Meyer Lemon Curd and Meyer Lemon Frozen Yogurt

This post speaks to the power of twitter. In more ways than one.

A couple of weeks ago, Kim from Rustic Garden Bistro made an offer to send boxes of Meyer lemons- lemons grown in her own garden- to twitter friends. All we had to do to get some was provide her with our home address. I’ve never met Kim in real life and we’ve only barely tweeted with each other, but a couple of days later, these orbs of gorgeousness were delivered by priority mail.

Kim- you are beyond a sweetheart and I can not thank you enough!

Meyer lemon photo

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember that I was a little obsessed with Meyer lemons last winter. Remember this post? Or this one? How ’bout this one?

While I wanted to try something new with my lemons, I also really wanted to make lemon curd. Because when you have chickens, you’re always thinking about ways in which to use your eggs…

eggs from my chickens

..and because there really is nothing like homemade Meyer lemon curd. Nothing.

The recipe I used was slightly adapted from Smith Bites. My method, however, was borrowed from this super easy one at Shockingly Delicious.

meyer lemons picturemeyer lemons for lemon curd

The results? So yellow. So creamy. So delectable.

lemon curdmeyer lemon curd photo

I put 2 cups of the curd into a glass jar in the refrigerator and will be using it between cake layers I am making for my daughter’s birthday this week. I took the other cup and mixed it with 2 cups of Greek yogurt to make lemon frozen yogurt…

lemon frozen yogurt

…the inspiration for which hit me when Cathy tweeted about mixing lemon curd with yogurt for breakfast a few days ago. Told you twitter was powerful.

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meyer lemon frozen yogurt finished

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Simple Lives Thursday, and Seasonal Sunday.

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The lemon curd recipe makes 3-4 cups of curd (I only got 3 cups...I'm pretty sure there would have been more if so much hadn't ended up in my mouth while I was making it); the frozen yogurt recipe makes about 4 1/2 cup servings
Adapted from Smith Bites and Shockingly Delicious.

Ingredients

For the lemon curd:

  • *1/2 cup 1 stick organic unsalted butter
  • *1 1/2 cup organic confectioner's powdered sugar
  • *6 whole eggs plus 6 egg yolks preferably organic and free-range
  • *1 cup fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • *Grated zest of 1-2 lemons I prefer my curd with only 1 tablespoon of zest

For the frozen yogurt:

  • *1 cup homemade Meyer lemon curd
  • *2 cups Greek yogurt I used full-fat
  • *lemon zest for garnish- optional

Instructions

For the lemon curd:

  • 1. In the bowl of electric mixer, cream the butter with the powdered sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes.
  • 2. On low speed, beat in the whole eggs and the egg yolks. Beat on low for 1 minute. Add the lemon juice and beat until mostly combined. Don't worry if it's not smooth (or if it looks curdled).
  • 3. Pour the butter/sugar/eggs/lemon juice into a heavy saucepan and heat over low-medium heat. As you stir with a wooden spoon, you will notice the curd starting to smooth out and thicken. Keeping the heat at low-medium and stirring frequently (do not let it come to a boil), cook for another 5 minutes or so. A thermometer inserted at this point should read 165-170 degrees F.
  • 4. Remove pan from the heat to cool. Stir in the lemon zest. Spoon curd into clean jar(s) and store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

For the frozen yogurt:

  • 1. Combine lemon curd and yogurt in a blender and process until smooth.
  • 2. Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It should have a soft ice cream consistency right out of your ice cream machine. It will harden up a bit if you place it in the freezer for 30 minutes before serving (it hardens up a lot if stored in the freezer overnight).

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  6. That frozen yogurt looks tremendous! I’m looking at the picture and I’m craving it – so refreshing, citrusy, smooth… mmmm ^_^

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  7. I love that idea of taking the lemon curd and making frozen yogurt with it. Twitter is indeed powerful!

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  8. Isn’t the blog world amazing? What a wonderful treat to receive the lemons like that. And you did such a wonderful job using them up! I saw your pic on the top 9 and just wanted to tell you how beautiful it was. The post was a bonus. I’ve never actually made lemon curd before, but you made it sound easy enough. I’m inspired! Nicely done!

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  9. How can I get Kim to like me enough to send me Meyer Lemons? I have only tasted them once, in San Diego about seven years ago from a friend of a friend of a friend’s back yard. They are so sweet and lovely. They don’t sell them in our neck of the woods, too rural, too far from anything interesting.
    Your lemon curd looks simply elegant, I love fresh lemon curd.

