I came across raspberry butter on Pinterest whilst pinning preserves ideas. I love lemon butter and raspberries (which we have plenty of) and decided to give it a go. I also had some serious enthusiasm and offer of help from the Big Bowerbird. There are a lot of different techniques for making raspberry curd, after some deliberation we decided to use a fairly involved one. Not so simple, but very tasty.
Here is our own take on the recipe
- Mash 580gm of raspberries (what we picked yesterday - they're starting to wane)
- Pass berries through metal sieve to remove seeds (some recipes don't do this)
- Cream 1and 1/4 cups castor sugar with 170gm butter in large glass bowl
- Gradually add 8 egg yolks to mixer and combine
- Add pinch of salt then gradually add raspberry juice until well combined. Our mix looked split but this doesn't matter.
- Transfer bowl to sit on a saucepan of water. Cook on low. Butter will melt then mixture will gradually thicken. This process took around 30mins, we were whisking to keep mixture combined. I used my mostly neglected kitchen thermometer and brought the mix to 80 degrees Celsius.
- Take off heat and whisk whilst cooling
- Place in sterilised jars
- Will keep for 1-2 weeks or you can freeze
I liked the pre mixing in this recipe which meant there was little chance of getting curdled egg in the curd.
We added 3 whole eggs, and a dash of cream to the remaining egg whites and had a tasty dish of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and chives for dinner.
The raspberry curd is silken and has an intense raspberry flavour, my eldest said it looks like a strawberry milkshake. She was an amazing helper through the process, stirring, pulping and sterilising. Middle one was also a great helper playing a lengthy game of hide and seek with the little Bowerbird to keep her out of our hair. They were all busting to lick the bowl. I think the curd is screaming pancakes, or a wonderful filling for a macaroon or sponge with cream.
A Happy New Year to you all.
I hope you have a beautiful evening with family and friends.