Zesty Lemon and Lime Curd

Hello,

Recently I have been quite keen to make some homemade preserves, as there are many times during the year where we find a temporary oversupply of delicious fruit and vegetables. Making my own condiments with local produce has been a little dream since the beginning of our whole tree change adventure, a rite of passage for the country life! The funny thing is I have returned home many times with large quantities of strawberries, plums and tomatoes, intending to preserve them. However, they have always magically turned into cakes or soups!

I had a few lemon and limes remaining from a cocktail night, so today I would like to share with you how I turned them into the most delicious and zesty Lemon and Lime Curd. What I love about citrus curd is the harmony between sweetness, sourness and creaminess of the egg and butter. I have refined this recipe a few times to find the right balance between zesty citrus and that lingering creaminess.

This Lemon and Lime Curd can be used as a spread on toast, pancakes, pavlova and tart filling. I find it most ideal as an accompaniment with light and buttery scones topped with a dollop of cream.

Lemon and Lime Curd

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What you will need:

3 eggs

2 egg yolks

170g caster sugar

Juice and Zest from 2 lemons

Juice from 4 limes

150g salted butter (chopped)

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Directions:

  1. Separate egg yolks, finely grate lemon zest and extract juice  from the lemons and limes.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, the two yolks and sugar until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is well combined.
  3. Add the juice and zest and further combine.DSC_6133
  4. Place a double boiler or a bowl over a post of simmering water. Ensure the base of the top pot or bowl is not touching the simmering water.
  5. Add the egg and lemon mixture and cook using low to medium heat, stirring continuously for 10-15 min or until thickened.DSC_6135
  6. Add the chopped butter individually and whisking the mixture in between further additions.DSC_6134
  7. When thick and glossy turn off the heat and cover to cool aside.DSC_6138
  8. Serve when slightly cooled or store in a sterilised jar and refrigerate.
  9. Test the lemon curd regularly with a little spoon when no one is watching, just to check if still delicious!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe and have some fun making your own zesty curd preserve. Please note that I forgot to label the jar with ‘lime’, the featured curd is made from this recipe!

Smacznego and have a bright and zesty day,

Jacqueline

 

 

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Strawberry Pierogi ~ Polish Strawberry Dumplings

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Hello again!

Today I will be sharing with you something very close to my heart, my Pierogi recipe that I have tweaked into my own over the years. Pierogi are delicate little dumplings filled with a variety of delicious fillings ranging from meat and cabbage, mushroom, farm house white cheese and onion, to berries and cherries for a sweeter version. Every Polish grandmother has their own Pierogi recipe that of course is the best (but not as good as my Grandmother’s!) Such a simple yet mouth watering dish that has become one of the national dishes of Poland.

My beautiful Grandmother Babcia Zosia is one of the most brilliant cooks I have ever known. She can cook the simplest or most difficult dish with such perfection without ever using a recipe, and will leave you with a lingering food memory for years to come. She could cater for our entire extended family in her tiny little kitchen with ease, and prepare excessive amounts of food and dishes Every Single Time. However, her everyday simple cooking left me most mesmerised. Her way of cooking humble chicken drumsticks or a crumbed mince-filled crepe would leave me in awe likened to an experience of a good restaurant.

Sadly, my Kochana Babcia (loving Grandmother) is currently very unwell and in honour of her, I would like to share my version of my absolute favourite dish she cooked for me as a child; Strawberry Pierogi. Many summers ago, Babcia would make these beautiful Pierogi filled with strawberries and she would serve them boiled, with copious amounts of melted butter or cream drizzled over the top and finished with a generous sprinkling of sugar. This would be a dessert after a long day of feasting or even better, this dish would be made for me as an ordinary lunch during a sleep over as a young child. To be given such a sweet and delicious treat as a meal is certainly a highlight of my childhood!

Strawberry Pierogi

For the Pierogi Dough you will need:

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  • 800g Plain flour
  • 100gm Butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 400ml Water
  • Pinch of salt

*Makes approximately 100 Pierogi. Simply halve the ingredients for less dough

  1. Sift flour over a bowl (or over your kitchen mixer bowl). Gently rub the butter into the flour until you have a coarse crumb texture. By hand (or using the kneading attachment on your kitchen mixer), slowly knead in each egg individually until completely incorporated.
  2. Add the water slowly by pouring in a steady stream whilst continuously kneading the dough. Once incorporated, knead for a further 10 min by hand (or knead with your kitchen mixer for 15 min on a low to medium setting). Kneading the dough for sufficient time is very important in achieving a smooth and pliable dough.

DSC_27473. Cover and refrigerate the dough for a few hours, and leave out in room temperature for a further 20 min before required. I have discovered this process over the years of making Pierogi and it helps so much with the ease of roiling out the dough later on.

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4. Once the dough has rested, sprinkle a dusting of flour over a wooden board or a clean surface. Roll out the dough until about 3mm thick. Using an inverted tumbler or cookie cutter dusted in flour, cut out circles approximately 7 cm in diameter. Cover with a tea towel to prevent them from drying out before you fill each one.

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For the Strawberry filling you will need:

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  • 1 kg Strawberries washed and halved
  • 3 Tbs caster sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon

To serve you will need:

  • Pouring cream (or any cream you prefer, or melted butter)
  • Sprinkle of coarse or Demerara sugar for each serve

 

  1. Mix the halved strawberries with the sugar and juice until combined.
  2. Hold a circle of dough and place 1 1/2 teaspoons of filling in the centre of each circle. Carefully fold the dough in half and press the edges together with your finger tips. If there is a noticeable gap in the dou before closing, add some more filling as too much air inside could cause them to fall apart during the cooking process.

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3. Boil a large pot of water and cook about 7-10 dumplings at time for about 2-3 minutes (they should float to the top). Take them out and drain separated so they don’t stick together.

4. Serve immediately with a sprinkling of coarse sugar and a lovely drizzle of cream.

Note: You can freeze the unboiled Pierogi for about 3-6 months. Ensure you freeze them separately, before sealing them in a freezer bag or container to avoid them sticking together. I prefer to make them in advance and boil them frozen as they tend to keep their shape better.

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Please let me know how your Pierogi go, and please don’t hesitate to ask any questions. They are so much fun to make together with friends and family, and they taste so delicious.

Smacznego and happy cooking!

Jacqueline