Meyer lemon three ways

It’s citrus season and this year is delivering like no other. I’m adding blood oranges to salads and cocktails and am basically consuming my weight in Meyers. Lucky for me my best friend has a total overachiever of a tree she’s kept me in good supply for the past month. I never turn down an offer for fresh produce, in case you need to unload some.


First I made lemon curd, which lead to a batch of classic lemon cookies with a tangy lemon glaze, which naturally led to a pitcher of lemon and spearmint-infused water. It was pretty sinful, really. And this is all to say I’m launching a new regular feature. One ingredient, activity or theme done three ways. You had a taste of my 3 Ways series last week with cupcake icing over at Camille Styles. Now, it’s Meyer lemon time.


Here are the recipes. Now go shake a tree and let me know what lemon-flavored dish you create.


Lemon Curd
Adapted from RealSimple via Apollinas stunning citrus cake


Ingredients
4 large eggs
1 cups sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces


In a heatproof bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and salt. Add the butter. Set the bowl over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture has thickened (like the consistency of mayonnaise), 15 to 20 minutes. This will take a while and your arms will get tired. Be forewarned.


Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl.  Place a piece of parchment or wax paper directly on the surface of the lemon curd and refrigerate until completely cool, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.



Old-fashioned lemon sugar cookies
Via Luscious Lemon Desserts

Ingredients
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
1/3 cup finely grated lemon zest
1 large egg
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 

Preheat over to 400 degrees, butter 2 cookie sheets.

Stir together 2/3 cup of the sugar and 1 teaspoon of the lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt into a medium bowl.

Beat the butter, the remaining cup of sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, and lemon zest with a mixer on medium-high in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until well blended. Reduce the speed to low, add the flour mixture and lemon juice and beat until just blended.

Form balls with tablespoonfuls of dough,  roll them in the lemon/sugar mixture until coated and then flatter each ball with the bottom of a small glass until about 2 inches round and 3/8 inch thick. Sprinkle each one with a pinch of lemon/sugar mixture.

Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Let cook and then coat with lemon glaze.

Lemon Glaze
Via Luscious Lemon Desserts

1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
Pinch of salt

Stir ingredients together in a small bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes before using. Dip each cookie in glaze, twist with the wrist and you lift the cookie out of the bowl so any drips fall back onto the cookie. Set aside to dry.

Lemon and Mint-Infused Water

Thinly slice three to four Meyer lemons, place in a pitcher of water with equal parts mint. Chill for two hours. Option, squeeze the juice of one additional lemon just before serving.



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  • Danielle (elleinadspir)

    4 ways…the lemon tart!!!! I am dying for those cookies right now. They sound perfect.

  • katie//salt+pine

    So jealous of your fresh Meyer lemons (I have a feeling I know who your supplier might be. :) )! It is cold, gray and windy here today…I'm now dreaming of lemon trees and yummy lemon desserts…

  • cecilia

    lemon curd!? this looks delightful.

  • brianne

    I love that bright blue cord around the jar. So simple and springy!

  • Torrie

    you know i love this post. last year, i made your meyer lemon pudding, and am now dying to try those COOKIES!!

  • Brandi {not your average ordinary}

    Oh, how I miss the glorious scent of lemon trees! I've never actually loved the taste of lemons, but I'd so be willing to give these recipes a try. Especially since they come from you!