A story of free range eggs. (Lemon Curd)

(The eggs are snatched from their happy little nests in the barn, the horse stall, the hay shed, the chicken coop,  the manure pile, beneath the rose bushes and under the dirt. (Our Rhode Island Red and our Delaware are apparently trying to grow egg trees by burying their eggs.) The sad, nestless eggs are dumped in a sink of water to clean the goop off of them.)

(They are set out to dry. Yes, one of those eggs is green. An Ameraucana laid it.)

(They are cracked open and evidence of their free ranging, bug devouring, left-over eating, grub hunting mothers is seen. The yolks are orange enough to pass for Kraft Mac n Cheese. Neon. Kind of creepy. Someone tells me they would throw their eggs away if the yolks were this orange. Sorry, skeptical person, yolks are supposed to be this color, not that weird yellow color.)

(Lemons give up their life for lemon juice and peel.)
(Eggs and lemons become lemon curd. Orange orange orange lemon curd.)
Notes: This was not quite lemony enough for me. I would add more lemon juice if I were you.
Lemon Curd

Adapted from many sources.

Makes enough for a lot of scones. Allow at least twenty minutes.
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter
2-3 lemons, juiced and zested
2 eggs, whisked* 
1) Combine the sugar and butter in a heavy bottomed saucepan. Heat until sugar melts.**
2) Add the lemon juice and stir quickly to keep anything from burning.
3) Stir a little of the hot sugar mixture into the eggs, then stir the egg mixture into the rest of the hot sugar.
4) Bring lemon curd to a boil, then allow to boil until it coats the back of a spoon.***
5) Allow to cool slightly, then pass through a fine mesh strainer to remove any egg bits. Add the lemon zest and cool until thick and spreadable. 
*Orange yolks optional.
** The sugar will still look grainy, but it’ll also look like it’s boiling. It’s melted. Don’t touch it, you will burn yourself. 

*** Don’t worry if it looks like egg drop soup, you’ll clean it up later.

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One Response to A story of free range eggs. (Lemon Curd)

  1. MeghanM says:

    Nice photos. And it was super yummy!!!

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