Velvety Lemon Curd…and Lime Curd

Well, I’ve finally made Lemon Curd…and Lime Curd.

Cheesecake topped with Lemon Curd and Coconut Flakes

Since I’m not baking in the summer, my focus turns to anything non-bake.
So, for my family’s July 4th BBQ earlier this month,

july 4th fireworks 2016

I opted for a store bought cheesecake. I embellished the cheesecake with Lemon Curd and adorned it with coconut flakes. SO GOOD!

I absolutely love, love, love lemon. I love lime just as much.
Made both lemon and lime curd. Both turned out fantastic.

Lemon Curd

What is Lemon Curd? It’s a dessert spread and topping.
Lemon Curd can be added to layer cakes, on top of cookies or cakes etc.
Added Lemon Curd atop cheesecake,then sprinkled coconut on top. Memorable!

I liked the way the recipe from Fine Cooking approached the preparation of the curd. Sugar, butter, eggs, yolks are mixed together. Then, it’s transferred to a pan to cook. This method allows the butter to coat the proteins in the eggs,
thus preventing coagulated proteins.

My change in the recipe was to add all the lemon zest from the lemons in the mixture from the start. After the curd cooled, I strained it through a sieve. Prefer not to have zest in the finished product. Prefer to have a smooth, velvety texture.

VELVETY LEMON CURD

By Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen

Lemon Curd

Yield: about 2 cups

3 oz. (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
Pinch salt

2/3 cup fresh lemon juice [approximately 3 medium lemons]
lemon zest [grate and use ALL lemons, since you will strain it]

DIRECTIONS:

1) SET ASIDE a medium-size fine-mesh sieve into a bowl for later use.
2) ZEST and JUICE lemons. Set aside.
3) BEAT BUTTER AND SUGAR in a mixer, about 2 minutes.
4) ADD EGGS AND YOLKS slowly while mixer is on low speed.
5) Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
6) BEAT MIXTURE on medium low speed for 1 minute.
7) ADD zest and lemon juice. Mix.
8) Mixture will look curdled.
9) NOTE: The curdled appearance disappears as the butter in the mixture melts.
10) TRANSFER MIXTURE to a medium, heavy-based saucepan.
11) COOK MIXTURE OVER LOW HEAT until it looks smooth, stirring often with a spatula.
12) Monitor the heat. The curd should never come to a boil.
13) INCREASE HEAT TO MEDIUM. COOK, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, until the mixture thickens, about 15-20 minutes.
14) When you run your finger across the back of the coated spoon, It should leave a path on the back of the spoon.
15) TEMPERATURE OF CURD should read 170 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer.
16) REMOVE the curd from the heat.
17) STRAIN THE CURD: Pour the curd into the fine-mesh sieve lined bowl. Using a spoon or spatula, push the curd through the sieve.
18) PRESS PLASTIC WRAP ON THE SURFACE OF THE LEMON CURD to keep a skin from forming.
19) COVER CURD in airtight container.
20) CHILL THE CURD in the refrigerator. It will thicken further as it cools.
21) Storage: Covered tightly, it will keep in the refrigerator for a week or freezer for 2 months.

Variation: For lime curd: Substitute fresh lime juice and lime zest for lemon.

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RECIPE PHOTO TUTORIAL
By Carmen Ortiz of Baking is my Zen
VELVETY LEMON CURD

Lemon Curd cheesecake with cocoonut

DIRECTIONS:

SET ASIDE a medium-size fine-mesh sieve into a bowl for later use.

sieve and bowl

ZEST and JUICE lemons. Set aside.

lemons zested

juiced lemons

BEAT BUTTER AND SUGAR in a mixer, about 2 minutes.

sugar and butter in mixer bowlmixing sugar and butter
ADD EGGS AND YOLKS slowly while mixer is on low speed.

add eggsadd egg yolks
Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.

scrape down bowl
BEAT MIXTURE on medium low speed for 1 minute.

eggs and yolks mixed in
ADD zest and lemon juice. Mix.

