My eldest son loves lemons. Even more that I do, I think. I mean, what's not to love? Available all year round, these bright yellow tree fruits are the magic ingredient in the kitchen, in my opinion. Need to add flavour to a dish? Grab a lemon. Want to remove the scent of fish from your hands? Rub them with lemon. Out of vinegar? Substitute lemon juice. Looking for a refreshing dessert? Make lemon curd. Which is exactly what we did last night, much to my son's delight.
Requiring nothing more than four simple ingredients, we were sitting with a jar of lemon curd in our hands within 20 minutes - it's that easy. My son LOVED it, and the wheels began turning for how we could use this treat. Traditionally used to top scones and serve with English tea, I was hoping to think of a more refreshing use for it - something lighter for a family friendly summer dessert. I combined a small amount of the curd with some plain yogurt, layered it in a glass with a summer berry salad and voila...a delicious, invigorating treat was made in no time at all.
I think my boys would be able to manage this with very little help from me. All that is required for the curd is a bit of arm muscle to whisk the ingredients until they thicken. The fool part will be fun for any child to make. Any quantity of the curd and yogurt can be used...it's up to your/your child's taste and fresh fruit can easily be used in place of the summer berry salad...that is just what I had on hand.
Happy weekend everyone...here's hoping there's a little lemon magic in your weekend.
Lemon Yogurt Fool, my recipe
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup lemon curd (recipe to follow)
Fresh fruit or summer berry salad (recipe to follow)
~ Combine the lemon curd and yogurt in a small bowl, and whisk together, but not completing blending, allowing some of the curd to be seen.
~ Layer in a glass or small bowl with summer berry salad, ending with the salad.
Lemon Curd, my recipe
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
Juice and zest of three lemons
7 tbsp cold butter, diced
~ In a small mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, juice and zest and whisk until well mixed.
~ Add to small saucepan, placed over medium-high heat and whisk until thickened, approx. 6 minutes.
~ Add the butter, 1 tbsp at a time. Do not add next tbsp. until the previous has melted and been incorporated in the mixture. Continue until the all butter has been added.
~ Remove from heat and allow to cool.
~ Store in a lidded-glass jar, in the fridge, for up to two weeks.
Summer Berry Salad, my recipe
~ 3 cups of assorted summer fruits (I used cherries, strawberries and saskatoon berries)
~ 2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (powdered sugar, agave, honey, sugar etc)
~ 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar.
~ Combine the berries and sweetener in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes.
~ Splash the mixture with the balsamic and mix well. Remove from heat and allow to cool.