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Honey Lemon Curd

Honey Lemon Curd

Give me a bolt of sour with my sweet, and I am very happy. Say the words “lemon curd” and a joyous little yelp may escape from my lips. And while I realize that a dish based on egg yolks, butter and sugar is not going to be winning any healthy food prizes, finding a way to slightly temper the sins of such a luscious concoction as lemon curd makes me want to do a little jig.

Using honey instead of refined sugar won’t really cut the calories, but it does make the dish more wholesome, and adds a little extra depth. It is still decadent, but more innocently so. Lemon curd has many applications: It can be spread on scones or biscuits, used in tarts, layered in cakes, rolled in pancakes, or simply eaten with a spoon.

Find more natural alternatives to sugar here.

INGREDIENTS
5 large organic egg yolks
1 large organic egg
2/3 cup fresh organic lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated organic lemon zest
1/3 cup honey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1. In a medium stainless steel bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and egg with the lemon juice and honey.

2. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water and cook the mixture, whisking constantly, until it becomes pale and thickened, between 7 and 10 minutes.

3. Remove the bowl from the heat and immediately pour through a fine strainer to remove any lumps. Whisk the butter in until it has melted.

4. Stir in the lemon zest, cover with wax paper, and let cool to room temperature.

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Read more: Food, All recipes, Desserts

By Melissa Breyer, Senior Producer, Care2 Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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10:01AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

3:40AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

Holy cow yum!

7:58AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

RE: "releases toxins after it is heated above 40 degrees celcius" - this is a myth. Please google "honey toxin myth"


3:07AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks.

9:01AM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

yum

5:32AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:41AM PDT on Jun 14, 2008

Cooking with honey is not a good thing. It releases toxins after it is heated above 40 degrees celcius.

1:36AM PDT on Mar 14, 2008

YUMMMMMMMMMMY!

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