Monday, 3 November 2008
Comfort food - make some & feel the warmth!
That's right - make some yummy homemade treats to celebrate Autumn! I discovered how easy lemon curd and rice pudding are to make, thought folks on here might like to try making some too!
Homemade Lemon Curd
• 1 large juicy lemon, grated zest and juice only
• 75g caster sugar
• 2 eggs
• 50g unsalted butter
Put sugar and grated lemon zest in a bowl.
Whisk the lemon juice together with the eggs, then pour this over the sugar.
Then add the butter cut into little pieces, and place the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
Stir frequently till thickened - about 20 minutes.
Pour into sterilised jar and lid (washed glass jar then carefully dried and placed in a warm oven upside down for 15 minutes - lid can be boiled in water).
Store in fridge – lasts around 4 weeks if you can get it to stick around that long!
Costs: Lemon: £0.20p, Sugar approx £0.25p; eggs approx £0.30p, butter £0.26p.
Homemade jar of lemon curd for around £1 - can't beat that!
How about making some for relatives this Xmas as inexpensive gifts? Just save some pretty jars and enjoy the look on their faces when they have some freshly made lemon curd on toast!
Another favourite for me has to be delicious creamy rice pudding. I made this yesterday afternoon for us to have after a Sunday roast and it's amazingly easy and so tasty you will want to make lots! It can be frozen as well, or if you can bear it, given to friends and family!
Slow cooker rice pudding
For a 2.5 litre slow cooker:
• 25g butter
• 100g pudding rice
• 100g sugar
• 1 litre milk
• grated nutmeg
For 4.5 litre slow cooker:
• 40g butter
• 150g pudding rice
• 150g sugar
• 1.5 litres milk
• grated nutmeg
My slow cooker is 3.5 litre so I followed recipe #1.
Butter inside of the crockpot
Add all ingredients
Cook on low for 4 or 5 hours depending on how thick you want it
Stir halfway through cooking time
For added yummyness, put your portion under a grill with some brown sugar on top. If desired, add some homemade lemon curd for that extra touch!
Cost:Pudding Rice: £0.10p, milk (longlife semi skimmed) £0.55p, sugar £0.50, butter £0.13p, nutmeg £0.3p.
£1.31 total and made us 5 portions @£0.26p per portion approx.
You could make it more luxurious by adding clotted cream or evaporated milk but I loved it naturally creamy. The longer you cook it the creamier it is.
Again this could be cooked for relatives or friends for Christmas... start looking for and saving pretty containers!