At Avenor we are preparing to celebrate King Charles III’s Coronation.
And the first who began the preparations are the Avenor chef who decided to offer us a special dessert to mark this historic day.
Chef Dan Neacșu chose a traditional British dessert – Lemon Curd tart.
Lemon Curd, the very first and most popular of the fruit curds, originated in England dating back to the early 1800’s. The recipe back then was rather literal and not at all how we’d think of Lemon Curd these days. Then there was ‘Lemon Cheese’ which was used to make lemon tarts. Original recipes advise to ‘rasp hard pieces of sugar’, as it didn’t come in grain form then, against the lemon’s skin in order to remove the zest to extract essence and color.
Nowadays, although the recipe has been refined for extra finesse and flavor, it remains one of the simplest recipes for a dessert that can be served in various forms.
Ingredients for Lemon Curd:
- 6 egg yolks
- 180 gr. of sugar
- zest of two lemons
- 80 ml. lemon juice
- 110 gr. of butter
First, whisk the sugar, eggs, and lemon zest together in a stainless steel saucepan. Next, add the fresh lemon juice and whisk the ingredients together until they are well combined.
After that, add the unsalted butter and whisk the mixture constantly over medium heat until it thickens. This took about six minutes. Continue whisking the mixture for several more minutes until it starts to bubble before removing the pan from the heat.
To obtain a smooth cream, strain the resulting mixture through a wire strainer. Then put it in the refrigerator to cool completely.
With just four ingredients, English Lemon Curd is a smooth dessert with a lemon flavor that overwhelms the senses. It is a perfect cream as a topping or it can be served as it is or as a tart.
King Charles III, after his coronation, will definitely be tasting Lemon Curd Tarts.
Enjoy Coronation Day!