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Lemon honey

October 11, 2012 | Filed under Extras

Lemon honey

Lemon honey (also called lemon cheese or lemon curd) is a delicious sweet spread that is a tangy alternative to jam on bread, toast or muffins.

The number of lemons you need to get one cup of juice depends on how fresh the lemons are and how juicy they are.

If the lemons have been on the tree for a while they may have developed a thick layer of pith (the white stuff just inside the skin) and be less juicy.  You will probably need 6 – 10 lemons to get your cupful of juice.

You really need a double boiler to make lemon honey. A double boiler is a saucepan set where one saucepan sites on top of another; you put boiling water in the bottom and your ingredients in the top.  The idea is that the mixture won’t boil and so it won’t curdle.

If you don’t have a double boiler you can improvise with a metal bowl that fits into the top of a saucepan


1 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons lemon rind
125 gms butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs beaten


  1. Grate the lemons to get the lemon rind, making sure you only use the yellow part not the white pith which is bitter
    Squeeze the lemons to get one cup of lemon juice
  2. Melt the butter in the top part of the double boiler
  3. Add the sugar and lemon juice and stir till the sugar is dissolved
  4. Add the beaten eggs and lemon rind and cook stirring all the time until the mixture thickens
  5. Pour into hot sterilised jars

Makes 4 x 250 ml jars

Note: When the mixture has thickened it may still seem a bit too runny for a spread.  However don’t forget that it will thicken some more when it cools.  It can take 5-8 minutes to thicken so you will need to be a bit patient.  The end result is well worth it.

If you have access to a lemon tree and have lots of lemons, you can put lemon honey into attractive jars, make a pretty label and give it away as gifts to friends and family.


7 Responses to “Lemon honey”

  1. graham havill on August 25th, 2015 4:19 pm

    whenever i make lemon honey it is always too runny. how can i make it thicker. thanks

  2. Judy on August 28th, 2015 12:17 pm

    Hi Graham
    Firstly I suggest you reheat the lemon honey then let it cool a lttle and check how thick it is. If still too runny then you can thicken by adding an extra egg or adding 1 tablespoon of cornflour to the lemon joice before you start. Alternatively you can use a little less lemon juice.

  3. Rosalyn on November 25th, 2017 9:30 pm

    You can make lemon honey just fine in a microwave, no need for double-boilders, my recipe has a couple more ingredients in it than this one, you can adjust the level of thickness by how long you cook it for, turns out perfect every time.

  4. admin on November 26th, 2017 11:18 am

    Hi Rosalyn. This is great, thanks so much. I’d love to have your recipe to add to the site.

  5. Rosalyn on November 28th, 2017 1:11 pm

    Recipe and photo sent :o)

  6. Pauline Claydon on July 19th, 2018 2:03 pm

    If Lemon Honey tastes too tart, what can we add to balance the taste. Is more sugar needed?

  7. admin on July 19th, 2018 6:19 pm

    Hi Pauline
    The tartness in lemon honey is affected by the type of lemons being used. Some varieties are more tart or bitter than others. There are two ways to balance the tartness of lemon honey. Certainly you can add more sugar but you can also reduce the amount of lemon juice. I would start with adding a bit more sugar, say 1/4 cup for a start. Leave it too cool, taste, then boil up again with another 1/4 cup sugar. Repeat until you get a product that suits your taste.

    Remember though that lemon honey is supposed to be tart. if you want a sweet version I guess you could use oranges. I haven’t tried that so can’t advise you based on my experience.

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