Highlife Magazine

Keeping for up to two weeks, this curd is nothing short of a miracle! A decadent condiment, it will find its way onto pancakes, croissants, biscuits and even provide that essential element to a sponge cake or pavlova- not to mention it makes an excellent gift. A product of Annabel Crabbe and Wendy Sharpe’s Kitchen Cabinet, this recipe is a summer fridge staple.

Makes about 700g (2 cups)

Ingredients:

110g (1/2 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
125g unsalted butter, cubed
Pulp from 8 passionfruit, strained
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Method:

  1. In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, whisk the sugar, eggs and egg yolks together until pale.
  2. Now whisk in the butter, cube by cube, and keep whisking over the heat: the butter will melt and the mixture will gradually thicken to a nice, custardy texture.
  3. Finally, whisk in the passionfruit pulp and lemon juice and wait for the curd to thicken up again, then immediately transfer it to a bowl (if using straightaway) or sterilised jars, covering the surface with plastic wrap so it doesn’t form a skin as it cools.

To transport:

Spoon the curd into small screw-top jars, giving them a bonnet of muslin (cheesecloth) tied with string, if you like. Pop in your basket and away you go. Remind the recipient to keep their jar of curd in the fridge, and to eat it within two weeks.