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FRUIT CURD -- Home Cooking Dish of the Month, May 2021

masha | May 1, 202107:16 AM     56

Welcome to the Reporting Thread for our May 2021 Dish of the Month (“DOTM”), Fruit Curd. The purpose of this thread is to collect reports from Hounds about their preparation of Fruit Curds during the month of May, replete with any pictures that you may want to share.

Thanks to all the hounds who participated during the nomination and voting phases for our May 2021 DOTM. To see how we got here, you can go to our Nominations, https://www.chowhound.com/post/dish-m..., and Voting threads, https://www.chowhound.com/post/dish-m....

According to the Britishfoodhistory.com blog, “the earliest mention of the term lemon curd dates “to 1844 in The Lady’s Own Cookery Book.” https://britishfoodhistory.com/2012/0.... Unlike the lemon curds of today, those lemon curds were “literally that; lemon acidulating cream to form curds which could then be separated from the whey through some cheesecloth.” Today, curds differ from custards in that “they contain a higher proportion of juice and zest, which gives them a bolder, fruitier taste.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fruit_curd.

Whatever, their history, fruit curds are no longer limited to lemon or other citrus fruits. As various hounds noted on our Nominations thread, curds can be made with berries, passionfruit, rhubarb, pineapple and virtually any other fruit – which makes them an ideal selection for our May DOTM, as hounds can use whatever fruits are in season in their locales.

As you prepare fruit curds, may find this guidance from Williams & Sonoma useful in terms of the general techniques, https://www.williams-sonoma.com/recip....

So, let’s get going preparing and reporting on the Fruit Curds that we make during May. If you do report the details of a published recipe, please respect the author’s copyright by either: (a) including a link directly to the source of the recipe, or (b) if no link is available, please do not directly quote the entire recipe. Rather use your own words to paraphrase and explain the instructions for making the dish (although you may directly quote any list and quantities of ingredients).

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