Grandma’s Lemon Butter

by possandruby

Lemon Butter has appeared on the breakfast table for our family since I can remember and it is an all time favourite of mine.  The smooth sweet buttery texture with the zesty zing of home grown lemons brings back many memories and makes my mouth water at the thought of an ample helping spread across a thick slice of toasted bread.

As I grew older my grandma (Nan) showed me how to make Lemon Butter. We would make the recipe together with her guiding me through the steps with me always acting as head chef. I must admit there were a few disasters – really runny batches due to impatience and not enough cooking or jars of delicious spread with a few lumps generously served in each one which had been heated too quickly and not stirred consistently. Now, as a grown up, I believe I have mastered this simple yet delicious family recipe.

This recipe actually belongs to my great grandma and it has made it’s way through the generations to me via my mum and nan.  I hope this recipe finds it’s way into your family favourites and makes some sweet memories at your breakfast table.


2 lemons, juiced 

2 eggs

2 dessertspoons butter

1 generous cup white sugar

Place all ingredients in a double saucepan and stir over a low heat until mixture thickens. (A double boiler is a saucepan or bowl set over another saucepan containing a small amount of water that is brought to the boil. Note that the bowl or saucepan on top should never touch the water in the bottom pan.)

While still hot strain into jar to remove and any small lumps. Keep lemon butter in the refrigerator for up to two weeks  – undoubtedly it will be eaten long before then!

Makes 1 medium jar.

Ideas for use:

  • Spread on thick hot toasted bread
  • Swirled through cheesecake mixture
  • Heated slightly and poured on ice cream
  • Mixed through whipped cream and served on desserts especially good on pavlova
  • Spread between layers of sponge cake with cream
  • Fill cupcakes from the top or base for a gooey zesty filling

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lemon butter
lemon butter jar

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