7 Surprising Recipes With Meyer Lemons You Need to Try in 2020
Here are seven delicious Meyer lemon recipes to try in 2020. These recipes that use Meyer lemons are a great reason to grow your own Meyer lemons at home.
Spring is in full swing and summer is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate warmer temperatures than with Meyer lemons? Lemons are fresh, light, and perfect for spring.
Meyer lemons from Meyer lemon trees are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, so they are sweeter than regular lemons as they have more sugar and less acid. The rind is also edible and they have a ton of juice. Even better, you can substitute Meyer lemons in any recipe that calls for lemons or lemon juice.
If you want to enjoy the sweet lemony taste of this citrus, here are seven recipes with Meyer lemons you can try.
1. Candied Lemon Peel
Meyer lemons are the perfect citrus fruit for candied peels (you can also try this with thornless key limes, oranges, or grapefruits). Candied peels can be covered with chocolate, sugar, or chopped up and used in baking or candy making.
2. Lemon Bars
Thick, shortbread crust lemon bars are the best hand-held spring dessert out there. They are perfect for a bake sale, picnic, or Sunday brunch. The best lemon bars use a combination of the zest and juice from Meyer lemons and regular lemons as well as a combination of granulated sugar and powdered sugar.
3. Lemon Loaf
If you love Starbucks lemon loaf, why not try to make one at home? You can make a copycat Starbucks lemon loaf with just nine ingredients (the secret to moist lemon loaf is sour cream) and a simple glaze made of powdered sugar and lemon juice.
Enjoy this with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or as an afternoon snack! It's light and perfect for spring weather.
4. Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Another fun breakfast option is lemon poppyseed muffins. Lemon poppyseed muffins are a quick and easy treat (so easy you can even whip them up in the morning and enjoy them shortly later). Like the lemon loaf, sour cream makes these muffins moist and cakey, but you can substitute Greek yogurt to make them a little healthier.
5. Lemon Drop Martini
Meyer lemons aren't just for baking! Why not mix up a lemon drop martini for your next happy hour, girl's night, or spring or summer picnic? You only need three ingredients for a refreshing lemon drop martini: ultrafine sugar, fresh lemon juice, and vodka (splurge on the good stuff!).
Make sure your martini is ice cold and don't skip the sugared rim!
6. Blackberry Lemonade
If you want to go the non-alcoholic route, use your Meyer lemons in your lemonade. If you want to get really fancy, make a homemade blackberry puree for your drink. Making this is incredibly easy, but you'll impress your family and guests who will think you spend a ton of time on it!
7. Lemon Butter
Chances are, you have everything on hand to make this sweet and zesty lemon butter: butter, Meyer lemon zest, Meyer lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Let your butter get to room temperature, mix everything together, and then enjoy the lemon butter on scones or homemade biscuits.
Recipes With Meyer Lemons to Try This Weekend
Why not give one of these recipes with Meyer lemons a try this weekend? Enjoy Meyer lemon baked goods for breakfast and then kick up your heels with a lemon drop martini for afternoon happy hour!
If you love the idea of having fresh citrus fruit on hand all the time, why not plant your own citrus trees for indoors or outdoors in your yard? Instead of buying lemons, limes, and oranges at the grocery store, you can just walk outside and pick them off of your own tree.