Classic lemon curd is my favourite, but I also have a soft spot for passion fruit or blackcurrant curd. To make one of these variations, simply press the fresh fruit through a fine mesh sieve until you have 100g and use it in place of the lemon zest and juice. Combine the lemon zest and juice with the butter and sugar in a small heatproof bowl. Rest the bowl over a small saucepan of gently simmering water, ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Turn the heat down to low and whisk until the butter has melted.
- Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons
- 50g butter
- 130g caster sugar
- 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
Whisk the egg and egg yolk together and add to the lemon mixture.
Gently cook, whisking regularly, until the curd thickens. This should take about 15 minutes. Spoon into a cooled sterilized jar and seal with a lid. Use within 4 weeks. Refrigerate once opened.
Gifts From the Modern Larder by Rachel de Thample is published by Kyle Books, £16.99. Photography by Ali Allen