The little birds...

If you watch little birds you will see they are busy and happy! Using whatever they can find they create the most gorgeous little nest.
I would be the little bird with some glittery thread in her nest!
We can be like this. Happily working away with the things that are available to us to create a beautiful and happy home.
All the while with a little song in our heart.

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Tuesday 17 December 2013

Jars of Sunshine.

A bowl of lemons is a beautiful thing! After free lemons came to us last night all the possibilities came to mind... I love lemons! 

Firstly every morning I will squeeze half a lemon in to a big glass of water and drink it. There is nothing better for your skin or body and it makes me drink my water.

If you have more lemons than you can use before they spoil I would squeeze them and fill ice cube trays with lemon to pop into my drinks or use in salad dressings.

But the best thing is to make Lemon Butter. It is so easy. In the old days it involved a double boiler and constant stirring for ages so it was a bit of a job to make it.  My recipe is so quick and easy. And when we have plenty of eggs it's so cheap to make. Everyone wants a jar!  Home grown eggs or free range eggs will give you a much better result as it will be deep yellow between the eggs, the lemon and the butter which makes it look to me like a jar of country sunshine! 

This is the result! 

So here is the recipe...

10 eggs, 
juice of 8 large or 10 smaller lemons,
250 grams butter,
4 cups white sugar.

In a large microwave proof bowl (I use my big pyrex jug) blend this with a stick blender until perfectly smooth. If you don't have one a mix master or blender will do the same thing.

Then microwave, uncovered,  on high for 3 minutes and stir. Continue microwaving and stirring every three or four minutes making sure you stir it well and keep it smooth. Once it is thick and about to bubble your'e done! It's like you would make microwave custard or white sauce...
Pour it into clean jars. I top with cellophane jam tops and a lid. It will keep a couple of weeks in the fridge.

It is divine. It takes all my effort not to just eat it from the spoon. Good on toast...

Or... now you have the basis of some flash deserts. You could fill parfait glasses with layers of this and cream. Anything in a parfait glass looks fabulous.

You can fill little pavlova rounds, or tart cases or a bigger flan case with this, let it set, top with cream... spectacular. People are impressed!
Or you can do as I did here... buy a $4 sponge and fill it...

I'm thinking round on a cake stand would have been even better but not big enough in this case... I was lucky these are roses from a climbing rose out the back and they match the colour of the lemon butter perfectly! 

Or give it as a gift in a jar, there are people who LOVE this so much.

In the spirit of "use what comes your way" if life gives you lemons you can make Lemon Butter and make some glorious things from there.


  1. I immediately wrote down this recipe! It sounds exactly like something my honey would love!

    NOW! THE FLOWERS! Please tell us about the flowers!!!!!!!!

    Maligayang Pasko,

    1. Kelley... you must mean the yellow roses? By sheer luck/coincidence these are just from my backyard and roses are not poisonous so I use them to decorate cakes. It was pretty good that these were the colour of the lemon butter! xx

  2. Thanks, Annabel!! Love, Teri

  3. Looks very yummy, can this recipe be canned and if so do you know the process? thank you!

    1. Dear Katie,
      Thank you! I don't know if it can be canned....But it does freeze very well. In the fridge it lasts about two weeks. I hope that helps, love Annabel.xx

  4. Would this work with bottled lemon juice? I know it moth not taste as "fresh," but I think it would work.

    1. Yes it would! I have done it. But it must be real lemon juice and it will work out fine. Good luck!

  5. Annabel, I'm in the US and don't understand the grams thing. I was wondering if you could tell me the US measurements.
    How much actual lemon juice do you need, a cup or more? And how much butter by the pound?

    1. Dear Laurie, sorry! 250g is 8.8 ounces. I googles that so I hope it helps. I juice the lemons, at a guess I would say it looks like about 3 tablespoons of juice per lemon so make it 27 or so tablespoons. Next time I make it I will pour the juice into cups and measure it. Good luck, love Annabel,xxx

    2. Ahh .. but I think the US cup is a different measurement to our cup.

    3. The difference in cup size is minuscule so don't worry about that. xx

  6. Annabel, That you very much! I googled it too but maybe I didn't use the right wording to get the answer I wanted. Thank You again! I love lemon anything!

  7. Is there any way to can this in jars? It seems that it should be able to be processed as a jam or jelly in a hot water bath. Just wondering. It would be lovely to give as gifts that way.

    1. Dear Bonnie,
      I think there would be but I don't know how. Here jams etc are not canned. They are poured into sterilised jars and sealed. This keeps for a couple of weeks refrigerated and I give as gifts or freeze as it freezes very well. Im sorry I can't be very much help with this! With love

  8. Good article over again! Thank you;)


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