Lilikoi (aka Passion Fruit) Curd is a sweet Hawaiian treat that pairs perfectly with cheesecake, ice cream, crepes, and fudge. Give this homemade passion fruit curd a try!
Lilikoi or passion fruit
Today, I’m going to give you a little background on Lilikoi – or as you may know it, Passion Fruit. The Lilikoi grow on huge vines that creep up other trees and just go all over. As the fruit ripens, they just drop to the ground and you go around picking them up.
As you can see, the outer flesh is very thick, so even if it looks beat up, the inside is usually protected. The dark purple passion fruits we get here are just as delicious, but a little more acidic in taste. You can also cook our passion fruit curd from other passion fruit varieties.
What is lilikoi curd?
Well, lilikoi curd is very similar to lemon curd, a kind of pudding. It is beasically done with egg yolks, sugar and fruit. It’s a sweet and fruity sauce, that goes on just about anything. Eat it on toast for breakfast, as cake topping, or just as is in fresh yogurt.
What to use it for?
- Spread: Spread it on toast, muffins, scones, or pancakes as a tangy alternative to traditional jams or jellies.
- Filling: Use it as a filling for tarts, cakes, cupcakes, and any sort of pastries.
- Dessert Topping: Passion fruit curd can be drizzled over desserts like cheesecakes, pavlovas, or ice cream.
- Dip: It makes a fruity dip for fresh fruits or as a topping for yogurt or granola.
How to store lilikoi curd
To store the lilikoi curd, transfer it to an airtight container. Curd usually gets a skin that you can prevent by placing plastic wrap or parchment paper directly on the curd’s surface. It can be stored up to 5 days in the fridge.
Frozen passion fruit curd can be stored for up to 4 months. Use a freezer-safe container with some room for expansion. To thaw, transfer to the refrigerator for gradual thawing, avoiding room temperature.
Homemade Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Curd
- 4 cups Sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 ½ cups Lilikoi Juice from 12-15 fresh passion fruits
- ⅛ tsp salt
- 1 cup Butter
- To make fresh passion fruit juice, cut th fruits in half and spoon into a fine-mesh sieve. When you have spooned out all the fruit, strain the pulp through the sieve and catch the juice in a pot. Add a 3/4 cup of water. The seeds should remain in the sieve. If you like your curd crunchy, you can also leave some seeds in. If you use store bought juice, pour it into a pot.
- Mix the other ingredients except or the butter with a whisk in a small saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. If the curd is too thick, you can add up to another 1/2 cup of juice if needed to thin it out.
- Take pot off the heat and add the butter, stir it in until fully melted.
- Pour hot passion fruit curd into a quart container or glasses with lid immediately. Let cool before refrigerating.
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