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  11. Wow. that looks soooo good. unfortunately my hens are NOT laying. My meyer is giving me plenty of lemons though, so i think i’ll make a half version of this recipe SOON.

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  12. Wow the meyer lemon curd is just gorgeous! What a great idea to make frozen yogurt with greek yogurt!! I’m definitely going to try that out. :)

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  13. My MIL has a big Meyer lemon tree but I didn’t get over there to pick any lemons this year. :( Your curd looks lovely and I especially like the frozen yogurt!

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  14. Beautiful pictures and I’m imagining the smell of the loves in your kitchen. I have a Meyer Lemon tree but it’s young, small and produced only 10 lemons this year. Thank you for sharing – yum!

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  15. I’m so happy to see this post. I used up my last spoonfuls of lemon curd right before Christmas, and I have checked at least 3 different stores recently and can’t find any. I made a cake this weekend with the first ever lemon from my Meyer lemon tree, and now I have several more almost ripe lemons, so I’ll be trying your recipe very soon!

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  16. Isn’t Kim amazing? I love how so many of us are using lemons from the same tree! I still have a few left, and I may have to make a small batch of this lemon curd. I can’t wait to hear about your daughter’s cake…I know it will be stunning! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with me. I hope that tomorrow brings you joy!

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  17. I was so pleased to discover this post because I love Meyer lemons but don’t know of many ways to use them. I cant wait to try this and your other meyer lemon recipes! See, it pays to be obsessed!

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  18. Winnie, I’m in love with this post! Somehow after reading your post and looking at the pictures…I’m dreaming of spring! Lovely recipes with Meyer Lemons! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Lemon curd is so good – with meyer lemons, I’m sure it’s even better! Making the curd with key limes is also amazing. I’ll have to try the frozen yogurt next time I make a batch.

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  20. wow, this looks amazing and beautiful.

    I’m jealous of the fresh eggs.

    I love the power of twitter – it has brought me some amazing things, opportunities and friends.

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  21. So happy to see what you made with these!!!

    And… you have chickens?! Those eggs are gorgeous. Which one’s responsible for the blue egg? I grew up with chickens, but haven’t had any as an adult. It’s one of the many things on our list for this year… or next. Need to figure out how to keep the dog out of the coop, first. :)

    Have a great week!

    [K]

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  22. Love the meyer lemons! Thanks for the new ideas on how to use them. Your photos keep getting better, Winnie! Note to self: Plant a Meyer Lemon tree ASAP!

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  23. This looks amazing! I made a lemon curd dessert at Christmas, but I ended up getting the stomach flu (so I just sent it along and didn’t eat any of it), so I’m thinking that I’m going to have to make it again.

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  24. The frozen yogurt looks delicious! I want some!

    Where on earth can I find Meyer lemons? It seems like everyone has been posting them and I want to get in on the fun. I couldn’t find any at my local grocer.

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  25. I just picked about 70 pounds from my trees this weekend. And that was only about 1/2 of the fruit on my trees!

    I always make lemon curd, but I think I will have to add the frozen yogurt to my list of things to make!

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  26. I wish Kim were my neighbor :) I am now determined to find Meyer lemons here (although I suspect that Whole Foods may be my only option which = $$$ here as everything they sell is automatically 30% higher than the mainland). Both the curd and the frozen yogurt sound out-of-this-world. Your blog is wonderful and your photos are beautiful.

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  27. What a beautiful blog you have! THis recipe grabbed my attention like you wouldn’t believe :)
    I wanted to invite you to participate in an event I host each week titled Seasonal Sundays. This Recipe (and many others that you have- fit really nicely into the theme! )

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  28. Yum! I’ve been wanting to make lemon curd. Our chickens aren’t laying much through the winter though. Your eggs look beautiful.

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  29. What beautiful photos, I love the first one the most. Meyer lemons are like a little sphere of sunshine, they bring such joy to everyone. I have really been wanting to try making lemon curd but have always thought it would take hours and hours, so I’m really liking your recipe version. Thanks for sharing this, can’t wait to try it out:)

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  30. I made lemon curd for the first time not long ago. Since then I promise I will never ever go back to the store bought one! I can only imagine how good it could be with meyer lemons!

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