Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lemons!

I love lemon, lemon ices, lemon pie, lemon chicken. And my favorite lemon has to be the Meyer Lemon. They're even getting a little easier to find these days. At least around here. They are a softer lemon than the regular ones and have less of a pucker! More orange yellow, and rounder, that's how you can tell you have a Meyer Lemon! If I can't find any, I'll add the juice of a clementine to the juice of a lemon to soften the pucker. Similar flavor to a Meyer. Good sub, but you can use any lemon you like for this recipe. It's Meyer season and I managed to find a bunch. When I do find them, I buy a lot and freeze them whole. So we can have them any time of year!

The LA Times had an article that mentioned 100 things you can do with a Meyer lemon. So many great ideas! I decided to make lemon curd. My friend Linda had mentioned it recently and gave me a craving! You can use it on a cookie, in a tart, as a topping, or just eat it with a spoon. That's what I did. Spoon! I did find a really good use for it after all. Lemon-stuffed French toast! Check back, that's in my next post! But even so, I'll have to make another batch, just for the spoon!

This is the easiest lemon curd recipe I have tried. Practically foolproof. Because even if you screw it up and cook the eggs you can just strain those little bitty pieces out. Won't affect the flavor at all. Or you can eat it lumpy. But straining works. Or resist the temptation to put it in for the extra 30 seconds, this time I resisted and it came out fine!

But is it lemon butter, or lemon curd? I always called it curd, but butter sounds much nicer. Call it whatever you want, I'm calling it good!





Microwave Lemon Curd
Source: ColleenOz, CF
Printable Recipe

4 oz butter (NOT margarine)
3/4 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons' worth)
all the rind from the lemons, grated
1 cup sugar
4-5 eggs, thoroughly beaten

Put butter, sugar, lemon juice and lemon rind into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high about 3 minutes, stirring halfway through. Butter should be melted and sugar dissolved. Let it cool for a minute or so before you stir in the eggs. Add the eggs and microwave in 30-second bursts until it thickens, about 2 minutes. Whisk after each burst. Cool and pour into sterilized jars. Cover immediately. Store in refrigerator. Makes about 3 medium sized jars.

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Joining Mary's Mosaic Monday. For more mosaic's stop by the Little Red House!



Also linking up to Lisa at Sweet as Sugar Cookies for Sweets for a Saturday
So it's a Sunday when I posted, it's never to late for sweets!



44 comments:

  1. I have to make this! Hopefully I'll have some beautiful baked goodie to share soon:@)

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  2. I love to make lemon curd, but have never seen a method that looks so easy. I love lemon tarts, lemon curd on cookies and between layers of a rich white cake, then iced with Seven Minute Icing. Yummy!

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  3. I love lemon too! But it's a little difficult to find Meyer lemons here (in Canada). I like your idea of adding a little clementine juice to sweeten the regular lemon flavour a little.

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  4. We don't get Meyer lemons out here in the waste land..I have tried them before. Thge curd or butter looks good..need to check out the 100 ways to use them!!

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  5. Your post is just what I needed. I have a ton of Meyer lemons that I need to use up. Your lemon curd looks so delicious and sunny. I hope you'll stop by and link it up to Sweets for a Saturday #6 (the link is open till tomorrow night). http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweets-for-saturday-6.html

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  6. I love lemon, too. It's one of my favorite flavors. I am attempting to grow Meyer Lemons. I have one small one growing. Certainly not enough for lemon curd. This looks so easy, can't wait to get some lemons and try it. How long do you think the curd keeps in the fridge?

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  7. I think it keeps about a week. You can freeze it, too!

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  8. I love a good lemon curd, not too sweet and not too tart. Lemon stuffed French toast sounds like heaven!

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  9. beautiful, I love the lemons and the recipe!

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  10. Mmmmm. I'm with you! I love anything lemon. Beautiful colors!

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  11. We do tend to call it Lemon Butter over here in Oz and it's one of my favourites ... so I'll definitely be trying your microwave recipe. Delicious!

