Thursday, January 22, 2009

Poundcake with Passionfruit Curd and Pomegranate Seeds

Well I am finally back after quite the hiatus! I wont go into details, but have you ever had a feeling when you just stop believing in yourself, your capabilities and your passion? Something like that happened to me and as a result my blog has suffered, but I'm BACK! I'm still trying to figure out the true purpose of what cooking means to me, but in the meantime I will leave you with something I made for our Christmas dessert...
Passionfruit curd! I don't know why I hadn't thought of this before! I've always loved lemon curd but after making this, I dont think I'll ever go back. It's sweet, tart and has a more tropical edge than lemon. It takes curd to a whole other level. I think curd (what a terrible word no?) is extremely versatile, pour it over poundcake and top with whipped cream and pomegranate seeds, use it as a filling for cake, mound it into tart shells and top it with meringue, dunk coconut madeleines into it..or do what I did and forget all of these ideas and just eat it by the spoonful!
Passionfruit Curd
2 cups passionfruit puree
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup butter
1.Whisk together eggs, sugar, passionfruit puree and cornstarch. Bring to boil over med-high heat, boil and stir for 1 minute.
2. Remove from heat, whisk in butter, strain through sieve into bowl. Cover with plastic wrap layed right on top of curd (to prevent a skin from forming) and let cool.


Lois said...

Yay! Laura I'm SO glad to have you back. I've checked back so many times in your absence and been sad not to see an update. Anyway, I'm going to have to try this one because it looks amazing. YUM. Did you ever get your xmas present from my parent's house? xo

Julie said...

Laura!!! I have been checking and checking and no blog post from you forever!!! don't you ever EVER stop believing in your capabilities!!! ummm do you not remember my AMAZING birthday cake!?!?! haha do you know what would happen if i tried to make that...disaster!!
glad you're back keep posting!!

Laura said...

Thanks girls for all your kind words!!