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Lemon Butter - Lemon Spread

This is a micro-wave version and is simply lovely. 

I received an email this morning from my brother Peter.  It said in part "...Theresa was wondering if she could have your recipe for lemon butter. She likes it that much, she's bought more lemons.....".  Well in that case I'd better include the recipe on this website.

My brother Peter is quite good at cooking.  When we were all young and living at home he used to make jaffles for everyone for lunch.  Jaffles are like toasted sandwiches except the edges of the sandwiches are stuck together by the time cooking is finished.   They are perfectly yummy.  Peter used to surprise us with the contents of the jaffles.  We would often bite into them and find something blue or green.  It would turn out to be an blue or green omelette he had cooked.  He would simply add food colouring drops to the egg mixture before he cooked the omelettes.  Now that is unusual.  He is quite good at cooking gateaux too.  He even melts chocolate into a thin layer, cuts it up and attaches it to the tops and sides of the gateaux.  They are spectacular to look at and taste fabulous too.

Barbara from Queensland has just told me that for some reason her Mum used to put custard powder in lemon butter when she made it.  So, Barbara added one teaspoonful of custard powder and she reckoned it was "Yummo".


Lemnon butter


90 gm (3 ounces) butter.  Don't attempt to use margarine
1 and 1/4 cups of caster sugar
3 eggs
Juice and finely grated rind of 3 lemons


Melt butter in a large heat-proof bowl in the microwave.

Beat together the sugar, eggs, lemon rind and juice. Stir this into the melted butter.

Cook on high for about 3 and 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.  Stir quite briskly as it thickens.

Pour into warmed jars, seal and refrigerate.  This makes about 2 cups of lemon butter.  It keeps well in the fridge for 2 - 3 weeks.


I usually cook twice this amount as it gets eaten fast, especially if you are like me and you eat it straight from the jar with a teaspoon.  If you double the recipe it takes about 7 minutes to cook.  The lemon butter will thicken further as it cools down.

Food Facts:

Lemons originated in China.  The Chinese emperors used to like lemonade.  1 medium lemon has 18 calories.  Lemons contain phosphorous, potassium, calcium, beta carotene and fibre.  The pectin in lemons has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels.  With a spoonful of honey added a hot lemon drink is soothing to those who have colds and sore throats.

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