Whoa! We’re almost done with February and I have yet to do a single post. Where has the time gone? And perhaps more importantly, why haven’t I been in the kitchen?? Well, I’ll tell ya! For most of that time I was frantically studying for the GRE for admittance into grad school, so baking wasn’t exactly on my mind…maybe it should’ve been. As you can see, this was my life for 3 weeks straight:
Again, Ben feels the need to be right there. Clearly he didn’t want me baking anything, either.
In that time I also completed my 30 day challenge of no dairy. It wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be, but I do enjoy having the freedom to eat it as I deem necessary. Plus, baking with the option to use butter will be a little better than coconut oil. Although I’m able to eat dairy products again, I’ll continue to stick with the Paleo diet that I had started. It seems to be working well for me. Before anyone gets too wound up about that thought, don’t fret. I’ll still bake like I used to, but I’ll also post some Paleo-friendly baked goods for anyone who’s doing it, too.
I thought I’d mix it up a bit this time and post something that wasn’t chocolate. No, there’s nothing wrong with me. I just thought others in my household might appreciate something new, something fruity. So this post is about lemon curd. This particular recipe can go either way–it’s Paleo, but I really don’t think you’d notice it all that much. I’ve had “regular” lemon curd (my sister does a fantastic one), and this one doesn’t taste very far off from that.
1/2 cup of lemon juice
¼ cup butter (or coconut oil for a dairy-free version)
½ to 1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp of lemon zest
Place all ingredients in a glass or other heat-resistant bowl and put it over pot of boiling water as you would a double boiler. Whisk constantly until it begins to thicken. It’ll get close to the consistency of pudding. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes. Put plastic wrap over it and refrigerate for 2+ hours.
You can use this lemon curd for cookies, muffins, just eating straight up (maybe with some berries), or however else someone would eat lemon curd.
Recipe adapted from Edible Harmony