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Orange curd meringue bomb part 1.







I have been working on this Orange curd meringue bomb for a close friends birthday and I am pleased to say she loved it.


Darling Sandy,

As I sit here thinking about you and all you have been through of late, I feel a flood of emotions, and I struggle to find the right words to truly capture the incredible person you are. You are kind, thoughtful, caring, and generous to a fault – and that only scratches the surface of the beautiful soul that you are. Your birthday gave me the perfect opportunity to create something special for you – and I thought these mini meringue bombs would be perfect – not only because I know how much you love meringues, but because they represent the sweetness and softness that are characteristic of you, both inside and out.

I put my heart and soul into making these treats in the hope that they would look as beautiful and stylish as you always do. Yet, I know that no amount of effort on my part can truly do you justice. Your strength and resilience in the face of adversity have left me in awe. Over the past three years, you faced tremendous challenges – from Boris's cancer diagnosis to your own health crisis. It broke my heart to see you go through such hardships, and I remember hanging up the phone and crying after you told me about your diagnosis. Not you, you were strong, stoic and you didn’t complain, you did what you had to do. You NEVER EVER COMPLAIN. Never, “why me”, never “it’s not fair” or “life sucks” (All of the things I would say, after many curse words) You recovered from your illness (thank god) all the while caring for Boris. And it’s thanks to you and your unwavering devotion to him that he is still fighting this horrid disease.


You have true grit and I am in awe of you. You’re a good kind mother who gives everything to her children and treats my twins like her own. You have been like a second mum to them and sometimes I think, you’re their favourite one!


May all your birthday wishes come true.


Love you lots

Nava


This Orange curd Meringue bomb is created by yours truly.

I will be posting it in two parts.

First the Orange curd, then the meringue.

This orange curd as my young nephew said, “Nava, This dessert is the BOMB “ (hence the name) it’s tangy, tarty, and is a flavour bomb. It just adds that much needed zing to this sweet dessert. The dark chocolate adds the perfect balance to create the perfect harmony between the sweet and tangy..


Stay tuned for the second part coming to you, next week…


notes and tips:

I made this orange curd firm so i could mould it and it would be easy to work with. It still taste uber delicious I can assure you.

However, if you want the consistency less thick/firm use 1 cup of orange juice and 15g of cornflour.

You can use store bought or squeeze your own, I always choose freshly squeezed o.j over store bought.

Having said that, I have used both and store bought is still delicious.

I used a loads of lemon and orange zest (i can't get enough of that stuff) you can use less, it's up to you.

Don't forget second part coming next week....



Ingredients

  • 3 extra large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup of freshly squeezed or store-bought orange juice + 1 tablespoon

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 70g sugar

  • 25g cornflour

  • Zest of one orange and one lemon (you can adjust the amount to your preference)

  • 60g butter


Method:

1. Place a pot over a medium to low flame. 2. To a pot add the cornflour, orange zest, lemon zest, and sugar . 3. Add lemon juice to orange juice and gradually whisk in the orange juice and lemon juice until the mixture has thickened. 4. Reduce the heat to low and add the butter to the pot. Whisk continuously until all the butter is fully melted and incorporated into the curd. 5. Once the butter is fully mixed in, turn off the heat and remove pot from heat. . 6. Add egg yolks one at a time, until the curd becomes smooth and creamy. 7. Allow the orange curd to come to room temperature. 8. Transfer the orange curd to a sterilised jar and seal it with a lid. 9. Store the jar of orange curd in the refrigerator, until ready to use

Your delicious homemade orange curd is now ready to be enjoyed! It makes a delightful spread on toast, a filling for cakes, or a luscious addition to desserts. Enjoy its tangy and citrusy goodness anytime you desire.




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