Monday, September 19, 2011

Blackberry Curd – I’m Wild About It!

Pin It Blackberry season is nearly over and I am making the most of the remaining wild berries. I've made jam, and the cordial has proved really popular with my family who are using it to make everything from blackberry bellinis and mojitos to pancake syrup and the mystery ingredient in a berry compôte. One of my favourite ingredients for a versatile dessert is curd. I love lemon curd, but I’m always happy to experiment. Here’s my latest curd creation.

Berry, berry delicious - blackberry curd stirred into double cream on mini-pavlovas


For a 1Lb jar you will need...

200g caster sugar
2 eggs, beaten
75g butter
100 mls fresh blackberry juice (I made this by pressing 200g fresh berries through a sieve to remove the pips)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract


1         Place all the ingredients together in a medium saucepan and heat gently over a low heat, stirring all the while. Continue stirring for about 25 minutes until the mixture thickens. Don’t be tempted to leave it even for a moment unless you want blackberry-flavoured scrambled eggs. To check if it is ready, dunk a spoon in the mixture then draw a finger through the mixture that adheres to the spoon. The channel you make should remain. If no channel remains, continue cooking for a further five minutes and test again. It will thicken further as it sets.
2         Pass the mixture through a sieve to ensure it is totally smooth before transferring to a sterilised jar. Cover when cool and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Wild about blackberries

             
I fold this mixture into whipped cream and use it to fill mini-pavlovas. It is also fantastic used to sandwich a simple Victoria sponge, or to fill a pastry shell. Top with mixed berries. 
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27 comments:

Lizzy said...

Oh, how I'd love a jar of your curd...it looks fabulous! As does that mouthwatering pavlova...YUM!!!

Carolyn said...

Oh yummy, I am salivating just thinking about it. Especially in a pavlova with more fresh berries.

Rachel said...

mmmm! I've never made curd of any kind but that might be the next step in my preserving undertakings. You're so lucky to have access to wild blackberries!

Three-Cookies said...

Blackberry curd sounds very unique. I will keep an eye out for the Alchemy branded range of products:)

Ann said...

Oh, delicious! How clever to jar it...what a delicious idea! ...and on a Pavlova? *sigh* yummy

Jill@MadAboutMacarons said...

Hester, this certainly does look berry berry good :-)
Dare I say that we could also fill our macarons with this delicious curd?

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Yum yum! This curd sounds wonderful. I can think of so many things it would be so good on. Or you know, I could also probably just eat it straight out of that jar with a spoon :)

Lilly said...

Hester what a great curd, so original! I’ve just made a jar of lemon curd and will need to eat it first before I can start experimenting. Your pavlova looks just a like a party on a plate!

Rosemary said...

I just might be the one who made blackberry flavored eggs! This curd does sound unique . And doesn't sound that hard either. Think I could make it with blueberries?

mike @ the culinary lens said...

I want one of these jars shipped forthwith LOL now this is the kind of thing I "accidently" put behind things so others are unlikely to find it.

WiseMóna said...

I love lemon curd but have never tried (or even heard of) this magical blackberry curd. If there are any berries left I am going to try this recipe Hester. It sounds so good. I can almost feel the texture of it!
Lovely packaging too!

Tina said...

How I would love one of those jars! There is so much you can do with berry curd when it comes to desserts. You picked a delicious way to showcase them-yum!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this sounds just divine!! i need to make some of this soon:)

purabi naha said...

This blackberry curd is really something to be tried out! So healthy!!

Sharon said...

I'd never even considered making blackberry curd. You've inspired me!

Parsley Sage said...

You know...this would be PERFECT for a giveaway ;) *wink wink*

So yummy and berry delicious!

Hester Casey said...

@ Rachel, yes very lucky to have a whole field of them opposite my house. So many blackberries, so little time.
@ Three-Cookies - I like your idea - watch this space :)
@ Stephanie - guilty!
@ Rosemary - lovely idea - worth experimenting - let me know how it turns out.
@ Mike and Parsley Sage - if I thought it would make the journey without exploding... PS how about some Mango Curd?

Buttercream Blondie said...

I'm a big fan of lemon curd, & blackberry curd sounds incredible!! It's so versatile, but I'm guilty of eating it with only a spoon!

Reeni said...

Your blackberry curd is absolutely divine! Especially stirred into cream! I wish it was my breakfast.

Twinky said...

oh wow!!! your blog is very interesting!!! and your recipes are very yummy!!!

Twinky from thetwinkycake.blogspot.com

Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes said...

Just love, as always, Hester!

I have yet to attempt a curd, but you are pushing me over the edge. It just looks so fresh and creamy when you add it to the double cream.

Bravo on another well-deserved Top 9!

Manu said...

Mmmmmmm can you please send me one of those pretty jars filled with this delicious blackberry curd?? PLEASEEEEE!!! I promise I will finish up real fast! :-))))
Great job as always Hester and the jar looks so pretty!!

The Cookie Basket said...

I make the traditional lemon curd and other citrus curds, but have never even thought of doing a blackberry. Our blackberry season has LONG gone (So. MS), but we have blueberries out the wazoo (put up ofcourse...about everyway you can think of) I think I'll simmer a few, reduce down and follow your recipe. It should make some AWESOME blueberry curd. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

kita said...

Ooooh wow! I just discovered lemon curd this year, but blackberry curd - how awesome is that!

Celia said...

Congrats on Top 9! Sooo well deserved - this is an awesome and original take on curd. And that pavlova is adorable!

Fabiha khan said...

yammmmi! I'm going to be mad to test the Blackberry Curd.
It looks so delicious and testy. I can’t wait.....
Thanks for the nice recipe….

Beloved Green said...

I adore jams. I think I am equally wild about this one! Beautiful work Hester.