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Curd, glorious curd

Okay, it didn't come out quite so glorious this time. Tasty, but much too runny. I'm sure I didn't cook the custard long enough. Anyway, nutmeg3 asked for the recipe when I made it, so here it is (mostly courtesy of Alton Brown):

5 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
5 limes, zested and juiced
1 stick butter, cut into pats and chilled

Heat up about an inch of water in a sauce pan to simmer. Meanwhile, combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium-sized metal bowl and whisk until smooth. Measure citrus juice to 1/3 cup (add water if needed), add juice and zest to egg mixture and whisk smooth. Once water reaches simmer, reduce heat to low and place bowl on top of saucepan (bowl should be large enough to fit on the top of the sauce pan without the bottom touching the water). Whisk until thickened, approximately 8 minutes (which was insufficient for my curd, this time, apparently), until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon. Remove promptly from heat and stir in butter a piece at a time, allowing each addition to melt before adding the next. Remove to a clean container and cover by laying a layer of plaster wrap directly on the surface of the curd. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

With lime curd, note that the bright green zest makes noticeable flecks throughout the curd. :)

I also have a companion recipe to use the five egg yolks:

Chocolate-coconut-pecan macaroons

5 ozs semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces (or chips)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, broken (not crushed)
5 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt chips in a double boiler. Stir until melted and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine cooled chocolate, cocoa, sugar, coconut, pecans, egg whites, and vanilla.

Use a medium-sized ice cream scoop to place cookies on parchment, about an inch apart. Bake until firm to the touch but soft in the middle, about 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet. Makes about 18 cookies.

I developed the coconut/pecan macaroon 'cause I didn't have enough coconut, and I like 'em that way, I find.


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Jun. 6th, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
<< Chocolate-coconut-pecan macaroons >>

Coconut. ::shudders::
Jun. 6th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
Not a coconut fan, eh? :) It's a big favorite 'round these parts, I'm afraid.
Jun. 8th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC)
I have an absolutely visceral hatred of it. My whole body reacts in this creepy, shuddery way.
Jun. 8th, 2005 03:06 am (UTC)
I apologize for my coconut fetish. I will tell you that you can work your way into rahirah's heart with dark chocolate-coconut creams. ;)
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Jun. 6th, 2005 11:55 pm (UTC)
I hate shredded coconut, but the milk (cannned) is glorious. I became a convert on my trip to Bangkok last year.
Jun. 7th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
We like coconut milk, too. Makes a marvelous red curry.
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Diggin' it! What kind of stuff do y'all put in your curry?

I use a bottled Thai curry paste, haven't managed to locate all the ingredients to make my own. I brown chicken pieces, then add various veggies, coconut milk and some spice paste, then let simmer covered til the chicken's done. DH cannot cook to save his life, and suspects it's alchemy. :D
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Jun. 8th, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
I can't stand it in any form. I do especially hate the texture, but the taste and smell gross me out almost as badly.
Jun. 8th, 2005 03:57 am (UTC)
OK, I now know what NOT to make for you if you ever come to Austin! :D The Eeelator likes it--licks it off my finger. Go figure.
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Jun. 6th, 2005 11:39 pm (UTC)
Slightly runny lime curd is better than no lime curd at all! Mmm!

I see you found your Farscape icon. Hee!
Jun. 6th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
I made several, and have a few others I need to make. Ah, the fun!
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
MMM. I'll have to make this some year that I'm not FAT.:p

(Seriously, this sounds yummy and I might make it for a potluck soon.)
Jun. 7th, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Well, you don't have to eat much of it for a nice taste. :) But yes, I understand; I have to actually count my calories for the rest of the summer, or I'm going to keep seesawing like this for eternity. I only have about 35 pounds left to lose, and since I've been maintaining this same weight (give or take five pounds) for over a year now, it shouldn't be that tough to lose if I actually get on the stick (and off the fudge). :)
Jun. 8th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
Good for you! Is your method just counting calories, not doing following a speshul plan like South Beach?
Jun. 8th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Counting calories. The general "eat less, exercise more" appears to be the only real way to lose weight, other than something drastic, like major surgery. But I stopped keeping tabs in a journal and started just running a mental tally, and then stopped entirely, mostly focusing only if I showed any signs of gaining anything back. As such, like I said, I've maintained around 170 for over a year now (I realized that when I found the receipt for my first pair of size-10 jeans, which I apparently bought last May), so it's time to drop those last pounds!
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