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What would you gift with lemon curd?

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mickeygee Nov 27, 2010 03:38 PM

I was thinking about making lemon and/or lime curd for Christmas presents for a few friends this year. What would you give with the curd to round out the gift? I was thinking both "instructions" on how to use it, as well as something they can use it with. LIke shortbread cookies and a few hints like, "spread on croissants"

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    twj Nov 28, 2010 05:21 PM

    I love the idea of gifting lemon curd. I'm putting in an order for Meyer lemons in December and they'd be great for making it. Can I ask you to share your recipe? I'd very much appreciate it!

    1. tim irvine Nov 28, 2010 03:24 PM

      I agree that lemon curd is a wonderful gift solo, but I love it on English muffins so a half dozen of those or crumpets would be mighty fine. Of course if I had a jar of home made lemon curd to myself, I might not get around to toasting anything.

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        magiesmom Nov 28, 2010 03:47 PM

        lemon curd is amazingly good with simple chocolate cookies.

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        quirkydeb Nov 28, 2010 12:43 PM

        I like shortbread with lemon curd. We would sample the lemon curd with shortbread when I worked at a deli & the customers loved it too.

        1. coll Nov 28, 2010 11:57 AM

          I always think of honey when I think of lemon.

          1. Jay F Nov 28, 2010 07:14 AM

            A spoon is all I'd need. I love lemon curd tarts, but I love it even more straight up.

            1. TorontoJo Nov 27, 2010 05:45 PM

              A pretty spoon and instructions to close the refrigerator door before digging in?

              1. Breadcrumbs Nov 27, 2010 04:12 PM

                Oh, what a lovely gift! I love lemon curd!

                One of my recent favourite ways to have lemon curd was dolloped into the centre of a scrumptious, still warm steamed pudding. The pudding was then topped with a dollop of whipped cream and was plated in a pool of blackcurrant coulis. Fresh berries were scattered on top.

                So, as a gift I might include a coulis or, recipe for coulis or steamed pudding depending on whether these folks bake or not. If they do, it would be nice to use a new or vintage pudding basin as the "basket" A wooden spoon would complete the package.

                In England we simply served it on buttered toast or scones so perhaps a scone mix would be another idea. Alternatively, what about pairing it with a vintage glass serving dish which you can usually pick up quite inexpensively at antique shops?

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                  Caroline1 Nov 27, 2010 05:10 PM

                  I love the idea of the glass serving dish! And it will certainly carry the memory of the lemon curd forward a lot longer than scones, even if you make them yourself. I say go for the glass dish, but if you want to do scones too....? I'm such a glutton. <sigh>

                2. goodhealthgourmet Nov 27, 2010 04:10 PM

                  i usually serve my molasses ginger cake with lemon curd, so my first thought was gingerbread...or the dry ingredients along with a recipe for it.

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                    LauraGrace Nov 27, 2010 04:28 PM

                    Yes, this was my thought as well.

                  2. Emme Nov 27, 2010 04:06 PM

                    shortbread came to my mind first. then scones, biscuits, gingersnaps, shortcakes, crumpets....

                    in addition to or instead of pie dough, you could also give pancake/waffle ingredients in a jar with instructions.

                    1. JoanN Nov 27, 2010 04:04 PM

                      Whatever you do, don't forget to remind them that it freezes brilliantly. They might need to put it aside for a while until they decide what to do with it.

                      Love the idea of pie dough ingredients, or even a little ribbon-tied booklet of suggested uses. And you might remind your lucky recipients that they can mix the curd with a bit of whipped cream, stir in fresh berries, and have a very elegant and easy dessert.

                      1. hill food Nov 27, 2010 03:55 PM

                        I'd be more than happy with just the lemon curd alone (how do I get on your list?) maybe nicely printed "suggested uses" as not everyone is familiar with the stuff. and you can leave that off my jar. TIA!

                        1. Cherylptw Nov 27, 2010 03:48 PM

                          I'd give it with a separate jar of dry pie dough ingredients...flour, lard or shortening, salt, baking powder, sugar, etc all mixed together & tied with instructions on how to finish it such as "mix in three tablespoons ice water; roll out dough to fit a 9 inch tart pan", etc. I'd also include suggestions such as "use as a tart shell & garnish with fresh berries". You can make a dry dough mix that can also be used for cookies or biscotti so it can have double duty.

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