Showing posts with label lemon curd. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lemon curd. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Citrus Lust Mini Bundt Cakes with Lemon Curd for #BundtaMonth




I’m just wondering if anyone out there still has lemon curd left over.  You did all make some, right?  Because I have one more recipe that calls for lemon curd.

Last year when I was still living in Cairo, I left a comment on someone’s blog about the cute paper cupcake liners she had used.  The author responded that they were Wilton and so, she was sure I could find them in a shop nearby.  It seems she lived in some remote area of Canada and, if THEY had them, my shop surely would.  When I wrote to back to say I was in Cairo, Egypt and there were no Wilton things, much as I wished there were, she was sorry for me.  And I was sorry for me.  And, then, and then!  We moved to Dubai and take a gander at just ONE SIDE of the baking aisle in my neighborhood shop.


Not even a specialty shop, lovely people, this is the grocery store just minutes from my house.  Which is dangerous.  They’ve got Wilton paper liners and gel colors and baking pans and decorating tips and, what’s more, they even have Nordic pans!  Woo hoo!  Which brings me to my recent purchase and the recipe at hand.  This month’s BundtaMonth theme is citrus so I decided to let what was available make the decision for me.  I came home with grapefruit, lemons, limes and large clementines.  And a mini Bundt pan.   And so, I give you Citrus Lust Mini-Bundt Cakes with Lemon Curd.


Ingredients
1 3/4 cups or 220g flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup or 85g butter, room temperature
3/4 cup or 170g sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons citrus zest (I used a 1/2 tablespoon each of clementine, grapefruit, lemon and lime.)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed citrus juice
(I used:
1/8 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/8 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice)

For topping:
About 1/2 cup or 115ml lemon curd
Powdered or icing sugar for sprinkling, optional

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.  Grease and flour a 12-cup mini-Bundt pan.  (I just used Pam spray because the Nordic pans release quite easily.  If your mini-Bundt pan sticks a lot, do use flour as well.)

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.


Zest your fruit.


Juice your fruit and transfer the needed amounts into measuring jug.

Juicing - the aftermath
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.


Beat in the eggs, one at a time.



Next add in the citrus zests.


Continue beating, adding in about one-third of the flour mixture and then one-third of the juice.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Continue beating and alternating until all the flour and juice is in the batter.



Pour the batter into your prepared pan.  I find it less messy and easier (aside from having one more thing to wash) to transfer my batter from the wide-mouth mixing bowl to a narrow measure vessel for pouring.  Or you could choose to ladle it in.



Bake for 20-25 minutes in your preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the mini cakes comes out clean.


Let the cakes cool for about five minutes, then turn out to cool completely.  There is an ad for the pan at the bottom of this post.  I am new to this (my first Google Affliates ad!) but I think if you buy one, I make some small change.


If yours have risen up over the top of the pan, as mine did, cut the bottoms off with a serrated knife so that the mini Bundts can stand upright.  Whatever you cut off is yours to eat immediately.  No questions asked.


Use a pastry decorating bag to pipe the lemon curd into the hole on the top of the little cakes.


Sprinkle with a little powdered or icing sugar, if desired.


Enjoy!



BundtaMonth



Have a look at all of the wonderful Tangy January Bundts we’ve baked this month.  You may notice that one of our wonderful hosts is missing this month.  Sending love out to Lora from Cake Duchess whose family suffered a huge loss earlier this month.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lora. XOXO

Almond Clementine Bundt Cake by Carrie from Poet In The Pantry
Citrus Bundt Cake with Sparkling Wine and Fiori di Sicilia by Laura from The Spiced Life
Citrus Cocktail Mini Bundt Cakes by Renee from Magnolia Days
Dried Tomato Cherry & Yuzu Cake by Ann from Anncoo Journal
Glazed Lemon Bundt Cake by Alice from Hip Foodie Mom
Grapefruit Poppyseed Bundt Cake by Deb from Knitstamatic
Grapefruit Yogurt Bundt Cake by Kate from Food Babbles
Lemon Bundt with Lemon Curd by Holly from A Baker’s House
Mini Orange Bundts with a Grand Marnier Glaze by Tara from Noshing With The Nolands
Orange Chocolate Marble Bundt by Paula from Vintage Kitchen
Orange Olive Oil Cake by Katerina from Diet Hood
Orange Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Bundt Cake by Anuradha from Baker Street
Soaked and Glazed Lemon Cake by Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious
Zesty Lemon Bundt Cake by Anita from Hungry Couple NYC


Here's how you can be a part of Bundt-a-Month:

- Simple rule: Use mandarin, orange, lime, yuzu, lemons, Key lime or ANYTHING citrus - and bake us a Bundt for Tangy January.
- Post it before January 31, 2013.
- Use the #BundtAMonth hashtag in your title. (For ex: title should read #BundtAMonth: Chocolate Cinnamon Bundt)
- Add your entry to the Linky tool below.
- Link back to our announcement posts. 


