Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Key Lime Curd

On the heels of juicing all my Florida key limes for some pie, I had some remaining key lime juice.  Key lime curd seemed like quite a good fit, and I got right to it!  Spruced up with a good amount of zest, this fruit curd comes out delightfully tart and a little sweet :)

Key Lime Curd
adapted from Annie's Eats
yield:  ~8oz

3 large eggs
1/2c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
1/4c freshly squeezed key lime juice
4T unsalted butter, cut into chunks
pinch salt
2t key lime zest

Add the lime zest to a small bowl and place a fine metal strainer over the bowl.  Set aside while you make the key lime curd.

In a small (non-reactive) saucepan, combine the eggs and sugar.  Whisk until well combined, and then add the key lime juice while you continue to whisk.  Being careful not to heat the mixture too quickly (to avoid scrambled eggs), place the pan over medium-low heat, whisking constantly.  Add in the butter and salt and stir well until melted.  Continue to cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture becomes opaque and thick.  A spoon or spatula should be able to leave a path when drawn through the curd.

Remove the pan from the heat and immediately pass through the strainer set on top of the bowl.  Mix strained key lime curd with the zest and allow to cool.  Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.  This should keep a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.

How should I use my key lime curd??


Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

This looks great! I love curds with a cookie and tea... or as part of a tart!

Delicious Dishings said...

I love curd! I'd definitely put it in some kind of cake. You can also make whipped cream and stir some in for a lime-y whipped cream. Yum!

Joanne said...

Given how much I love lemon curd, I think key lime curd would be right up my alley as well! The perfect mix of tart and sweet.

Hannah said...

Having a citrus curd on hand is like having an ace up your sleeve! It's such a versatile ingredient that can brighten up so many desserts or snacks. I love using in a trifle with vanilla cake and fresh berries.

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

Yum. I love citrus curds but never think to make them.

Jennifer Kendall said...

i just adore citrus curd...this looks fabulous! i definitely need to try your key lime version!

Erica said...

Yes please! I love that tart flavor

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I'd love this in a tart or as a filling in a layer cake! Yum!

vanillasugarblog said...

I could eat that with a spoon.
Man I love key lime curd.

Val said...

This is something I need to do. Love curds.

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I love citrus curd and I bet this key lime version is fantastic. You'll have to make up some scones to eat it on! :-)

We Are Not Martha said...

This is making me SO happy for spring. Key limes are everything! :)


Emily said...

Gorgeous. You should make mini key lime curd frozen tarts topped with whipped cream. :)

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