Monday, 2 November 2020

Lemon curd

My Meyer lemon bush is very prolific and today I picked a good dozen or so of the ripened fruit to give the  remaining green ones more chance to develop.



So many of the flowers have set that I was expecting to have a drop  of immature fruit at some point. It hasn't  happened and now some of the leaves are yellowing and showing signs of stress. Should I thin out some of the fruit? I've fed the bush but it still looks rather stricken.

Any advice from Blogland? I would be happy to have it!















It is a wet and windy and altogether miserable day and the best place to be is in the warmth of the kitchen.

Six ripe lemons makes three pots of lemon curd.

Recipe.

6oz butter, melted

6 lemons, zest and juice

12 oz sugar

6 eggs.

Melt butter in a bowl set over a container of simmering water. Add the lemon zest and juice, then the sugar and finally the well-beaten eggs. Continue to stir constantly until the mixture thickens then remove from the heat and pour into jars.

Delicious!



12 comments:

  1. I am amazed that you can grow lemons there. Growing up on the Surrey/Sussex border I am sure they would have struggled and died.

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    1. My citrus plants are all in pots that spend the summer months outside and the rest of the year becoming increasingly despondent (rather like me) as they shelter in the cold greenhouse. I drape them in fleece when the temperature really drops.

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  2. Yes, Cher. Uproot the whole plant and send it to the Southern Mediterranean.

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    1. Thanks, Tom for your invaluable advice. Can I go with it?

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  3. I collect citrus and love meyers. I think the fertilizer and picking ripe ones should do the job. I have to overwinter mine in the greenhouse but have a space heater too. Chelated iron helps with the yellow leaves. They get a deficiency. It is liquid in a bottle. Sounds like they are happy.

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    1. I've got a number of citrus, brought back from holidays abroad, but the Meyer is special (and tastiest!) because it was a present from my father. Thanks for your tip, Donna, I shall dose with chelated iron.

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  4. I love lemon curd and that looks wonderful.. I will definitely try your recipe.

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    1. It is a nice activity for a miserable day - sunshine in a jar!

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  5. Your lemon curd looks delicious. I don’t have any citrus trees but my friends give me different species of citrus like Citrus depressa, Lime, or Sudachi. They are primary flavor in dishes.

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    1. Hello Stardust, I don't know the species that you mention but I'm sure that a variety of citrus would all make excellent curd.

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