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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Hot Lemon Curd Soufflés for #SundaySupper



Time again for a few confessions.  The first one is that I own and use an old lady pullcart.  I got it for Christmas and I couldn’t have been happier.  (See below for evidence!)  And bless my daughters for giving it to me, despite their mortification when I use it!  You know what I’m talking about, right?  It's kind with wheels that old ladies use to do their shopping in the city when they are on foot.  Trundling around ahead of you, in their scratchy cardigans, even in the summer, and impeding your passage when they stop to talk to other old ladies about the weather?  That’s me, except I just have the cart, and mine is flowered, not plaid, and I tend to walk at a reasonable clip.

Happy camper Christmas Day!

After all, and this is the second confession, I use mine to scoot between charity shops, looking for used cookbooks while I am visiting the Channel Island of Jersey.  (Which happens as often as I can get there!)  And if I get to the shops before you, I am going to buy ALL the good cookbooks.   Which are very heavy.  Which is where the cart comes in.  It's a necessity, folks, as well as a fashion accessory.  Among the treasures I found on a trip a number of years ago, was the whole How To Cook series, books One – Three, by Delia Smith.  Score!  Which brings me to confession number three:  I have a lot of cookbooks.  When I get a new one, I go through it, carefully bookmarking all the recipes I want to try first.  The problem is that I often get several new ones at a time, and I don’t get around to making all the things I want to make before yet another new cookbook arrives and the old bookmarks get sadly curly and mashed as the cookbook is put into the shelf and, while not exactly forgotten, it’s no longer on the front burner, so to speak.  Can anybody relate?


This week I am delighted to join Sunday Supper, a fabulous group of bloggers dedicated to getting everyone around the family table once more.  The current theme is all about trying something new, something that’s been on your bucket list but that you have yet to tackle.  These Hot Lemon Curd Soufflés were bookmarked at least five years ago so they totally qualify!  And now I am kicking myself for waiting so long.  Because they were delicious.  And easy.

Ingredients
3 large eggs
1 medium lemon
1/4 cup or 50g golden caster sugar
Plus 2 1/2 teaspoons golden caster sugar (White sugar can be substituted for both.)
2/3 cup or 155ml room temperature lemon curd (Store-bought or half of this recipe here http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/2013/01/quick-lemon-curd.html – eat the other half with a spoon!)
Butter for greasing your four ramekins

Optional for serving: a sprinkle of powdered or icing sugar

Method
Lightly butter your four ramekins and preheat your oven to 325°F or 170°C.
Separate your eggs and put the whites in a large clean, dry, grease-free bowl.  Put your yolks in a medium-size bowl.

Grate your lemon zest and juice your lemon.  Set aside.  You will need two tablespoons of the juice.  I used a zester for my lemon and the pieces were too big.  You definitely want to use a small grater or Microplane, if you have one.

Using either an electric mixer or a balloon whisk, beat the whites until stiff peaks form.  You’ll get much stiffer peaks with an electric mixer but mine is out of commission right now.  I was surprised by how quickly I was able to get stiff peaks with just a balloon whisk so if that’s all you have, don’t be discouraged.



Now add the 2 1/2 teaspoons of sugar to the whites and beat again.



To the yolk bowl, add the grated lemon zest and two tablespoons of juice, along with the remaining sugar and mix them together thoroughly.

See that zest?  Way too big. Another reminder to use a grater. 


Fold a good spoonful of the fluffy whites into the yolk mixture to loosen it.



Add the yolk mixture to the whites and gently, very gently, fold it in so that as much air and fluffiness as possible remains.




Divide your lemon curd between the buttered ramekins.


Place the ramekins on a cookie sheet or baking pan.  Spoon the mixture on top of the lemon curd and run your finger around the inside edge of each to clean it a little, if necessary.


Bake in your preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the tops are golden.  Allow the hot curd to cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle with a little powdered sugar, if desired.  Place the whole hot ramekin on a small saucer to serve.


These will sink a little bit as time goes on but will still taste delicious and light, if not served immediately.


Enjoy!



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