This Passion Fruit Curd is tart and creamy. Spread it over toast, pound cake or anything that needs a hit of exotic sweetness. Once you get your hands on some fresh passion fruits, it's unbelievably easy to make.
I planned all of my posts for March at the start of February when coronavirus was something far away that we weren't paying enough attention to, as usual. Before social isolation and panic buying and flattening the curve. Oh how quickly things can change.
Maybe I've always been secretly British at heart because I'm very much in the "keep calm and carry on" camp. This is our new reality for the time being, and all we can do is make the most of it. I recognize that I am immensely priveleged. I've never been more grateful for my stable government job, even though I've ironically been wishing to leave it and be self-employed all year. Maybe the universe knew this wouldn't be the right time.
I'm also lucky enough to live in a country where, should I become infected and need medical care, I will never receive a bill. If you're finding yourself in a difficult financial situation right now and also needing expensive medical treatment, maybe remember this feeling when you go to vote in November. And if that's not you, can you imagine if it was? What kind of world would you want to live in? That's all I'll say about that.
And if you know someone who is still out there keeping basic services running for the rest of us, give them a no-contact high five and let them know that they are a hero. We may be physically separated at the moment, but we need to support each other more than ever. My prayer is that we, as a global family, come out of this stronger and better than we've ever been.
Grocery stores probably aren't too concerned with stocking passion fruits at the moment, but if you happen to have some or have your own vine as we did in Hawaii, you can easily make plenty of passion fruit curd. Put this tart sweet concoction into jars, wipe down the outside with some disinfectant, wash your hands, then leave it at the doorstep of someone who needs a little sweetness in their life.
How to make Passion Fruit Curd
To make passion fruit curd, simply gut a bunch of passion fruits into a big glass bowl. Then add eggs and yolks and sugar to a big bowl. Whisk it all together, then add in the buter.
Make a double boiler by putting a pan with about an inch of water on the stove to simmer. Then put your glass bowl over the pan. Just make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Then you just keep stirring until the whole thing thickens up. It takes 15 or 20 minutes. It goes from looking like a disgusting gloppy mess to a smooth golden curd that you'll want to just eat with a spoon.
Nobody knows what life will be like from day to day. That was always true, but now we can't forget it. Might as well make it awesome. Mix up some Passion Fruit Curd and live your best life. A safe distance from everyone else. Stay safe, my friends.
Passion Fruit CurdDifficulty: Easy
Passion Fruit Curd is sweet and tart and heavenly on just about anything.
½ cup passion fruit pulp and seeds
1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
⅓ cup sugar
50 grams unsalted butter
- Cut open your passion fruits and scoop out the guts with a spoon until you get a half cup worth. I used 7 passion fruits this time, but it will vary based on the size. Purple passion fruits are smaller than the yellow ones. Buy a couple extra just in case.
- Add the pulp, egg, egg yolks, and sugar to a large, heat-proof mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Add the butter and place the bowl over a pan of simmering water. You only need about an inch of water. Don't let the water touch the bottom of the bowl.
- Stir continuously as the butter melts. It will look odd for a while, but eventually it will smooth out and thicken up. It took about 20 minutes on my stove.
- Remove from heat and transfer to a clean jar for storage. It will keep for at least two weeks.
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Need more passion fruit recipes? Try my favorite Passion Fruit Green Tea.