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Reader’s Recipe Corner - by Diane from Pinar de Campoverde Quesada Focus


Hi everybody, this month I have a very easy recipe for you to make. A neighbour of mine said that I could help myself to lemons off his tree and with my large bag of lemons I wondered how many of us at this time of year have an abundance of lemons and let’s face it, there are only so many slices you can add to a G and T! So I thought I would look for a recipe for lemon curd, really expecting it to be difficult to make. Well I was pleasantly surprised when I came across a recipe to make lemon curd in the microwave and at how quick and easy it is to make. It is also an ideal recipe to make with children one afternoon.

What you need: 200g sugar 3 eggs

250ml fresh lemon juice (about 3/4 large lemons) Zest from these lemons 100g unsalted butter Large microwaveable dish

2 medium sized glass jars (pickle jars or jam jars are ideal).

1. First of all sterilise your glass jars. 2. Now whisk the sugar and eggs together in the bowl until smooth (a hand whisk is fine for this recipe). Stir in the lemon juice, zest and butter. Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute. Repeat this for about 6 minutes or until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. 3. Leave it to cool for a few minutes then pour into the jars. Later put the jars into a fridge. The first time I made the lemon curd I wondered if the mixture would thicken up a bit more but this happens when it is in the fridge.

The lemon curd has just the right amount of sweetness but is still quite tart. I have made two lots within 4 days as it is so yummy. Now I fancy trying this recipe with oranges, as I am sure it will work. So if any of you have a lot of lemons rather than not using them have a go at making some lemon curd.

Until next month, have fun in the kitchen!

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