Monday, March 30, 2009

Weekend Breakfast on the Farm

Spring has sprung here on the farm, the azaleas are blooming the trees are budding out and the air is a buzz with bees doing their business.

And what could make a beautiful spring more complete than a lazy breakfast on the porch. This morning we enjoyed fresh bagels with strawberry butter.

Home made bagels fresh from the oven, chewy on the outside with a tender interior, these may the best bagels you will ever eat!

Strawberry butter:

1 stick butter, room temperature

1/2 C sweetened fresh strawberry puree

In bowl of a stand mixer whip the butter until light and increased in volume, slowly add the strawberry puree continuing to whip until fully incorporated. Add sugar and salt to taste. Whip until doubled in volume.

Enjoy on bagels, toast, pancakes or fresh bread.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lemon curd is pretty high on my list of favorite things. So a while back when I came across a recipe for strawberry curd, I definitely wanted to give it a try. A curd is usually made of citrus combined with sugar, butter and eggs. It's thick and has sort of a pudding like texture. They can also be made from fruit combined with citrus and eggs. Since strawberry season is in full swing at Waterberry Farm, we're on the lookout for new ways to use them. Of course when I went to make the strawberry curd, I couldn't find the recipe I'd seen originally. It's out there somewhere on the world wide web!! I adapted this recipe from one for I'd found for a raspberry curd. I had some leftover cake I want to use up so I decided to put it between the layers of cake. The cake I used was just a basic vanilla cake. I liked it with the curd, but I think a lemon cake would have been even better. If you'd rather not go to the trouble of making a cake, you could just serve it as is with a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Although I really like this curd, I think that I'm going to try making one that doesn't have whipped cream and is more like traditional lemon curd. So stay tuned for strawberry curd part two!
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