The Recipe Is Ridiculously Simple
Finding passion fruit puree is not, notably, during the C19 madness. My favorite French Boiron fruit purees are more and more expensive, absurdly expensive. It’s time to explore other brands and other sources. Look around. If you are lucky to find a 100% passion fruit puree, no sugar added, no other fruit blended in, make this fantastic curd!
All you need is 4 ingredients — passion fruit puree, sugar, eggs, and butter. The better are your ingredients, the better will your lilikoi butter taste; the cleaner will be the flavors, the silkier and creamier will be the texture. Different recipes use different ratios of the ingredients and often whole eggs. My version is adjusted to my taste, so I use less sugar, less butter, and only egg yolks.
Tools and Cooking Method
If you have a round-bottom saucepan and a whisk, your job making this condiment will be easier. There is no need for bain-marie or thermometers — just whisk the mixture while cooking. The emulsion is stable enough to bring it to simmer.
What If Passion Fruit Is Out of Reach
Lilikoi butter is a curd. The concept is the same as for well-known lemon curd or any other curds made with bold-flavored fruits — mostly all kinds of citrus, but also raspberry, blackberry, cranberry, black currant, etc. The recipe below is universal, but different kinds of fruit will require different amounts of sugar. In some cases, no need to add sugar at all. The rule is to make the fruity part taste pleasant to your taste first, then add other ingredients and start cooking.
Remember, you are going to dilute, to soften the fruit flavor of your choice with egg yolks and butter. The more delicate it is before yolks and butter, the less it will be recognized in the final product.
Serving Lilikoi Butter
- Serve it with a slice of fresh bread made with enriched dough — Hawaiian bread, brioche, chalah, milk bread, etc.
- Add lilikoi butter to your plain yogurt or drizzle it over fresh cheese like ricotta or chevre.
- Use it as a dressing for your tropical or not so tropical fruit salads.
- Make meringue pastries with whipped cream and lilikoi butter.
Once you taste it, more creative serving ideas will come to you! Enjoy!