Cold weather baked goods

1 Feb

I am in absolute shock at the weather the last few days.  Living in Italy you don’t expect to get lots of snow and below zero temperatures.  But we have and apparently it’s going to continue for a while.  Which means I will be holed up in my house with the fire on and the oven ready at all times to bake various goodies.  Something about cold weather just makes me want to bake and make stews.  Here are a few things I’ve made over the last few days…I used my grandmother’s recipe for the lemon curd.  It’s just so good.  You could eat it by the spoonful.  I do actually. I used some of this batch of curd to fill a coconut cake with boiled icing.  It was good.  But very lopsided.  I have some issues with my oven and it’s hotspots.I made these yesterday evening and didn’t notice my son eating them by the handful.  Let’s just say bedtime was very wild last night.  He kept saying “Mama, these look like REAL cookies!”.  And all the other thousands of cookies I’ve made him?  What did they look like? Get shortbread recipe here.

Recipe for Lemon Curd:

3 eggs
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Melt butter in double boiler.  Add sugar and well beaten eggs.  Combine and cook, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.  Add lemon juice and cook another 3 minutes or until smooth and thick.  CHILL and store in glass jar.  Enjoy!


7 Responses to “Cold weather baked goods”

  1. GrammaO February 1, 2012 at 13:53 #

    Ah, you have discovered the secret that many women have know for centuries – when it gets cold, stoke up the fire and get out the baking ingredients.

  2. simplyblythe February 4, 2012 at 05:27 #

    the lemon curd was yummy and so very easy!

  3. Amanda February 5, 2012 at 16:50 #

    Can this be jarred and sealed as not to have to refrigerate until opening??

    • jc February 5, 2012 at 17:08 #

      I have personally not kept any lemon curd out of the fridge for any amount of time (it’s consumed pretty quickly in our house). And being someone who is completely paranoid about due dates I don’t think I personally would. But take a look at this site… They explain that you can indeed jar and seal or even freeze lemon curd. Hope it turns out ok! Thanks for visiting. J

  4. gracehartman February 8, 2012 at 02:24 #

    So excited to try this with lemons from my dad’s tree! I found this on Pinterest but wanted to leave some love for the recipe! Can’t wait to check out the rest of your stuff.

    • jc February 8, 2012 at 08:42 #

      I’m sure it will turn out super delicious if you’re using lemons from your dad’s tree. Recipes made with family grown produce is always so much better. Enjoy! J

  5. Ngo Family Farm March 8, 2012 at 17:55 #

    Mmmmm, thank you for sharing your Grandma’s special lemon curd recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try – I have a couple homegrown lemons, and now I have just the thing to do with them 😉

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