Every so often we get a request to stock lemon curd, so I have been keeping my eye out for one. Last year I found one, but sadly the packaging virtually guaranteed that it would not sell. So I kept on looking until I came across a teeny, tiny producer called My Cottage Industry. Leslie G. the owner and creator makes her products in a commercial kitchen in Southern California. When we eventually spoke, it turned out that Leslie’s mother-in-law used to be a realtor in Wisconsin and had good things to say about Brennan’s (thank you!). Small world.
When the box of samples arrived for tasting, I opened them right up to try (I was hungry). Besides lemon, Leslie also makes Passion Fruit Curd, Vanilla-Orange Marmalade and Pear Walnut Conserve. I decided to open the lemon first, got a bunch of mini spoons, and gathered several Watts Road team members to join me. I was the first to try and almost the only one to try. It was amazing. I didn’t want to share. I wanted to go hide and eat it all. It tasted better than any other curd I’d ever had. Rather than tasting artificial, like some, it truly was a lemon love affair. It tastes like the best lemon pie you’ve ever had. Well… the rest is recent history. About a month and half later, we are selling Leslie’s handmade products at Brennan’s.
In case you’ve never had lemon curd (and are looking to quickly rectify) and are wondering how to eat it (besides straight out of the jar), or are a lemon curd aficionado want to try something new, here are
10 delicious ways to enjoy fruit curds.
1. Use as a pancake or waffle filling or crepe topping.
2. Swirl it into yogurt.
3. Spread on toast, muffins or scones.
5. As a cupcake filling.
6. Marbled in cheesecake.
7. Between cake layers or as macaroon filling.
8. As a tart
filling with fruit on top.
9. Inside doughnuts.
We can’t wait for you to try Leslie’s handmade curds and more!