Erica Lea on Apr 15th 2013
For some reason I am finding it particularly hard to write this post. Perhaps because I feel a disconnect with this recipe since I made it almost two months ago. That’s right - I made this delicious lemon curd for a bridal shower that I attended one day before I went into labor.
Ah yes. Now I remember how delicious it was spread on fresh scones; how surprisingly easy it was to prepare; and how pretty it looked in a Weck jelly jar.
If you have never made lemon curd before, let me urge you to give it a try. It’s hardly more bother than making a pudding. And it’s amazingly fresh and rich at the same time. If you’re a lemon fan, this is definitely something not to be missed.
- 8 egg yolks
- 1 cup sugar (natural sugar can be used, but the curd won’t be as pretty)
- 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice
- grated zest of 2 Meyer lemons
- 12 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1) Have ready a heat proof bowl and a fine-mesh sieve. In another heat-proof bowl (or the top of a double boiler) combine the egg yolks and sugar and whisk vigorously for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and zest and whisk for another minute.
2) Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure that the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Add the butter one piece at a time, whisking until completely melted before adding another.
3) Remove from heat and strain the curd through the sieve into the heat-proof bowl, pressing the curd through the sieve. Place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 3 days. Now you’re ready to serve your lemon curd on fresh scones (with butter and Devonshire cream), or however you wish!
Erica Lea on Feb 4th 2013
Hello all! Can you believe that February is already well on its way? Also, it’s only 10 days until my due date. I’m so ready for this kid to arrive!
Here are some things that have brought me joy over the past few weeks.
My first attempt at a splash photo. It made a huge mess.
Grapefruit + Avocado salad (spring greens, grapefruit, avocado, sea salt + fresh ground pepper, and a grapefruit juice vinaigrette). See the completed salad HERE.
My sister, Amanda, got engaged. I had the fun of taking the engagement photos. See more HERE.
Reuben surprised me with flowers one evening.
On days when the weather will permit, it’s been fun to take leisurely walks through the woods.
Meyer Lemons. Something new-to-me. So far I’ve made creme brulee with them, but I also want to try my hand at lemon curd.
Honey on fresh baked bread (with butter, of course). Is there anything better?
Hope you all are having a smashing 2013 so far. What has brought you joy lately?
Erica Lea on Jan 7th 2013
Hello there! Hope you all had an awesome holiday season. I wish I could say ours was rockin’, but it seems like we’ve been battling one sickness after another.
I was going to make Nutella Stuffed Cookies for ya’ll, but after the indulgence pigging out from the holidays, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
So I went a little healthier route and made granola instead.
For Christmas I received the lovely Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, from which I got this granola. I think I’m going to really enjoy cooking my way through that book.
This granola is bonkers good. The flavors are simply wonderful and it bakes up nice and crunchy. Plus, it super-customizable — always a good thing in my book. You can change up the type of nuts or fruit for a totally different result.
And now for a bit of a baby/pregnancy update. I’m at 34.5 weeks (the above photo was taken at 33 weeks), or 5.5 weeks from my due date! It kinda scares and excites me to think that we’ll be responsible for the life of a tiny, helpless baby in a little over a month.
For now I’m doing my best to eat right to keep this life inside of me healthy. Onward to this new adventure!
You can read more about my pregnancy on my personal blog.
- I think the use of egg white to help bind the granola is brilliant. It didn’t make the granola as “clumpy” as the recipe suggested it would, but it was still quite crunchy.
- The fruit made the granola get a tad softer. Next time I might leave it out altogether. After all I’m not a huge fan of fruit in my granola.
- Coarse sea salt makes this granola really lovely. Every once in a while you get a bite with a little salt crystal. Delightful!
- The original recipe called for olive oil, but I used butter since olive oil can break down with baking. You could also use coconut oil if you prefer.
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 cup pecans or nuts of choice
- 1/4 flax seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 large egg white
- 1 1/2 cups dried fruit of choice (I used figs and apricots), optional
1) Preheat your oven to 300° F (150° C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, mix together the oats, coconut, nuts, flax seeds, cinnamon and salt. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Mix in the maple syrup.
3) Pour the butter/maple syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and toss to coat well. In a small bowl, whisk the egg white until frothy. Add to the dry ingredients and toss.
4) Spread the granola out onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, until the granola is nicely toasted, golden, and feels dry, rotating the pan halfway through baking.
5) Remove from oven and let cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack. When completely cool, break up the granola and stir in the fruit. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. You can also store in the refrigerator of freezer for longer periods of time.
Erica Lea on Nov 8th 2012
I must admit that November is not my favorite month. In Norther Minnesota, most of the colorful leaves are long gone and everything seems brown, grey and cold. I long for the lakes to freeze over so we can go skating and for snow so we can ski.
But this is the month to catch your breath before winter settles in. A time to dig out your extra warm coats, boots and sweaters in preparation for the freezing-cold days ahead.
It’s also a time to enjoy warm tea on grey days and hot, filling desserts on chilly evenings.
These roasted pears are the perfect little treat for an otherwise gloomy evening. They cook up without fuss and are fantastic with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream. You really must serve them with ice cream.
- 2 ripe pears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- good quality vanilla ice cream, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 450° F (230° C). Slice the pears in half lengthwise and cut out the centers.
2. In a small cast iron skilled place the butter, honey, vanilla and salt. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Add the pears to the pan, cut side down. Continue to simmer for 2 more minutes. Turn the peaches over and transfer to the oven. Bake for 12 minutes or until the pears are nice and soft and the sauce has caramelized.
4. Serve hot or warm with vanilla ice cream and the caramel sauce. Enjoy!
Erica Lea on Aug 10th 2012
Hey everyone! This awesome, tasty salad is over on the Tasty Kitchen Blog - check it out!
And my apologies for my bad grammar.
Have a lovely weekend!