We have now driven the new road a few times, and it's GREAT. I snapped a few photos last weekend. Please observe the speed limits, drive carefully, and always watch out for sheep, goats, turkeys, and pheasants . . . they are everywhere!
I was asked to share my recipe for Lilikoi Butter. It is not "mine," as I found it in 2005 in the now-defunct Star Bulletin newspaper. I wish I could give it better credit but the link is gone.
Mr. L planted a lilikoi vine in our backyard years ago, and we have been battling it ever since. Between his green thumb and the ideal conditions, the vines grow like crazy here. Should the world come to an end, lilikoi vines will still be around with kudzu and cockroaches. If you want to start a plant, allow a lot of space and plan on cutting it back regularly. Drink your coffee, read the paper, and cut back the lilikoi.
This lilikoi butter is not the only recipe of its type around, but I am partial to it. I have also tried one that uses pectin, but I'm a big "texture" person and I think this recipe has a creamier texture. It spreads nicely. Some of them I have tried have a Jello-y texture, and while I don't have anything against Jello, I just don't want it on a waffle.
For those of you not familiar with lilikoi butter, you're in for a treat. If you have had lemon curd, this is similar . . . but better. I once heard it described as "sunshine in a jar" and while that's sort of corny, so am I, and it's an apt description.
I normally make a double recipe of it, because a single recipe only makes one and a half cups. If I am going to all the trouble of canning (and it's a lot of trouble) I am going to make at LEAST a double batch. I have quadrupled it before and that was a massive effort. With this double batch, the yield is nine 4-ounce jars of butter.
It takes a good two and a half hours to make this. I include in that my set-up and clean-up time, as both are significant. Photos are at the bottom of this post.
Before you embark on this or any other canning project, first start with a clean kitchen, or you'll be adding to a mess. Plus, you are going to need the room.
My next step is to fill up the canner and my big stockpot with water to get the water boiling. It takes a while to heat that much water.
Wash your jars, lids, and rings in hot, soapy water. Rinse and sterilize.
Here is the recipe (doubled). Tips and pictures follow.
Lilikoi Butter (adapted from Star Bulletin, 2005)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup lilikoi juice
8 eggs, beaten
10 Tablespoons butter
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, lemon juice and lilikoi juice; stir until sugar is dissolved (you won't be able to feel gritty sugar with the spoon or see the crystals).
Whisk a little of the lilikoi mixture into the beaten eggs to temper them. Don't skip the step of tempering the eggs, or you will make lilikoi scrambled eggs. Yuck.
Once tempered, return the whole mixture to the saucepan. Stir constantly over medium-low heat until mixture is thick enough to coat a spoon.
Remove from heat. Cut butter into cubes (this will make it melt faster) and stir it into the lilikoi mixture.
Fill jars, leaving 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims, add lids and rings. Tighten rings so they are "finger-tight," not extremely tight.
Carefully put jars into canner. Can for 10 minutes. Remove jars and put onto dishtowel to cool. They will make a popping sound. That's normal - the jars are sealing. Once cooled, tighten the rings and store in a cool, dry place.
Lilikoi butter is wonderful on toast, pancakes, waffles and plain cheesecake. It is my most-requested preserve.
My co-worker Shelly brought this cake to work recently. It was warm from the oven, and I had just gotten myself a cup of coffee. That was a really good start to the day. We teased her, asking who had made it, because Shelly normally bakes via the "Smoke Alarm Method." As it turns out, though, she made it all by herself, and she said it was easy. Darned if it isn't.
Step One: Get an Angel Food cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. (Shelly insisted I get the Duncan Hines brand. I really don't know if that's truly necessary, but not having made it before, who was I to argue?)
Step Two: Spray a pan with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 350.
Step Three: Combine the pineapple and cake mix. Stir well. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.
It ain't fancy, but if you Want Cake Now, this works.