Patterned butter cookies with a layer of fresh yuzu curd in between.
This recipe showcases one of my all-time favourite ingredients: Yuzu! Yuzu is a Japanese citrus fruit that tastes like a very floral lemon. It has beautiful tart acidity and is a very versatile ingredient. When I visited Japan a couple of years ago, I spent a lot of my trip looking for different yuzu products to bring home. You can find the citrus in forms such as dried powder/zest, fresh juice, in spice mixes (“Shichimi Togarashi” or “Japanese 7 Spice), Yuzu Kosho (a fresh paste mixed with spicy chillies), ice cream, sodas, teas, and more. The only place I have regularly seen fresh yuzu available in Calgary is True World Foods. It is easier to finder yuzu juice in bottles and you can also purchase frozen yuzu skin that you can use for zest.
Fruit Curd I love fruit curd and I think it is such a simple and fresh way to showcase different fruits. I’m working on this “Basic Curd” recipe to see how it works with different fruit, for now I’ve experimented with different citrus. Feel free to play around with this recipe and try different citrus fruits: blood orange, grapefruit, meyer lemon, lime? It would also be interesting to experiment with different ethnic citrus like the Persian sweet lime or calamansi.
The Cookie I find people tend to fall in two different categories: a chewy cookie fan, or a crisp. I prefer chewy cookies, but the nice thing about this recipe is that you have the option of increasing the cook time and making the dough thinner if you want to crisp up the cookies. The cookie recipe below was adapted from the manufacturers of the patterned rolling pin (@pastrymade), as it was created to help retain the pattern after baking. If you know me, you also know I love insects, and I was so excited to showcase this insect printed rolling pin. This recipe yields a tender, chewy, butter cookie, and when sandwiched with a thick spread of the tart and sweet yuzu curd, I am sure you will be very happy with the results. I hope you have fun experimenting with the versatility of this recipe and coming up with some flavours that showcase your favourite ingredients. I know I already have some different ideas in mind… so stay tuned!