add lemon zest

add lemon juice
Mixture will look curdled.
NOTE: The curdled appearance disappears as the butter in the mixture melts.

curdled appearance
TRANSFER MIXTURE to a medium, heavy-based saucepan.

put curdled mixture in pan
COOK MIXTURE OVER LOW HEAT until it looks smooth, stirring often with a spatula.
Monitor the heat. The curd should never come to a boil.

cook mixture
INCREASE HEAT TO MEDIUM. COOK, STIRRING CONSTANTLY, until the mixture thickens, about 15-20 minutes.

cook
When you run your finger across the back of the coated spoon, It should leave a path on the back of the spoon.

thickness test
TEMPERATURE OF CURD should read 170 degrees Fahrenheit on a thermometer.

temp of curd to be 170 degrees
REMOVE the curd from the heat.
STRAIN THE CURD: Pour the curd into the fine-mesh sieve lined bowl.

pour curd in sieve lined bowl

Using a spoon or spatula, push the curd through the sieve.

strain curdcurd strained
PRESS PLASTIC WRAP ON THE SURFACE OF THE LEMON CURD to keep a skin from forming.

plastic wrap on curd
COVER CURD in airtight container.
CHILL THE CURD in the refrigerator. It will thicken further as it cools.

Storage: Covered tightly, it will keep in the refrigerator for a week or freezer for 2 months.

lemon curd covered - store in fridge
Variation: For lime curd: Substitute fresh lime juice and lime zest for lemon.

limes

lime zest

juiced limes

Inspired by: Fine Cooking
VIDEO – Lemon Curd by Fine Cooking

Enjoy this beautiful summertime ~

roses

~ Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

For savory dishes, visit my other blog, sometimes SAVORY.

Photography by Carmen Ortiz.
~All Rights Reserved.
Not to be used without permission.

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GOD Bless America [Music Video] ~ Happy July 4th Birthday, America!

After enjoying a Red, White, and Blue breakfast…
red white blue breakfast

It’s time to celebrate our freedom this Independence Day…
Happy 4th 2016
…with parties, picnics, barbecuing…lots of good food, great friends and family.
watermelon..

cold cherries..

Happy 4th of July - 2016

…and some cocktails, of course!
Grilling & Chilling - Happy 4th

Made Lemon Curd and Lime Curd for our July 4th dessert. Since I don’t bake during the summer, I bought a cheesecake. Will be adding the curds on top of the cheesecake. Will post the lemon and lime curd recipe tutorial at a later date. Stay tuned.
homemade lemon curd

Created a music video to the song, GOD Bless America.

GOD Bless America – Sung by Celine Dion

MUSIC VIDEO by Carmen Ortiz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bkc5IQeg78

A SPECIAL “THANK YOU” to those who shared photos to make this video possible.

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEOS LISTED IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE:

Carmen Ortiz
VIDEO of the United States of America Flag flapping in the wind.

Tony Joyce

Flickr Name: T0nyJ0yce

On a Mission

https://flic.kr/p/HRRhjW

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

USS Carl Vinson conducts a burial at sea.

https://flic.kr/p/dYy5L7

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Rifle Salute

https://flic.kr/p/jsNFtm

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Long Live Liberty

https://flic.kr/p/HEsv2q

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

US Coast Guard families and service members march in New York City’s Veterans Day Parade

https://flic.kr/p/hucqWR

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard [His wife, Jenni Tolliver, is by his side. Jenni is my niece.]

 

Harry Miller

Flickr Name: HarryMiller002

Autumn in the valley… Winter in the mountains

https://flic.kr/p/oY1xxS

 

Anthony Quintano

Inside the September 11th Memorial in New York City

https://flic.kr/p/fPsxas

 

Kyle Brown

Fllckr Name: k.w.b.