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  12. Oh how wonderful!!! I can almost taste it! Thank you! Cathy

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  13. I love lemons...put a slice in every glass of tea! And hubby loves the Roba Dolce Lemon sorbet! WOW! It is yummy! ♥

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  14. I love lemons too! This is a recipe I will definitely be trying this week!

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  15. I hope this puts a smile on your face....I eat a piece of rye bread with peanut butter and lemon curd on it every night before I go to bed. It is my comfort food. I first learned of it on British Airlines and ever since it’s been a staple of my diet. I love your mosaic.

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  16. I love, love lemon anything! I need to get to the grocery store and pick up some Meyers ;o) This curd is calling my name!

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  17. My mother made the most wonderful lemon pie. Thanks for the memories!

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  18. Mmmm, I love lemon curd. And almost anything else lemon flavored. Yum!

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  19. OMG I haven't had this since I was a little girl! I'm going to make this on Thursday - after my deadlines are done.

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  20. Oh, Carol, I love this recipe! I am excited about making this for my family... and ME! Pretty mosaic too.

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  21. I have never made lemon curd because it always seemed so time consuming and took so many eggs. This looks easy and may be doable. Save me from buying it already made up. V

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  22. I am bookmarking this to try! What a quick and fun lemon curd recipe.

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  23. I love lemon curd, but have never tried to make it in the microwave before. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  24. I absolutely love lemon curd. I have not made it for years but maybe this afternoon....

    Carol

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  25. Microwavable lemon curd? I think you are a genius! This looks lovely. I am lemon lover as well. I have a lemon blueberry bread pudding on my site if you are interested. Thanks for stopping by earlier and have a great week.

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  26. I have never had lemon curd but I am in love with Meyer lemons so I'm sure that I would love it. You mentioned recently...and I've been meaning to ask you....about freezing the lemons whole. Can you give me some more information please?! I have never thought about freezing citrus fruit. Thanks so much! Candace

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  27. I love all things Lemony! And so does Martha :)

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  28. I'm a fan of lemons too. They taste great and have such a wonderful aroma.

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  29. Yum! Meyers lemons are the best!

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  30. I've never had lemon curd, but it sounds delicious.

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  31. This is such an easy sweet and I am sure my husband would love it since he likes lemon flavor very much!

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  32. Your lemon curd sound delicious. I love lemon pies and this does look to be yummy just eating it with the spoon. I will look forward to your lemon stuffed french toast.

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  33. I've never made my own lemon curd...Now is the time. Thank you.

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  34. Pretty colors! Are you concerned at all about microwaving food?

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  35. That is a wonderfully easy recipe for lemon curd. It will soon be moving from your kitchen to mine. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  36. I am SO going to try this recipe! Thanks, Mary- it looks and sounds magnificent.

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  37. So get rid of the other curd recipe you gave us and replace with this?
    It looks delicious! Mary! :)

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  38. Don't you love how accessible Meyer lemons are nowadays?

    And lemon curd is one of my favorite reasons to slaughter the pretty little things.

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  39. How easy is that! Didn't know I can make curd in the microwave! I gotta cook up the Meyer lemons I have on hand! Yum!

    I'm hosting the Culinary Smackdown Battle for March--the theme is Cookies. Would you like to join in for the fun? It doesn' have to be a new post on your blog. You can pick your favorite cookie from your previous post too. All you have to do is link up your cookie creation. I have some great prizes waiting. Hope to see your entry soon!

    Amy
    http://utry.it/2011/03/culinary-smackdown-battlecookies.html

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  40. Funny, but I bought some Meyer lemons last week just because they were such a beautiful color! Now I know what to do with them. lol

    Thanks for sharing at MM! :)

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  41. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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  42. You know I love lemons and this microwave curd recipe! When we were in CA, someone who lived on one of the golf courses offered us some lemons from their tree - they were HUGE!

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