Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

If It's January . . . It's Lemon Curd Time!

 I've had a Meyer Lemon Tree for a long time
Since before we had the breakfast room

It loves its summer outside
And tolerates its winter inside

The heady smell of lemon blossoms
help chase away the winter blahs
For it always blooms when it's inside

Some years we get more harvest than others . . .

This year --

There were three -- and one was itty bitty]

So I supplemented my harvest
with a bag of grocery store Meyers

Zested and juiced, added sugar and eggs and butter
And slowly cooked it until it thickened

Then I ladled it into jars

This year I got four jars -- one big one and three smaller ones.
I don't can the curd, preferring to keep it in the fridge
And it does keep until it's all gone.

A spoonful is great on breakfast berries
or on blueberry muffins or toast or biscuits

And, of course, you can use it to fill tarts.

The harvest at Linderhof is sporadic.
Some years are good, others not so


 2013 was a bumper year!     Nine!


2012 not so much.    The only actual Meyer Lemon that my tree produced is the
large one on the right hand side.     It's big my Meyer Lemon standards!


2011 only had two.    Average size.    Alas in 2011, there were no Meyer Lemons to be had in the market, so I did a part Meyer Lemon and a part regular lemon curd that year!


2008 was a number year as well.   The largest harvest ever -- ten!

It is always fun to see how many lemons we'll get.   It seems a sparse year is often followed by a good crop year.     We'll see what 2014 will bring.

This afternoon, I think, I shall make some scones for tea.
Scones and lemon curd.    There are few tea times better than that!

And since making lemon curd is a rite of January, I'm joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.


Pondside said...

I think a fresh scone with a dollop of home made lemon curd is a wonderful antidote to a grey winter day.

The Tablescaper said...

I just purchased a bag of Meyer lemons. So far they've only made it into a glass of water but delicious.

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Dianne said...

You just inspired me! I bought a bag of Meyer Lemons at Walmart today and wasn't sure what I was going to do with them until you came to the rescue! I know what I will be doing tomorrow. Dianne said...

oh goodness, homemade lemon curd from Meyer lemons! I am drooling!

Rosemary said...

Beautiful crop of Meyer lemons! And lemon curd is the perfect thing to make with them! I've never canned the curd I make, but a friend shared with me that it freezes well!

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

Homemade lemon curd with scones...that sounds scrumptious! Wish I had a lemon tree like yours! Hopefully this year's harvest will turn out bountiful:)Happy Sunday! Hugs, Poppy

Madonna/aka/Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon said...

I saw your post at The Tablescape and since I posted about lemon curd I thought I would come visit. I am glad to see you do have lemons. Lovely.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Love lemon curd! When I was growing up, my aunt Cora made lemon curd and put it between the layers of white cake that she made for my birthday. Then she slathered more lemon curd on top, and covered the whole thing with an old-fashioned boiled white frosting. It was fabulous! I've never tasted anything quite like it. A birthday cake to remember. xoxox

Lulu said...

Hmmm, I love lemon curd, especially with gingerbread. I was surprised to find it much easier to make than I thought it would be.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Oh yum! I LOVE anything lemony! A little bit of lemon curd and clotted cream on a scone is really delicious, too.

Bonnie said...

Your lemon curd is sounding so good. I made some several years ago but from bought lemons. I know yours is much better. I would love to have my own lemon tree.

Michelle said...

My sister in law always has a Meyer Lemon tree in her home. When they moved back to Germany, from Chicago, she gave that one to me, but I wasn't able to keep it alive =( Do you do anything special in regards to fertilizer? I kept it in a sunny southern window and kept it watered...I wouldn't mind trying another one.