Disclaimer: This was a recipe that Did Not Live Up To Expectations. There will be many of these, but I'm posting them nevertheless. I want to encourage people like me who see perfect dishes but invariably make mistakes. You're not alone. Just keep trying!
I really wanted to make this and it seemed so easy! I followed the recipe exactly, except I added brown sugar instead of white, thinking it would taste good...
My curd looked like mud.
I also didn't add enough sugar. Samantha from A Teenage Gourmet said that she usually cut the sugar in half and didn't find it too tart, so I did so too.While tasting, the curd tasted fine to me. It could easily have used more sugar, but I also liked the tart tone.
But later when having a bowlful, it was just too...weird. The zest and sourness made me feel sick. I want to try it with orange: no sugar to add, since orange juice is sweet; and it would have a gorgeous colour!
From A Teenage Gourmet
Samantha says she experiments with loads of vrsions: omitting the butter, omitting both fats, making it saucy by leaving out the cornstarch etc. But she says that the yolk is needed for a shiny look. Olive oil makes it smooth and silky, butter makes it firm and airy.
3 large lemons
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 whole large eggs plus 2 large yolks
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons fruity olive oil (preferably French)
Grate enough zest from lemons to measure 1 tablespoon, then squeeze 3/4 cup juice from lemons.
Whisk together lemon zest and juice, sugar, cornstarch, whole eggs, and yolks in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking, 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and whisk in butter and oil until smooth.
One last note: If your curd is bumpy, feel free to strain it through a fine sieve while still warm. This will remove any eggy pieces, and also the zest.
Lessons Learnt: Brown sugar makes stuff brown
Add a bit of lemon juice, and add more later if necessary
Don't use lemon zest if you don't like it