Toast and Tea
“BREAD AND WATER CAN SO EASILY BE TOAST AND TEA’
This is a lovely quote (author unknown) that came to mind this morning. I was actually making some Lemon Curd at the time, but I also had a visitor in the Carriagehouse Tea Room at Selby Gardens that told me he would not drink tea because his mother always made him have toast and tea when he was sick! Of course, she would; mothers know what is good for you.
I also felt sorry for him! Toast and Tea is a custom most of us have such good feelings about, and I, for one, can sample this pairing at any time of day. There is nothing as simple or as tasty as toast and tea unless you add a little lemon curd, that is!
Lemons are in abundance here at the moment, and as they keep arriving by the bagful at my house, I keep churning out the Lemon Curd! I got myself a cup of jasmine tea and Lemons at the ready. Want to have a go too?
Lemon Curd Recipe
This is a straightforward recipe and method to follow. You will need preserving jars that have been sterilized in boiling water. I put the lemons in the same water as it makes the juice release easier. I usually double up the recipe, but to make one batch, you will need:
Juice and rind of 1 lemon (I have been adding rind of an extra lemon too!), 2 eggs, 2oz unsalted butter, and 3oz sugar.
- Place sugar and rind in a large bowl.
- Whisk eggs and lemon juice together. Add to bowl.
- Cut butter into small chunks. Add to bowl.
- Place bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir until butter melts and whisk lightly over heat until the mixture thickens. (It may seem like the mixture is never going to thicken, but it will.)
Place in jar and refrigerate.
It tastes delicious and is so worth the effort. I love giving to friends and, of course, the suppliers of all my Lemons! Lemon Curd is also the perfect accompaniment to scones, so maybe next time we will make scones.
I recommend putting on the kettle and making a pot of Yorkshire tea, and sit down to enjoy some toast and tea. Mmmm!