Christmas lemons

My Dad says he has everything he needs so he likes to receive edible gifts. For his birthday I made him some lemon butter. My elder son watched longingly as the mixture filled the jar perfectly. So sad, nothing left for him to eat. I promised I would make more soon, so today I fulfilled my promise.

Christmas Day will consist of a large lunch with family, so it will be nice to start the day with a light breakfast of crunchy toast spread with lemon butter and a cup of tea. My lemons have been unusually large this year, I don’t know why, it’s a mystery. A friend described them as radioactive lemons. I hope not!

One of these lemons provided 100 ml of juice, just enough to make a large jar of lemon butter. If you would like to make some you will need:

1 large or 2 small sterilised jars ( I used a recycled jam jar with a pretty lid)

100 ml of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of finely grated lemon zest

4 egg yolks

2/3 cup castor sugar

60 gm butter

Combine the egg yolks and sugar with a whisk and pour into a non-reactive saucepan. Add the lemon zest, juice and butter. Over a medium heat, bring the mixture just to a simmer whilst stirring constantly and then remove from heat. Let cool and spoon into one large or two small sterilised jars. Keep in the fridge for up to one month.

Tip: make sure you don’t  add any of the egg white to the mixture or your lemon butter will have white streaks like mine did the first time I made it (a bit like scrambled eggs)!


When life gives you lemons


Radioactive lemons?


Keep stirring!


Use a jar with a pretty lid




Or make a pretty cover ( I cheated, I found a pretty vintage piece of linen)

Lemon tea

Tea with lemon

Gran's cup

Gran’s cup


30 thoughts on “Christmas lemons

  1. Gorgeous, fabulous post. Hand made gifts are the absolute best. Also your lemons are big and juicy because of the love that surrounds them. Not one to boast but my plants are big and juicy as is everything else under my care. LOL. : )

  2. Ooh, this looks delicious Jen! I have been wanting to make lemon butter for a while and you have inspired me to do it. Although, I may have to pinch some lemons off your radioactive tree as mine has not produced many this year. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and may 2013 be a year full of new and exciting adventures for you!

  3. I love lemon butter – I just bought a jar from a local Christmas market, yummy. Can’t grow lemons like I used to in NZ, UKs too cold.

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