Sunday, February 22, 2009

I'm over Winter already


I have had enough of this snow already, it went away and then decided to come back. I really should not be living in the midwest since I hate the snow and cold weather so much. But I have this fear of the unknown in a lot of areas of my life but I don't know if I could do a Christmas in a warm climate it would just be odd to me. I mean no snow or cold weather at all and yet its still Christmas and you are supposed to eat winter time food when its warm out just seems strange to me. So instead of packing up my whole life and convincing P to leave the midwest, I thought I would just make something that would make me think of spring to keep the winter doldrums away. So since I'm a card carrying member of the presentation is everything club, I thought a little lime curd, fresh raspberries and puff pastry would do the trick. Nice and light, refreshing and doesn't remind me of the foot of snow outside at all. Luckily we are leaving to go on vacation in 2 weeks, and hopefully Atlanta will be warmer. Because I don't know how much more I can take of this damn cold weather. What do you do when you need to escape the cold?

This dessert is all about presentation and assembly.

Lime Raspberry Napoleans

Lime Curd

105g of lime Juice
1 tablespoon of lime zest from the citrus
72g of sugar
164g of eggs
72g of sugar
206g of butter, cold unsalted, cubed

In a medium saucepan, combine juice with zest and the first amount of sugar. Bring to a simmer. Combine eggs with the second amount of sugar. Temper the eggs with about half of the hot juice mixture and then return the mixture to the pan and continue to cook on a low heat until 165 degrees or until it start to get firm but not when its actually firm. Remove it from the heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Add butter when the mixture has cooled slightly and once most of the butter has been incorporated blend with an immersion blender until smooth but make sure you keep the blender submerged so that you don’t aerate the mixture. Then place in a plastic storage container with plastic wrap pressed against the top of the curd so it does not form a skin. Chill for atleast 2 hours and it will keep in the frigde for a week.

1 1/2 cups of fresh raspberries

2 sheets of puff pastry, cut into rectangles and baked according to the package or your recipes directions.

To Assemble -

Break apart your puff pastry into a bottom and a top. Spread a generous layer of lime curd, top with raspberries and place the puff pastry on top.

15 comments:

  1. beautiful!!! i'm lucky to be in los angeles and just picked up some california strawberries at the farmer's market. i want to make this with them!!

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  2. boy, oh, boy, you'd better believe i'm over winter. enough is enough! on a brighter note, this is an excellent use of ever-delightful puff pastry. :)

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  3. I could not agree with you more!! I am a spring and summer girl all the way!! Like the food librarian I am in SO Cal and we are very lucky with berries as they never really go out of season here. Your creation looks so wonderful!!

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  4. So pretty, and such a nice reminder that Spring really is going to come one of these days.
    Michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

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  5. Yay! I'm from Atlanta, and I'm so glad you're getting to go...compared to your weather, Atlanta will be a beach! By the way, your presentation totally takes the cake! I love lime curd, so I know the flavor is there, too. Presentation and flavor? You've got it all!

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  6. Michelle - we can only hope, and it better come sooner rather than later otherwise I know quite a few people who will start going stir crazy.

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  7. If you're over the Winter come to Portugal, we're having wonderful weather here! And please bring the napoleon!

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  8. This looks amazing! I have a single sheet of puff pastry in the freezer, this looks awfully tempting..

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  9. This looks beautiful!!! I want to be over winter, but it is still cold & raining nearly every day, but I will try to forget it with this lovelyness ! Many greetings from Brussels, Belgium!!

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  10. I am over winter, but would not give up my change of seasons for anything. I did it once and yes - thought it was odd that we were cutting down our Christmas tree in 80 degree weather.

    It wouldn't be winter if we couldn't complain how much we don't like it, right?

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  11. It's really not so weird to have warm weather during the Christmas season but it is nicer when it's cold.

    My jaw started to tingle when I read the ingredients for the lime curd. I'm ready for a bite of this!
    ~ingrid

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  12. There is no way to escape winter where I live, you just have to wait it through! I love lime and raspberries together, that dessert looks great. :)

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  13. Just wanted to let you know that this is my go to recipe for lime curd. I love it so much. I have also substituted in lemons or oranges. Perfect "curd" recipe!! Great job.

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