Saturday, August 11, 2012

Lemon Curd, prettier than it sounds!

In preparation for baking lemon scones this weekend, I decided to try my hand at making lemon curd, since a not-so-generous jar costs quite a bit in the grocery store, and even more at specialty food markets.  How difficult can it be?  Well, it turns out it is not difficult at all, in fact, it's easy and very inexpensive to make.  Must be the pretty packaging accounts for the steep price these days.  And now that I've made it myself, there's no going back (unless I get fooled again by that pretty jar!  It's been known to happen!).

The recipe I used is from Ina Garten, aka The Barefoot Contessa, and a woman I've been compared to, in a big way, more than once (that's a fact).   Is it her dark hair and light complexion?  Is it her manner of speech or group of friends?  OR is it that we both love to bake and cook?  Hmmm.  I think it's more that we're both decades away from our former slender selves AND we love to bake and cook.  The subtle differences are not-so-subtle when you get right down to it -- that house in the Hamptons thing, beachfront property, life on the Atlantic...well, I can wish, and if she needs a stand-in for a few days or the better part of a year, I'm willing (as long as I can take my big and little loves along!).

Speaking of which, I am about to set out on a trip to the sand and surf -- the annual Emerald Isle August trip with my sister Anne and her family, in about 3 and a half hours.  I was up so late baking that if I go to sleep, I'll be miserable when I wake up (yes, I can be miserable!).  So I'm thinking it's better to just stay awake and do productive things like write my blog and maybe pack my bag (nope, not done yet, and it's 4:23 am!). Take a shower.  I'm really looking forward to this trip.  It's pretty much the most fun I have all year, and to say I have been looking forward to getting A-WAY  is a major understatement.  But, before I can have fun, relax, and actually 'vacate' things around here, I had to bake up a STORM (hope for no additional storms on vaca)...  Hence, the lemon curd.  I made it last night and it is not only tasty, it's also pretty. Pretty food can always find its place on my table.

Here's Ina's recipe, followed by my photos.

Even the lemon peel is beautiful - look at that texture! (click to enlarge)

Typically, I blog away while I'm down in E.I., but the loaner laptop from work was still out.  Not sure I'll master blogging on my phone (isn't going to happen) but what I can do is post photos on my fb page, and perhaps get my techno-genius nephew Will (on his way to the College of Charleston) to set me and my phone up.  Look for pictures, there are always pictures!

I'll miss you, my readers, while I'm away, but if I see or experience anything spectacular (which will happen) I'll let you know somehow!

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. Have a wonderful break from your crazy baking/working life. We will miss your blog,etc. but you really need to take a full-time vacation. DO NOT BLOG, BAKE, or BE BOTHERED! Just kick back and enjoy your family and the surf! We will catch up when you return. Love, Lynnie

  2. Time to be bored and non-productive..Enjoy your super vacation
    C June

  3. I'm glad that you posted this lemon curd recipe because I've found that when it's good, it's REALLY good, but when it's bad it's just awful. I look forward to trying this since you were so happy with it.