Remember – An American flag is placed at the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, Jan 2015.

https://flic.kr/p/qH4Rab

 

Anthony Quintano

Tribute in Light memorial next to the new One World Trade (2012)

The New York City Skyline on September 11, 2012

https://flic.kr/p/fMz236

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Fleet Week Embarkment NYC

https://flic.kr/p/9LXC47

 

Jorge Elías

Flickr Name: leoncillo sabino

Lady Liberty

https://flic.kr/p/fwBRyb

 

Anthony Quintano

The Statue Of Liberty and the New York City skyline 2014

https://flic.kr/p/ji5HqC

 

Jonathan Parker

Flickr Name: jp_42

Blue Angels  -Shot at the Chicago Air and Water show…

https://flic.kr/p/8sHjBc

 

Dick Rochester

Flickr Name: Let Ideas Compete

June Commuter -Looks of bicycle commuters in Boulder, Colorado in the summer.

https://flic.kr/p/HTs51a

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard [photo provided by Matt Tolliver]

 

Kevin Dooley

Ocean foam

https://flic.kr/p/CNm7o

 

arbyreed

Flag Day

https://flic.kr/p/HebfPs

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Operation Damayan  -Marines and U.S. Army Soldiers load supplies onto an MV-22 Osprey.

https://flic.kr/p/hxAMf1

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard [photo provided by Matt Tolliver]

 

James Wood

Flickr Name: BANAMINE

Barbaro’s Mom. Photo by David Stephenson.

https://flic.kr/p/Jb5hm

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

USS John C. Stennis homecoming .

https://flic.kr/p/eh7qVo

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Albany Ga., Marine Corps Band plays NY High School, Oct 19.

https://flic.kr/p/8LQgge

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

57th Presidential Inaugural Parade practice.

https://flic.kr/p/dKFzuz

 

MarineCorps NewYork

Flickr Name: NYCMarines

Marines have landed, Fleet Week New York 2011

https://flic.kr/p/9LWyWC

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Final homecoming flights for 4th SBCT bring home 600 troops, brigade leadership

https://flic.kr/p/fjZ3DE

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

USS Kearsarge  – Sailors and Marines display the national ensign in honor of Independence Day aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).

https://flic.kr/p/f3c77Z

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

The Sky’s the Limit during 99th RSC Annual Training

https://flic.kr/p/aebVQ5

 

Ron Doke

IN MEMORY 2016

https://flic.kr/p/HBHBud

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Silent Drill Platoon & Blue Angels ‘Fat Albert’

https://flic.kr/p/kJnp1g

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Coast Guard Station Charlevoix

https://flic.kr/p/foFiTy

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard. Photo provided by Matt Tolliver.

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Into the Dark

https://flic.kr/p/J28Gfd

Carmen Ortiz

Flickr Name: Baking is my Zen

BLUE ANGELS perform at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park – 5/25/14

https://flic.kr/p/ntiady

 

Images by John ‘K’

Teamwork

The Blue Angels doing what they do best on display – extremely close formation team flying. Taken during the 2011 NAS Lemoore Central Valley Air Show, celebrating 100 years of US Naval aviation.

https://flic.kr/p/rown42

 

arbyreed

Big Rock Candy Mountain – Near Marysvale on highway 89 in Piute County, Utah.

https://flic.kr/p/JcfQza

 

Michael Janke (from Minnesota)

Flickr Name: @Michael

Prairie  – MInnesota

https://flic.kr/p/bChDBK

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard. Photo provided by Matt Tolliver.

 

arbyreed

Sea Foam – Wave at high tide — Dog Beach in Huntington Beach, CA

https://flic.kr/p/exy1h

 

arbyreed

Memorial Day 2016 -Mount Timpanogos in the background. Utah County, Utah.

https://flic.kr/p/Hvb6Gk   

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

USS Freedom deploys.

https://flic.kr/p/dZQbfH

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Homecoming for USS McInerney

https://flic.kr/p/5sk37c 

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

VMFA-115 deploys to Western Pacific.

https://flic.kr/p/nZu29q  

 

Tony Joyce

Flickr Name: T0nyJ0yce

Close Flier

https://flic.kr/p/DS4T8w  

 

arbyreed

Big Rock Candy Mountain –

https://flic.kr/p/fvzjJn  

 

Dick Rochester

Flickr Name: Let Ideas Compete

Prairie Road -On the west side of Coot Lake in Boulder, Colorado.

https://flic.kr/p/8eWvzK  

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard. Photo provided by Matt Tolliver.

