This curd recipe works well with any citrus fruit — lemons, limes, grapefruits. Plus it makes enough to fill a whole 9-inch tart, six 6-inch tartlets (see my Perfect Pastry recipe), or you can simply jar it and store it in the fridge for later. The balance of the sour-sweet-buttery flavors of this simple citrus curd can lend itself nicely to both sweet and savory dishes (or, hey, just spread it on some toast). Try my Angel Food Curd Cupcakes!
Considered one of the “mother sauces” of French cuisine, you can’t not feel fancy when you master this staple.
Note About This Recipe: This recipe is for a basic bechamel sauce. Once you’ve mastered this, you can experiment with fun flavor combinations by infusing your favorite herbs, spices, veggies, and cheeses into the milk base. In fact, this base sauce is the foundation for other staple sauces, like alfredo, mornay, and more complex recipes like chowders and even souffles — super fancy!