Monday, July 25, 2011

Lemon jam

This is something I’ve been wanting and promising to post for ages now, but just haven’t done at all. While organising my massive folder of pictures I realised I still had pictures of the lemon jam I made in a ‘Not Posted’ file. After I looked into it I found that I indeed hadn’t posted anything about lemon jam yet, even though I mentioned it several times. Shame on me! So finally here I go! One of the most delicious jams in the world that is especially nice to use on desserts, buns and cakes, but even brightens up your daily bread at lunch. I managed to put some in real cute little jars and put ribbons around them. Like this, it’s actually perfect to give away for mothers’ day or some other event.

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Ingredients:
3 lemons
200 grams granulated sugar
115 grams butter
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks


1. Wash the lemons and grate the peel. Squeeze out the lemon juice and add the peel and juice into a pan.
2. Dubbleboil the peel and juice with the sugar and butter. Stir until the butter has melted and the sugar is dissolved.
3. Put the eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl and mix them together. Add them to the lemon-mixture and beat everything until you have an even mixture.
4. Keep stirring until the mixture turns thicker. Then turn off the fire, poor the jam into jars and seal them.

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The jam is nice and sweet, very fresh and has a bit of a lemon taste too it. It doesn’t taste that much like lemon that you start making odd faces after tasting it. I figured it was also really nice to serve over apple slices. The jam is supposed to last about 3 months and I'd definitely keep it in the fridge. I'd also definitely make it again. Perhaps for the dessert table I'm planning to make.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Lemonade, sweets & chocolate!

I think I was randomly browsing some recipes again when I found this one. I’ve never actually had real lemonade myself. I mean, I’ve had the syrup to which you add water and such, in quite a lot of different tastes as well, but never actually had the lemon lemonade you see in movies. It was totally worth a try. I sent my dad out to buy me 6 lemons, which I hoped was enough. It was exactly enough! At least enough according to the recipe. I added less water (around 2 cups!) because I thought it was completely destroying the lemon taste and didn’t want to end up with water with a hint of lemon. But because I did I ended up with something way too sweet. Although I thought it was good, I could add a little less sugar next time.

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Ingredients:
6 lemons
1 1/2 cup sugar
6 cups water
Ice cubes


1. Put 1,5 cup of water and the sugar in a pan and put it on medium heat. Stir until the sugar has dissolved then set aside and eave to cool.
2. Squeeze out the lemon juice and leave the pulp.
3. Put the lemon juice, sugar-water and the rest of the water in a big bowl and stir. Add the ice cubes and serve!

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Note: I found out that for 1 lemon, 3-5 spoons of sugar and 1-2 cups of water will do.

You could always add some mint too. Or limes. Perhaps oranges would work?
The day I decide to make this me and my mom also decided to go to town, where I had to show her a few cute shops. In one of them (obviously filled with sweets) we bought two kinds of soft Italian nougat (strawberry and lemon), fudge (tiramisu and lemon flavour) and lavender chocolate. The latter I bought because obviously you need to try something like that and the package was so cute.

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Look!

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It reminds me of tobacco packages, which somehow just makes this chocolate extra cute and special (even though I am very much against smoking). I served all of this, with the lemonade at the jacuzzi we recently got, in the garden, in the sun, and we all just relaxed and enjoyed the sweets. It was great!

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