love curd….so sweet and tart and tangy? I need to find a new name for curd….and then more people would try it! It’s one of my absolute favorite things to work with! Hope you and your family have a great year! : )

  7. Oh my goodness Anne… what a post! Your citrus curd is gorgeous (as are your photos…) – and you’ve provided us with so many ideas and options for incorporating it into various desserts. The martinis are just to die for… particularly love the zest and piece of fruit on top with the decorative ribbon below – so pretty! Thank you for the T.S. Eliot quote. What a nice way to ring in the new year with these words. All the best in 2012 Anne ~ bliss to you.

    • Kelly! Thanks so much! And thanks always for your support and inspiration! It has been a joy getting to know you and I am really looking forward in continuing that in the coming year! Happy New Year! All the best to you and your family! And bliss…..one of my favorite words!!! : )

  8. Yum! This is definitely bookmarked for future use!

    • Thanks! Keep a jar of lemon (or any fruit) curd in the fridge and you can usually whip up a pretty quick and easy dessert! : )

  9. Anne, I’m a big fan of citrus flavors and this curd looks delicious! I bet it would be fabulous in all of those desserts !!

    • Happy New Year Stephanie! With your hectic schedule….with a jar of this in the fridge….you’ll always have a quick dessert! : )

  10. So much for MY new years resolution to lose weight! I just put on 5 pounds looking at all of these gorgeous treats! :) What a post Anne! The citrus curb looks delicious and all the treats that use it – WOW! I honestly can’t say which one I like the most – maybe the cream martinis, but then anything in a puff pastry is a HUGE weakness of mine. Great post! I look forward to more of your recipes and just getting to know you better. You’ve been a joy to follow! Wishing you the best in 2012!

    • LOL….sorry MJ! I’m going to put a sign on my blog to advise everyone to jog in place as you peruse my recipes! A little citrus curd goes a long way. The mini martinis were definitely good and pretty light. But I’m a big puff pastry fan also! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, too and can’t wait to see what this new year brings to all of us! But I’m happy to start with one of your bloody mary’s! All the best to you in the coming year! : )

  11. Wow, looks like you’ve been busy, and what a wonderful idea for citrus curd!! I am not usually much of a fan of lemon curd or lemon desserts, but lime and orange, yes yes! So, I imagine this is terrific. I love the idea of dipping biscotti in curd too…what a divine treat. I hope you had a very fabulous New Year’s Eve and look forward to the coming year and sharing all our love of food. Also, I love your “live simply” resolution. This is exactly what I have been thinking about recently and this can be acheived. Here’s to another year of living simply for you and for me trying out this novel new lifestyle!

    • Thanks Maggie! You can make this all orange or all lime! I just love this stuff! I hope you have a great year to come. Yes….we can do this ‘living simply’ thing. And I think we’ll be more sane because of it! Glad your family is all together and I wish you all the very best in the year to come! : )

  12. Love, love, LOVE lemon curd – what a great idea to add three citrus juices….I love it! This was one heck of a post – the cookies, martini…everything! It looks amazing!

    • Happy New Year and thanks for your friendship this past year, Ann. It’s meant so much. You’ve also got me adding a light side to sweet this year and hope to be posting to that category soon! All the best to you and HB in the coming year! : )

  13. Anne, you are amazing! Not one, but a whole host of gorgeous citrus treats. What a delightful post and a great quote to start off a brand new year. Hope it fulfills your hopes and wishes.
    Hester xo

    • Thanks Hester! I’ve loved getting to know you and following your wonderful blog this past year and I look forward to what 2012 brings us this year. You know I’ll be following! All the best to you and your family for a wonderful New Year, Hester!
      : )

  14. Oh, Anne, everything looks incredible! I love the thought of dipping biscotti in citrus curd…yummy! And I love all your curd ideas! Beautiful! Happy New Year, my sweet friend!

