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Lime Curd is a pale green, sweet, lime-flavoured dessert spread.
It is made of sugar, butter, eggs, and lime juice and zest.
In consistency, it is thick, smooth and spreadable, almost like Lemon Pie Filling or a custard.
It is both sweet, and tart. Some recipes for it call for up to 1 cup (8 oz / 250 ml) of lime juice.
Lime Curd can be used as:
- a toast or scone topping;
- a filling for sponge or other cakes;
- a filling for small tarts;
- a filling for cookie sandwiches;
- a topping on meringues.
Making Lime Curd is a bit like making custard, except there is no milk involved. To melted butter, you add beaten eggs, sugar and lime juice and then over low heat whisk until a custard-like consistency is reached. If you are not canning it (for refrigerated storage) but rather refrigerating it in a bowl for immediate use, put a piece of plastic cling film on top of the surface of the curd to prevent a skin from forming.
England, Kaia. Fresh Lime Curd. BBC Food. Retrieved August 2010 from http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/database/freshlimecurd_4555.shtml
Grigson, Sophie. Lime Curd. Good Food Channel. July 2009. Retrieved August 2010 from http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/512959