Welcome to another day of Meyer Lemon Madness. Today brings you a recipe to make your own flavoured sugar. It’s s simple recipe to make your own Meyer Lemon Sugar. You can use regular lemons in the recipe if Meyers are not in season, or available in your area. Any recipe using Meyer Lemons you can swap in regular lemons if you need to. Meyers are just a touch sweeter.
I love Meyer Lemons. It’s like an obsession when they are in season. I just cannot get enough of them. I thought I was down to my last ten the other day when hubs called to say he had found the motherload on his way back from out of town. Apparently the store had boatloads of them. So I calmly told him I wanted 10 batches. Gotta love a man who doesn’t bat an eyelash when asked to buy 40 lemons. He didn’t even give me a hard time about it, or ask what the heck I was going to do with 40 lemons. That’s lemon love people.
I’ve been contemplating getting myself a juicer to help tackle the mountain of lemons on my kitchen table. I may price some out today at Walmart and Costco. I’d love a Blendtec one day. But today will not be that day. I’ll try to find a cheap one for the time being. Make sure I get enough use out of my juice before I shell out the big bucks for my dream one.
Speaking of dreams, it’s funny when you have a mountain of meyer lemons in your kitchen how they start to invade your dreams. I’m not sure this is normal. I swear I’m dreaming up recipes in my sleep at this point. One night I dreamed I couldn’t juice them all because I broke both my arms. Yah, totally normal right? Then I dreamed they were multiplying and trying to get in my bedroom at night. Again, totally normal right? Last night I dreamed they were chasing me and I rode off on my horse. Then she turned a yellowy orange colour. Normal right?
Yup, clearly I need to invest in a juicer as the thought of hand squeezing 75/80 lemons is causing me stress. Oh, did I mention before hubs found the meyers I had a panic attack I wouldn’t find any more so I bought a case of normal lemons? Yup, clearly the lemons have gotten to my brain. There’s no sensible reason for anyone to have close to 100 lemons. Yet I still feel this need to hunt down more meyers before they are all gone.
If you know a good shrink please send him my way.
If he owns a meyer lemon tree all the better.
- 2 cups sugar
- Zest of 3 Meyer Lemons (you can use more or less depending on your taste)
- Preheat oven to 150 degrees F, you want it low as you're just drying the zest, not cooking it.
- Zest your lemons. You can use more or less zest depending how lemony you want your sugar.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread your zest over the parchment as evenly as possibly.
- Pop the meyer lemon zest in the oven, and cook for about 8 to 12 minutes. You want it to feel dry but not be starting to brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.
- Pour the zest and the sugar into your food processor and pulse it to help mix it up really well.
- If you don't have a food processor you can just mix it up by hand. I find pouring it into a jar half way full and shaking it works really well.
- You can use the sugar for any baking where you want a bit of a lemon zing.
- Store in an airtight container.
Inspired by Paula Deen's Vanilla Sugar (from her magazine, no online link that I can find to her recipe for vanilla sugar)
If you have never tried Vanilla Sugar you need to make some immediately. It’s a touch more versatile than the Meyer Lemon Sugar. Both are excellent staples to have in your pantry.
Other great resources for Lemon Sugar on the web:
More Meyer Lemon Recipes from yours truly:
Meyer Lemon Parfaits (pictured above)
Make sure you stop by the Aerosmith Potatoes post to enter the giveaway for lots of Meyer Lemon goodness.
Meyer Lemon Bars
Meyer Lemon Pasta
My life would be so much easier with a juicer. I’m not looking forward to juicing the rest of these lemons without one. I may have to run out and invest in one as soon as possible. I’m sure you all have small appliances you covet as well. What ones are you just chomping at the bit to try?
Toodles and smoochies! xx