    • Thanks Liz! That means so much since you know I am in awe of your baking abilities! A joy getting to know you and I look forward to continuing that in the coming year! All the best to you and your family for the coming year! : )

  15. My, my, my simply my!!! I adore this dessert spread you did an amazing job. I’ve only made lemon curd so far but love the idea of a citrus one, super yummy. Wish I could have gone shopping with you also.

    • Thanks Sandra….coming from my friend with the amazing sense of style! I can’t tell you how many times I wish you were here looking over my shoulder and helping me sort out my food styling and table settings! I’m going to ‘borrow’ an idea from you, and while I don’t often do a whole table setting….if I’m using something I found at a bargain…I’m going to start mentioning where I found it. You’ve inspired me with so many ideas and got me looking at the most common things in the most uncommon way! Glad to have met you and looking forward to following your beautiful blog all year round! Happy New Year my friend! : )

  16. LOVE your resolution! AND I love all of your ideas of what to do with citrus curd. I’m never that inventive. I usually just eat it straight up! LOL. Thanks for being such a great friend Anne and I hope 2012 brings you nothing but joy, peace, prosperity, and happiness! … Oh, and simplicity! :D HUGS!!!

    • Tiffany….thank YOU for your wonderful friendship and your always positive and supportive outlook! Hugs to you and I wish all GREAT things for you in the coming year. Oh…and the lemon curd…..a spoon and a jar is simple enough for me! : )

  17. Everything looks so pretty and yummy. I love curds so the combination of all the citrus sounds amazing to me. I love that your getting back to basics… I like straight forward recipes and food it’s nice sometimes to depart from the over elaborate recipes and just make good uncomplicated food. I look forward to seeing what your cooking up. :)

    • Thanks Susie! I love the challenge of making a ‘fancy’ dessert. But sometimes the best tasting things are simple and with few ingredients. More seasonal fruit desserts are in my future, too! Look forward to visiting you often in the coming year! : )

  18. Funny – we just made some Meyer lemon curd! Thanks for giving us some ideas on how to eat it!

  19. I love curd. I just made orange and lemon curd for my trifle – but didn’t go as far as adding the lime!!! These recipes look amazing.

    • Hi Jules! And thanks! I bet that trifle was amazing! So many great uses for curd. I want to make some straight orange curd next! : )

  20. Happy New Year!!!!
    Love the lemon curd, everything looks so good.
    Wishing you all the best, xo

  21. Wow.Gorgeous curd. What a great idea to add all those flavors in one curd. I love all the beautiful desserts you made with it.

    • Hi Lora and thanks so much! I’ve only ever made lemon curd in the past….so thought I might try and kick it up a bit! And all of these desserts were quick and easy! : )

  22. This looks amazing and I love that you give different ideas for what to use this curd with. I’ve made lemon curd before but have only had it on pound/angel food cakes, or swirled into cake batter. And I love your photos! :)

    • Hi Ryan and thanks! I’ve really only used it to jazz up cakes in the past. But I’ve never tried swirling it INTO the batter! What a GREAT idea!!! : )

  23. I can’t wait to try this citrus curd recipe! You have so many wonderful ways to use it! This is my first time visiting your blog and it will not be my last!

    • Hi Marcia….and thanks so much! I was trying to change lemon curd’s reputation! But I am so glad you stopped by and even more delighted that you took the time to leave such a kind comment! Hope to see you again! : )

  24. Just one more reason to love lemon curd! I’ve stopped making resolutions – I just find them depressing!

    • Hi Jen….I love lemon curd right out of the jar! And resolutions…..it’s too much stress. I’m keeping it simple these days…. ;- }

  25. Happy New Year Anne! Gorgeous desserts and citrus curd (I’m in love with lemon curd) is always dangerous to me. I won’t stop eating till it’s all gone. What a nice recipe and I’ll save this to indulge myself once I lose “some” weight (didn’t say “all” the weight gain!). ;-)

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