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seasonal recipe

The antidote to dark days of winter is citrus desserts

Post holiday dieting gets mighty tiresome in the dark, drab days of winter. The antidote is all those beautiful winter citrus fruits in supermarkets. Yes, it’s nice to put a bowl of clementines on the kitchen table for the kids to grab instead of something less nutritious, but those juicy little orbs also make beautiful curd.

You probably know lemon curd, either homemade or in a jar. To make it with clementines, squeeze some fruits, enhance their juice with lemon, and add a bunch of eggs and sugar. Whisk the mixture over heat until it thickens but does not boil, and spoon the results on your morning toast. For a quick, dressy dessert, whip one cup of heavy cream until it holds soft peaks and fold it into the curd for a sublime mousse.

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