March 19, 2009

Seriously Citrusy

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Meyer lemon curd and lime curd

There's an abundance of assorted citrus fruits at Costco and I couldn't resist their bright sunny spring colors. I haven't stopped buying Cara Cara oranges, got a large bag each of limes and Meyer lemons, and one humongous bag of Jaffa Sweeties, a cross of pomelo and white grapefruit. They are soooo deliciously sweet I want to eat them all day long everyday, the whole year round if possible. These citrus fruits are developed in Israel and just like Cara Cara this is the first time I heard of them. To my dismay when I went back to get another bag they were all gone after only a week in the store.

Jaffa Sweetie, Cara Cara Orange, Calamansi

Jaffa Sweeties, I love you so

Meyer lemons

I have so much limes and lemons there isn't space in the refrigerator to store them. I froze some of the juice in a Wilton silicone baking mold with 1-inch squares for tiny cakes or brownies. Each square holds exactly 1 tablespoon of liquid, perfect for freezing citrus juices for later use. I made some into lime curd and lemon curd, both are utterly yummy, sweet and slightly tart. Next week, I will be busy baking lemon, lime, or calamansi pound cakes.

Lime or Lemon Curd
½ cup butter, diced
1 cup sugar
½ cup lime juice (or Meyer lemon juice)
grated zest of two limes (or Meyer lemons)
4 extra large eggs or 5 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Put butter, sugar, juice, and zest into a glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. Let butter melt, then gradually whisk in the beaten eggs. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened to the consistency of instant pudding, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, wipe bottom of bowl, and cool for a few minutes. Transfer the curd into a clean jar, cool completely, cover jar, and store in the refrigerator.
  • Spread on buttery biscuits, crumpets, English muffins, crisp Belgian wafers, fruits...
great on chewy crunchy toasted English muffins


caninecologne said...

hi oggi
can't wait to see your calamansi pound cakes. could you please post the recipe?

i just froze some calamansi juice into ice cube trays as well. our tree in the backyard finally bore fruit this winter. plus my parents have given us extras from their tree as well.

right now, we're enjoying valencia and blood oranges.

Sidney said...

Looks delicious once again.

Jescel said...

i so want to buy some meyer lemons. unfortunately, it's not easy to find them here in florida (miami)... :o( I love those calamansi though... good for making calamansi juice..

Anonymous said...

I thought the icemakers were chocolates, Yummy treat!

Oggi said...

Caninecologne, I'm jealous, you have a steady supply of calamansi.:)

Sidney, thanks.:)

Jescel, I got mine from Costco, they're very cheap too.

G, they're good with biscuits.

Paula Maack said...

Oggi, our photos in this post are so mouth-wateringly terrific!!! I am loving all of the beautiful citrus!

Such vibrant curds, it's like sunshine in jars. I want some!!!

Well done!


~ Paula

Oggi said...

Paula, sunshine in jars, I love that!:)

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