Sunday, April 11, 2010

Attack of the Giant Grapefruit!

it is amazing
what will grow in the desert
with enough water
we were visiting with family
and came across
a group of grapefruit trees
that had the most
monsterous grapefruits
yes...that says 18 inches

when i find myself
with produce girth,
and unlimited potential
i sometimes panic

but today
i am calm

because i have a recipe
for grapefruit curd
which i will pair
with a salty dog
this recipe comes from
Regan Daley's
In The Sweet Kitchen
with a bit of adaptation
by me
Grapefruit Curd
(printable recipe)
6 large egg yolks (room temperature)
1/2 cup minus 2 tsp granulated sugar**
generous pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
zest from a large grapefruit
2 tsp fresh lemon juice (do not use meyer lemon)
1/2 cup unsalted butter--cut into small pieces
whisk egg yolks, sugar, and salt until the eggs are lemon yellow and thick.  Whisk in zest and juices. Prepare a bain marie or double boiler.  Place eggs mixure in a bowl over double boiler. Cook while constantly stirring being careful not to overcook.  The curd should be thickened and coat the spoon. It will continue to thicken up as it cools. Pass through a sieve into a clean bowl. While it is still warm, stir in the butter pieces and stir until it is completely melted and incorporated. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down on top to avoid a skin forming. Refrigerate until ready to use.  The curd will firm up in the fridge, but it is a soft curd, that is best used as a spread or a sauce.
**the sweetness of your curd depends on the sweetness of the grapefruit. If you find your grapefruit to be really sweet, adjust the sugar level, if you find it really sour or bitter, adjust accordingly as well.
for a decadent morning treat
toast a piece of angel food cake
spoon a bit of curd on top
strategically place a few pieces of grapefruit
sprinkled with a bit of sugar 
and hit it with the torch
for some caramelized goodness


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