Coconut Curd | Kaya

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Singapore is a true melting pot. In every kitchen, you’ll find time honored traditions from around the world, especially India, China, Malaysia, and Europe. Today’s recipe, Kaya, belies the British influence on the islands.

Think tea time and crumpets. But Asian-style.

Here’s the skinny: Kaya is Coconut Curd.

Curd is a spread that’s thickened with egg yolks… In this sense, Kaya is just like Britain’s much adored lemon curd, but with the hauntingly addictive flavor of rich, velvety coconut milk instead of tart lemon juice. While the tropical spread would be incredible between cake layers, the most traditional use in Singapore is on toast for breakfast or teatime.

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Kaya is smooth and silky on the tongue, and makes any breakfast instantly feel special.

The best part is that there are only three ingredients, the luscious blend is vegetarian, and, just by chance, gluten-free.

Win. Win. Win.

I suggest sipping a little tea or coffee on the side… perhaps with a mega view, like this:

An aerial view of the Civic District of Singapore. The buildings visible include the Supreme Court of Singapore (centre left, with disc), the Old Supreme Court Building (centre right, with dome), and Parliament House (right, with orange roof). In the background are the three towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Photo by William Cho.

An aerial view of the Civic District of Singapore. The buildings visible include the Supreme Court of Singapore (centre left, with disc), the Old Supreme Court Building (centre right, with dome), and Parliament House (right, with orange roof). In the background are the three towers of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Photo by William Cho.

P.S. I think kaya would also be divine on crumpets, scones, or biscuits.

P.P.S. Kaya would be the perfect homemade gift for a friend, sweetheart, mother, or grandmother.

P.P.P.S. I know I already put together a list of 12 Romantic recipes from around the world for Valentine’s Day, but I’d like to add Kaya to the list of things I definitely would not mind if my husband made me for Valentine’s Day.

Fills one small jar

Ingredients:

1, 13.5 oz can coconut milk (not light)
3 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar

Method:

Find a happy little corner of Singapore to cook in …

Singapore Skyline. Photo by Merlion44

Singapore Skyline. Photo by Merlion44

Gather the glistening sugar, the glowing yolks, and the impossibly creamy coconut milk.

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Whisk together and strain into a heatproof bowl.

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Place bowl over  a pot of rapidly simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir often until the curd starts to thicken.

Tip: If the custard doesn’t seem to be thickening after 10-20 minutes, try increasing the heat.

Once the curd is a bit thicker, you can stir a little less often.

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Cook about 45 minutes to an hour, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon without running together.

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Cool and keep refrigerated. The curd will thicken as it cools.

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Enjoy the goodness!

May every day be “kaya sweet.”

Inspired by Indochine Kitchen.

Update: Readers have been kind enough to share that this recipe is common in Malaysia and Indonesia as well. Yay for that!

Coconut Curd | Kaya
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Singapore is a true melting pot. In every kitchen, you’ll find time honored traditions from around the world, especially India, China, Malaysia, and Europe. Today’s recipe, Kaya, belies the British influence on the islands. Think tea time and crumpets. But Asian-style. Here’s the skinny: Kaya is Coconut Curd. Curd is a spread that’s thickened with egg yolks… In this sense, Kaya is just like Britain’s much adored lemon curd, but with the hauntingly addictive flavor of rich, velvety coconut milk instead of tart lemon juice. While the tropical spread would be incredible between cake layers, the most traditional use in Singapore is on toast for breakfast or teatime.
Servings Prep Time
1 jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
45-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
45-60 minutes
Coconut Curd | Kaya
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Singapore is a true melting pot. In every kitchen, you’ll find time honored traditions from around the world, especially India, China, Malaysia, and Europe. Today’s recipe, Kaya, belies the British influence on the islands. Think tea time and crumpets. But Asian-style. Here’s the skinny: Kaya is Coconut Curd. Curd is a spread that’s thickened with egg yolks… In this sense, Kaya is just like Britain’s much adored lemon curd, but with the hauntingly addictive flavor of rich, velvety coconut milk instead of tart lemon juice. While the tropical spread would be incredible between cake layers, the most traditional use in Singapore is on toast for breakfast or teatime.
Servings Prep Time
1 jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
45-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 jar 5 minutes
Cook Time
45-60 minutes
Ingredients
  • 13.5 fl oz coconut milk (not light)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup sugar
Servings: jar
Units:
Instructions
  1. Gather the sugar, yolks, and coconut milk. Whisk together and strain into a heatproof bowl.
  2. Place bowl over a pot of rapidly simmering water (don’t let the water touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir often until the curd starts to thicken. Tip: If the custard doesn’t seem to be thickening after 10-20 minutes, try increasing the heat. Once the curd is a bit thicker, you can stir a little less often.
  3. Cook about 45 minutes to an hour, or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon without running together.
  4. Cool and keep refrigerated. The curd will thicken as it cools.

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