You all know I’ve lost my kitchen mojo but today I fronted up, turned up the Christmas tunes and got my bake on. Trifle is our Christmas morning tradition but my boys are also fans of a pav so I figured I’d treat them. Only thing is, it’s something I have never ever made…until now.
I follow along watching Aussie blogger Beth from BabyMac as she whips up tasty treats, the woman is a culinary machine. Recently she made a pavlova and Lemon butter, sooooo I figured I’d give it a crack.
Guess what guys? I did it! I made an actual pav AND lemon butter. I’m not going to lie, neither are perfect, but that’s ok. I learned a few things, like not to ‘guess’timate the butter because your scales need a new battery. I may have used a bit too much butter which meant my curd didn’t thicken as well as it could have.
I googled ‘help, my lemon curd won’t set’. I freakin love Google! It suggested adding a couple of extra egg yolks (which I did). Umm, still no thick curd so a teeny touch of cornflour was added. Please don’t tell Beth.
I sterilised my jar and plonk, plonk…thick curd in a jar ? this sweet lemony goodness won’t last long. Several spoonfuls ended up in my gob, some went to mini lemon tarts and the rest will top the pav.
On to the pavlova, seriously simple to make, just keep whipping until the mix is glossy and forms peaks. I used a pizza tray to bake my pav, just add a dab of mixture underneath the baking paper to ‘stick’ it down. Now, I wasn’t sure if I should make the nest super high or low so I took a guess and went kinda low.
What I should have done was pile that mix high. Oh well, lesson learned. I baked it for 50 minutes, cooled it in the oven for one hour (door ajar) and bing bam boom…a PAV! Sweeet!
I’m going to smother lemon butter over the top, add a mountain of whipped cream and handfuls of berries and nectarines. Far out, hold me!! I was so proud of my triumphant return to the kitchen I celebrated with cranberry ham on a white bread roll…it’s Christmas after all ?
Lemon ‘butter’ or ‘curd’?…what do you call it? Will you try making some?