I think my love for English things started with Pride and Prejudice. No, not the 6-part miniseries with Colin Firth (though I did watch it later and didn’t love it – I’m sorry!), but the 2005 one from Joe Wright. From the opening scene of the misty English countryside to the comedy of manners, I loved the clash of interactions between classes, how English characters so often remain stoic in the face of emotional turmoil, and the dry sense of humour. Since then, I’ve gone on to watch every BBC period drama mini-series that came my way. Suddenly, the tea time my grandma made me have as a child seemed to be so wonderful, and I couldn’t wait to revive it.
This past spring after making the pavlova, I had exactly 4 egg yolks leftover. And so I did a quick search and found what Epicurious calls The Ultimate Lemon Butter Bars. I haven’t tasted all the lemon bars in the world, but I can attest that this recipe produced the silkiest lemon curd I have made yet. Paired with a strong cup of Earl Grey, it’s perfect for tea time, dessert time, second breakfast time… and it has a simple shortbread crust and a curd that’s just tangy enough to give you the gumption needed, perhaps to talk to a handsome someone at Pemberley.