Our Baking Blog - Lemon curd and home-made bread...

Hi, I hope you have all had a good week. This week in celebration of national toast day (yes it does exist and is on 22nd February!!!), we thought about all the different toppings that we like to put on our bread and toast.

My mind automatically thinks of all the different jams, marmalades, spreads and nut butters that you can buy in the shops! However, we were trying to come up with something that we could make from scratch, use in lots of different ways and whose ingredients are readily available all year round and are fairly reasonable to buy too. Can you guess what we came up with?

Yes absolutely – lemon curd!!! Now I know that these days there are all different kinds of curds you can make like lime curd and ginger curd but nothing beats lemon curd on a piece of toast or a slice of freshly baked bread!!

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We found a fabulously quick and easy recipe on the delicious magazine website (please click on the link above to follow) which uses large lemons, caster sugar, eggs and unsalted butter. Try it yourself –the satisfaction you feel from creating such a yummy spread from 4 humble ingredients and 20 minutes in the kitchen is immense. Be patient when making it, I found that the mixture thickened very slowly but the taste is amazing! One thing that did surprise me was the vibrancy of the colour of the lemon curd once I put it in a glass jar. It just reminded me of spring flowers and sunny days!

Now to accompany your lemon curd, we thought that you could make some bread – in honour of national toast week. An all-time favourite recipe and also a fun way to make bread, especially if you are nervous of doing so, is this brilliant recipe by Nigel Slater – called simply Nigel’s Lazy Loaf (click the link to follow). What I love about it is that you mix all the ingredients together and then put it in a lidded casserole dish and place in the oven to bake – what could be easier! And as you can see from the photo, it looks incredible as well.

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Do let us know what you like to put on your toast for national toast week and send us your images and comments – we would love to hear from you.

Happy baking!

Sam xx