December 18, 2011

Lemon and passionfruit butter: the perfect home-made gift

Creamy and zesty, this lemon and passionfruit butter is irresistable, and makes the ordinary piece of toast a complete Christmas treat. Easy to make, this sweet butter is a great gift for loved ones.

Lemon butter can also be used for many desserts, making filling for tartlets or topping for a luxurious pavlova.

Lemon and Passionfruit Butter
4 eggs
3/4 cup of caster sugar
100 grams of butter
juice and zest of 4 small lemons
juice and pulp of 2 small passionfruit

Simmer water in a saucepan that will fit over a ceramic bowl. If you cook the lemon butter directly on the heat, the eggs can scramble. Put all ingredients into the bowl and place on top of the saucepan to let the steam slowly heat the mixture. Stir occasionally while the mixture melts and thickens into custard (this takes about 5 - 7 minutes). Once thickened, take the mixture off the heat and place in the fridge to cool.

Once cold, spoon into two large steralised jars (or four small jars). Seal and adorn with Christmas festivities like ribbons and stickers. Keep refrigerated.

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