I was all set to make passionfruit curd this weekend, I’d been thinking about it all week. On Saturday I headed off to the greengrocer to pick up the ingredients and was met with a dearth of passionfruit, the little suckers were nowhere to be found. Not a single shop had them, have we been struck by a passionfruit shortage? What was I going to do with the egg yolks lurking in my fridge? I was ‘having a moment’ when I noticed I was stood next to a huge pile of mangoes, 39p each. Oh, mango curd it is then.
Trusty Deb at Smitten Kitchen has a good recipe from her wedding cake project but I was a yolk short of the required four. No problem, I three-quartered the recipe and, given that I has spent rather longer in town than intended, cooked it in the microwave. I’ve never made a curd where you beat the butter in after the eggs are cooked but this method worked fine.
I won’t lie, I still want passionfruit curd, now if you please! But I’m not sure the mango curd is going to tide me over until next week’s shopping expedition, it’s really rather good, especially on crumpets. Fortunately I have a couple more mangoes in the fruit bowl.
See the original recipe for instructions on how to cook this on the hob. I used my rather pathetic 500W microwave, use lower levels if you have a higher power machine.
Makes a Bonne Maman jar’s worth (approx. 324ml)
- One 350g ripe mango
- 80g caster sugar
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 large egg yolks
- 45g unsalted butter
Take as much flesh as you can off the mango and cut into chunks. Blend in a food processor with the sugar and lime juice until smooth. Add the yolk and blend for 15 seconds more.
Pass the purée through a fine sieve or cheese cloth into a microwave safe bowl.
Setting the microwave to 50% power, cook the purée for 2 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds. Up the power to 80% and cook for a further 2 minutes, or until thickened, whisking every 20 seconds.
Stir in small pieces of the butter until is has all melted then pour the curd in to a sterilised jar. When cool, place in the fridge to set.