Thursday, January 24, 2008
This recipe is from Alton Brown. I used the wonderful Meyer lemons that are in season right now, and I was really happy with the result. I recommend spreading a little on a warm, homemade scone- delicious!
4 lemons, zested and juiced (1/3 C juice)
1 C sugar
5 egg yolks
1 stick unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pats
Fill a medium sized pot with water and bring to a simmer. In a medium metal bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar, and then add the lemon zest and juice. Whisk until well combined, and place the bowl over the pot on the stove to create a double boiler. Reduce the heat to low and make sure that the bottom of the bowl sits above the water, not in it. Continue to whisk the mixture until it thickens and becomes pale yellow, about 8 minutes- it should coat the back of a spoon.
Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, one pat at a time until they melt. Transfer to a clean container and refrigerate. You can preserve the curd in jars processed in a steam canner for 15 minutes, or keep it in the refrigerator for a few days.
Makes one pint.