 

RosyPics

Atlantic Ocean June 2016

https://flic.kr/p/HMtRnk

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Man’s best friend helps NC Guardsman with PTSD

https://flic.kr/p/jhzVQW

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Air Force K-9 unit trains with 42nd CAB aviatiors.

https://flic.kr/p/jhtijF

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Regional Command (SouthWest) 9/11 Ceremony

https://flic.kr/p/oTAA5a

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu wildfires

https://flic.kr/p/ehaVyE

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

USS Harry S. Truman conducts flight operations.

https://flic.kr/p/HLgojC

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Marching to honor

https://flic.kr/p/eaMnrJ

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Starting the new year off right

https://flic.kr/p/qpKuGy

 

Carmen Ortiz

VIDEO of The United States of America Flag flapping in the wind.

 

Matt Tolliver – Coast Guard. [Matt is on right] Photo provided by Matt Tolliver.

 

Matt Tolliver [left] and the  44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, [center].

 

Ron Doke

July 4 – red, white and blue fireworks

https://flic.kr/p/8gvFu7

 

Ron Doke

July 4 – fireworks

https://flic.kr/p/8gvH2S

 

Virginia Department of Transportation

Flickr Name: VaDOT

Purple Heart

https://flic.kr/p/qbSRLJ

 

Carmen Ortiz

Flickr Name: Baking is my Zen

[VIDEO] Blue Angels – Beth Page Air Show 5-25-14

https://flic.kr/p/nT8z2o

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

JBPHH service members pay tribute to 9/11 victims

https://flic.kr/p/daacRk

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Once A Marine…Always A Marine

https://flic.kr/p/nY9Hi8

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

United States Marine Corps Official Page

Air, Land, Sea

https://flic.kr/p/rsW23j

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

U.S.A., U.S.A., U.S.A!

https://flic.kr/p/cNtX1L

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Altus wrangles first day of AMC Rodeo competition

https://flic.kr/p/a6WchX

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Hanging Out

https://flic.kr/p/rLvZXs

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

Sailor stands watch on the flight deck of USS Arlington.

https://flic.kr/p/HfLrwL

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Clear for Takeoff

https://flic.kr/p/q5A3na

 

DVIDSHUB

Flickr Name: DVIDSHUB

Burial at sea ceremony

https://flic.kr/p/f1o2NY

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

USS Moniotor Sailors are interred at Arlington.

https://flic.kr/p/e2mur2

 

Official U.S. Navy Page

Flickr Name: Official U.S. Navy Imagery

U.S. Sailors and Marines onboard USS Ashland man the rails of the ship as they come into port in Sattahip, Thailand.

https://flic.kr/p/JdqVfM

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

Ohana Hug

https://flic.kr/p/cWCYkE

 

Marines

Flickr Name: United States Marine Corps Official Page

A Golden Homecoming

https://flic.kr/p/mgVdak

 

Margie O’Hara

Flickr Name: moo o’hara

Happy 4th of July – nice long weekend on the lake.

https://flic.kr/p/nUEbUi

 

Dave Jacquin

Flickr Name: david_jacquin

Front Porch

https://flic.kr/p/8mtGgi

 

Carmen Ortiz

Flickr Name: Baking is my Zen

The national flag of the United States of America.

https://flic.kr/p/JBS4fx

 

Carmen Ortiz

Flickr Name: Baking is my Zen

Happy 4th of July Weekend

https://flic.kr/p/JFDVsd

 

Carmen Ortiz

VIDEO of The national flag of The United States of America by Carmen Ortiz.

END of photo/video links.

 

Enjoy your JULY 4th! Gorgeous weather today!

American Flag

 

~ Carmen

Baking is my Zen
…sweet nibbles for the soul

For savory dishes, visit my other blog, sometimes SAVORY.

Photography by Carmen Ortiz.
~All Rights Reserved.
Not to be used without permission.

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