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Friday, August 6, 2010

Homemade Fresh Lemon Curd

Happy Friday ladies!  I can't believe how quickly this past week has gone!

The other day, my soon to be niece in law surprised me with 1 1/2 dozen eggs that she had just gathered from her very own chickens!  How great is that?  So, what to do with so many eggs?  Why, how about some fresh lemon curd?!  I love anything lemony, and this recipe from Martha Stewart is the best!

First off, Mise en place, which means "everything in it's place".  In other words, before cooking or baking anything, be sure to get all of your ingredients and tools & utensils organized & ready!
Now that's alot of eggs!!
Yes, this is a bit time consuming of a recipe.  But it's oh, so worth it!  Be sure to stir constantly as stated.  One thing that I do that I am surprised they don't mention is to strain your lemon juice!  You don't want any stray seeds or pulpy stuff in your curd!

I really love my micro planer!  It makes zesting the lemons a breeze, so much better than box graters!
 Ok, not sure if you can tell from this picture, but this egg is a double yolker!  I was so excited when I discovered this, that I grabbed for the camera, sticky egg white fingers and all!  There were actually two eggs that were double yolks!  You can't find those in grocery store eggs!

Lots of wisking.  My mouth is really watering now!
Mmmmm!  Here is the finished product, on some nice sourdough toast!  Sooo yummy!
Isn't this little antique porcelain pot adorable?  When my BIL's mother passed away several years ago, no one wanted it (can you believe it?!), so they gave it to me.  Love it!

I joked to hubby that I was going to be the next Julie of "Julie & Julia" fame!  I can see it now:  Coming soon to a theater near you: "Donna & Martha".  tee hee!  Have a great weekend, and be sure to let me know if you try the recipe!

I am linking up to the following fun linky parties:
Chic on a Shoestring's Flaunt it Friday
Beyond the Picket Fence Under $100 Party 
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special


mizdarlin said...

It's funny, that is exactly the recipe someone gave me eons ago..and it is yummy good..actually, I liked the pulp in it, gave it some tang...but straining is a good idea if you don't like pulp..
Being old-fashioned, I used the hand-under-the-squeezing-hand as my seed catcher..

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow, this is fantastic!!! What an amazing post! You are welcome to hook it up for the Creative Spirit challenge on Sunday--I'd love to have you!

Adeline Country Cottage said...

Oh I want some....yummy!!! I might have to try Martha's way.


Donna said...

Funny...I,Donna, made lemon curd tonight too! That's so funny...ESP maybe...but I put mine in a pecan, graham cracker crust and put whipped cream on the top...yum! Your picture of the bread looks delicious!! Many of Martha's recipes are in my save pile too!!!

Leo said...

This looks yummy. I will have to try it. I have never heard of lemon curd...so this is something totally new for me!

Clarissa Emily said...

Ooooh! That looks so tasty! I've never attempted lemon curd before... Maybe it's time! Thank you for your sweet comments about my cloche...it made my day! I hope you come by and visit again sometime! :) Have a lovely day!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Donna!
Now don't forget us when you become famous! I'll be watching for your new show, the Donna and Martha Show! LOL!
From the looks of that lemon curd you could be the next food star.
I had to come over and get caught up on your posts. I love the cabinet on the previous post with the toile fabric. Very pretty.


Lynn said...

Hi Donna! This looks great, and I love the blue and yellow! I'm starting a little shout out on my blog called "Sharing A Little Bloggy Love" and would like to feature your recipe tomorrow night. Just shoot me an e-mail if you don't want me to. Thanks for posting such a yummy recipe!

Sandi said...

Your photos are fabulous!! I LOVE homemade lemon curd. I have made it one time and it was so yummy!!!

Christine said...

Martha rocks!! That recipe looks so yummy, and I can't believe no one wanted that cute little pot...oh well!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! "I am SO making this"... LOVE REAL lemon stuff NEVER the fake that tastes like someone dropped a lollipop in the mix... How long will this last in the fridge??? That is IF no one eats it up all at one sitting... Thank you SO much for the recipe, Donna

DeeAnna said...

I love lemon curd! I can't wait to try Martha's recipe. Yummmmm sourdough toast sounds delicious right about now.