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Ho Ho Holiday Gifting | Lemon Butter

December 19, 2012

Though it all seems so far away, my heart aches for the children, families, and teachers affected by the Newtown school tragedy this past week. At a time when the world seems incomprehensible, I do what makes sense to me. I bake and I share. Thinking of you all and holding you close to my heart.

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a RecipeFriends, Christmas is less than one week away! Are you freaking out yet?

I’m tottttttttally freaking. Suffice it to say that I just started my shopping yesterday. Yes, started. However, after a seven hour suicide mission marathon at the mall I am well on my way to the finish line. I credit that miraculous fact to two things. One, the two meals and large caffeinated beverage that helped me to power through those seven hours and my heavy reliance on homemade gifting this year (which thankfully, I got an early start on).

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

Homemade gifts are wonderful to give and receive. What could be more special than receiving a gift that is the product of the blood, sweat, and tears hard efforts of someone you love? I certainly can’t think of a single thing.

The good news is – there are many homemade gifts out there that are really simple and take little time or creativity to prepare. Take edible gifts, for example! Quick, easy, and delicious!

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

Don’t believe me? Allow me to demonstrate. With lemon butter! Lemon butter is my family’s take on what most people refer to as lemon curd. It’s creamy, it’s tangy, it’s sweet, and it’s incredible. Four ingredients, less than 30 minutes, and you’ve got yourself a delicious and versatile treat!

Eggs are cracked. We need six. Two cups of sugar are added. Three lemons are zested and juiced. It’s all whisked together with a quick flick of the wrist. Ok, maybe a few flicks of the wrist. Then we cook it all gently in a double boiler on the stove until it thickens up. One cup of butter is stirred in at the end. Boom shaka laka. Lemon butter!

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

Pour it into little jars. Tie them up all pretty with some raffia. This recipe will produce four cups of lemon butter – enough to fill 8 of these cute little 4-ounce jars. That’s eight gifts people! Get into it!

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

In case I haven’t convinced you already, let me tell you about a few ways you can enjoy this lemon butter.

1. Fill mini prepared tart shells for a quick and delicious dessert.

2. Spread it onto toast. Muffins! Scones!

3. Stir a spoonful into plain Greek yogurt. Seriously good.

4. Eat it by the spoonful. (Trust me, you’ll want to.)

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

Lemon Butter

Makes about 4 cups. 

6 whole eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

Juice + zest of 3 lemons

1 cup butter, cut into small cubes

In a double boiler, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and lemon juice + zest. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring often (this takes about 10-15 minutes). Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, stir in the butter until melted and incorporated. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes before pouring into jars. Seal tightly and refrigerate. Consume within a few weeks.

Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Recipe

Come back in a few days and I’ll show you another use for lemon butter. Hint: It starts with a C and ends in ookie.

Oh! And one more thing! Once Upon a Recipe has been undergoing a little facelift behind-the-scenes for the past while. I can’t wait to share it all with you in the new year!

25 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2012 7:58 am

    These look amazing! may have to try some of this myself!

  2. December 19, 2012 8:41 am

    Hi Amanda! These little jars filled with lemon butter are so adorable. And the lemon butter… wow, that is indeed easy to make! Beautiful blog, btw 🙂

  3. Auntie C permalink
    December 19, 2012 8:55 am

    Nana’s favorite! Good job P!

    • December 19, 2012 9:42 pm

      Indeed it was. I’ve been thinking about Nana a lot over the past couple of weeks! Oh how she loved this time of year. 🙂

  4. December 19, 2012 9:50 am

    Great host/hostess gift idea! Thanks!

  5. December 19, 2012 10:45 am

    What a wonderful idea for a gift – sounds great!

  6. December 19, 2012 1:13 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had lemon butter but I know I’d like to try it.

  7. December 19, 2012 1:40 pm

    great gift idea! I love lemon butter. Thanks for sharing!

  8. December 20, 2012 5:30 am

    Oh my goodness I love lemon curd. Such cute pictures too 🙂

  9. December 20, 2012 9:45 am

    Homemade gifts are the best! Lemon butter sounds so good!

  10. moderngirlnutrition permalink
    December 21, 2012 5:47 pm

    Yum! These are too cute:)

  11. December 21, 2012 7:21 pm

    Love this… so so so much!

  12. December 21, 2012 8:12 pm

    Oh this has been on my to do list forever! Maybe I’ll attempt it over the holiday… I hope you have a great holiday, Amanda- thanks so much for reading CC! xx

  13. December 21, 2012 9:19 pm

    I made this tonight but I think I should have let the butter thicken more – it’s pretty runny 😦 Tastes delicious, though!

  14. December 23, 2012 11:40 am

    Thank you for this wonderful gift idea! I just made a batch and loved it. This will definitely become part of my holiday repertoire.

  15. December 30, 2012 12:36 am

    That’s a great idea and so simple indeed. Love to get inspired like that, thank you! 🙂

  16. January 2, 2013 10:28 pm

    I have a few different batches of lemon butter/curd in my fridge right now and I definitely take the “by the spoonful” approach to eating it. So yummy!


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