In the UK, where I’m from, they eat a fair bit of curd. It’s usually lemon and most often found in a lemon meringue pie.
Although I don’t really remember eating it, I’ve always known I didn’t like it. Does that makes any sense?
Making my own lemon curd would never have occurred to me, and making curd at all may have escaped me entirely had I not seen a picture of a jar of homemade blueberry curd. The colour was stunning and it had a lovely thick consistency, and I wanted to make my own.
However, when looking for recipes to make my own blackberry curd (I’ve been very lucky with my brambles this year both in the garden and locally), I was a bit dismayed to see how much sugar and butter they had.
So, I decided to reduce the butter and use honey instead of sugar, with absolutely no clue what I was doing, or what it would end up like (and more importantly, whether it would taste anything like curd is supposed to).
And well, look at the end result. That colour! Blackberries are such a deep, dark colour I expected the curd to be the same, but it turned out a dark pink-purple hue (the colour of the photos hasn’t been enhanced, it really was that pretty).
Not only was it so visually pleasing, it tasted divine. I ate mine out of the jar with a spoon and the rest went on to make a Pavlova (recipe coming soon).
So if you’ve got tons of berries this year but have no idea what to do with them, I thoroughly recommend curd. Who knew I would end up being its biggest fan.
Might even try lemon next time.