Mmmmm…. lemon butter… I could eat it by the spoonful… sometimes do! It’s the thing I hunt down at markets, forever in search of the perfect homemade lemon butter.
Well I had myself a bit of a lemon butter off recently and I finally made some (even though my classic old New Zealand cookbook ‘Edmonds’ calls it lemon honey). I also had a recipe for lemon custard, it’s been stuck to the fridge for months, teasing me. Then I was gifted some lemons from my gorgeous daughter. And you know what they say about life giving you lemons? Yes I’ve seen the pinterest boards saying ‘get yourself some tequilla and slam that sh*t down’… but tequilla and I aren’t fond of each other… (bad memories!) … So when life gave me lemons, I decided lemon butter and lemon custard was the answer. And a day of whisking began.
I whisked till my arm was burning. I kept remembering stories of curdled lemon butter when it all goes wrong. I was determined mine wouldn’t curdle. And it didn’t, all the whisking paid off. I tested both of these glorious lemony buttery delights extensively… I take my research seriously you know! And I came to conclusion that they are both bloody delicious!
But which one would I choose to make again you ask? Neither. I would take a little from each recipe and tweak up my own version. What a surprise hey?! You see I loved the addition of the zest in the lemon honey, but I loved the custardy texture of the lemon custard. The lemon honey was very sweet, the custard a bit tart… so I’d go somewhere in between for the sugar.
The one on the left is the lemon honey, complete with lovely zingy bits of zest. The one of the right is the lemon custard. Funnily enough, looks a lot more like custard. Both equally moreish!
Now I found the recipe for the lemon custard online, so long ago and I really can’t remember where I found it. I’ve searched far and wide to where I thought it may have been and can’t find it. So I’m reproducing it here but please know it is not my recipe. If it is your recipe or you know the creator of it, please do let me know so I can share some link love.
Now for the sherbet. My sherbet wrist warmers are done and I can’t wait to pop them on the next gloomy grey cold day, and feel all bright and happy and sherbet-ey.
This is my new project. It’s my Popping Candy Blanket, because the colours remind me of popping candy. Some of the sherbet colours mixed in with some of the many random odds and ends of colours that I keep promising myself I’ll use up. I find it tricky to use up end bits of yarn because I’m pretty pedantic about what colours I like to play together. But I’m loving the bright colourful mix of this one as it honestly feels really happy, and I feel happy crocheting it.
What about you? Are you making anything that makes you happy? Like eating lemon butter by the spoonful? Life giving you lemons?
Wishing you juicy lemons, sherbet smiles and happy candy coloured days.
4 thoughts on “lemon butter, sherbet and candy”
mmmm-mmm! I love lemon butter. It never stays in my fridge for long. We’re getting excited about our Meyer lemon tree already showing signs of a fruitful year. And you’ve got an Edmond’s! Me too. Best basics book ever. It’s a bit of a ritual here, Mums give them to their girls when they fly the nest. Everything you need to know and nothing you don’t. Ha. 🙂 Thanks for inducing some smiles, Dove!
Oooh Meyer lemons are the best – they would make ace lemon butter… or lemon honey… or lemon custard! Yes my hubby is a kiwi and his sis gave us the classic Edmonds book as gift… he’s been wanting me to make the lemon honey for years… only took me bout 10 🙂 … I love that tradition that mum’s give them as part of the kids fly the nest ritual – so sweet! Sure to rise y’know! Thanks for popping in lovely Rach! x
I love lemon butter so much! It’s such a handy thing to have in the cupboard too – instantly jazzes other things up for a quick dessert or afternoon tea. Yum!
Is such a yummy little jar of sunshine isn’t Heike?! I find it jazzes up a teaspoon perfectly 😁 … Thanks for stopping by x