July 17, 2023

Meyer Lemon Cardamom Curd

2 tbsp meyer lemon zest (~3 small meyer lemons worth)
1/2cup white sugar
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional for added flavor complexity)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 egg yolks (optional: add an extra egg yolk if you want a thicker consistency. Yolks have a natural thickener called lecithin which is why they are great for sauces)
1 whole egg
2 tbsp raw honey (the honey and maple syrup are optional for added flavor complexity. If you don't have, then just add 2 more tbsp of sugar)
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup fresh squeezed meyer lemon juice
3 tbsp cold butter
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional, but if you don't have it, then add 1 more tsp of vanilla extract)

1) Whisk sugar, salt, and cardamon in a bowl, then add in zest. Rub sugar mixture and zest together with your fingers to release the oils in the zest until a wet sand consistency emerges.
2) Whisk in eggs, honey, maple syrup, until well combined
3) Add mixture with lemon juice in a non-metallic bowl over a double boiler and whisk continuously until it thickens (170F). A double boiler is just a sauce pan with some water simmer on low with a bowl that fits snuggly on top. This is a way of cooking delicate things like eggs in sauces gently to avoid scrambling
4) Take it off heat. Whisk in 1 tbsp of butter a time until well incorporated before adding the next one. 
5) Whisk in vanilla extract and paste
6) Let cool for about 5 minutes then add plastic wrap on surface to prevent skin from forming and cool completely in the fridge (~4 hours)
7) Once cooled, use a fine mesh sieve to strain out zest and create a very smooth consistency

  • Tasted best after 12+ hours of refrigeration. Like just about any sauce, it benefit from some time to let the flavors settle and natural chemical reactions occur. 
  • I would like a thicker curd next time, so I'll add in an extra egg yolk. This would make it a better consistency for tarts, fillings in brioche doughnuts, etc. 
  • Flavor was the right balance of tart and sweet for me, as I really wanted the meyer lemon flavor to be the start with the other flavors being more of the supportive cast to make it more interesting for my taste bud

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