Last Minute Holiday Gifts to make. Lemon Curd. Yes

By on December 4, 2017

Home Made Lemon Curd: The gift that keeps on giving

Makes 6 small jars

Need a gift in a hurry? Whip up lemon curd in the microwave and jar it up in small jars for an instant gift for holiday hostesses.

Want to sweeten the gift? Add a microplane to go with it so the lucky person who gets the sweet tart lemon curd, will also have a microplane to use for all their zesty needs: lemons, chocolate, nutmeg and a bunch of other things that need zesting.

You will need to stock up on small jars. Go to Target, Walmart, or online and buy gift jars by the dozen. You can also find a microplane at any of these stores. I have given these handy kitchen gadgets to cooking friends of mine for years.
That way your friend will remember you all year long as they zest away.

Also, I love the little Libbey glass jars meant for spices, but just terrific for a gift presentation of lemon curd.

POW! That’s good. Do store home made lemon curd in the refrigerator. You might also pick up scones at the bakery to make this an instant breakfast your friends won’t forget.

Happy Holiday, everybody.

Microwave Lemon Curd

1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 cup fresh lemon juice + grated zest of 3 lemons
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar and eggs until smooth. Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Cook in the microwave for one minute intervals, stirring after each minute until the mixt ure is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave, and pour into small sterile jars. Store for up to three weeks in the refrigerator.

And remember the first impression is what counts. Gift wrap the jar of lemon curd, tie a ribbon around the microplane and soon you have a wonderful gift that your friends will remember you for.

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About Linda Eckhardt

Linda West Eckhardt, is an award winning journalist, food writer, and nutritionist. Her more than 20 cookbooks have garnered prizes including the James Beard prize for the best cookbook for a text she wrote with her daughter, Katherine West DeFoyd, entitled Entertaining 101, Doubleday. Their follow-up book, Stylish One Dish Dinners, Doubleday, was also nominated for a James Beard prize. Their next book, The High Protein Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, remains a best seller after 12 years. That book was designed to accompany low carb diet plans. Her ground-breaking book, Bread in Half The Time, Broadway Books, was named the Best Cookbook in America by the prestigious IACP, The Julia Child award. Her award winning radio work with Jennifer English, for a national show on the Food and Wine radio network, was nominated for a James Beard Prize for a show called, “I Know What You Ate Last Summer.”