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The first time I bought Meyer Lemons was by mistake. I noticed these cute little handle-bags filled with lemons. I picked one up to make lemon water for Charlotte’s sore throat. Once home, I noticed they were different. Not quite as yellow as regular lemons, the skin on these were much thinner and had a slightly orange tint to them. I sliced one open. The flesh looked oh, so juicy. Upon tasting it, I realized how much sweeter it was than a regular lemon. I looked on the bag and only then did I notice the words Meyer Lemons.
This darling citrus fruit is apparently a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, and grows profusely in California. I could just imagine having a Meyer Lemon tree in my backyard if I was only so lucky to live in California. They are lower in acidity, sweeter and more floral in taste, making them just perfect for lemon desserts and even cocktails. I once made a delicious Lemon Drop Martini with this little sweetie. Once difficult to find here in Montreal, they are now more common in grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Unlike the regular lemon though, this little baby has a shorter shelf-life and is seasonal. They can be found from December or January through May, early June if you’re in luck.
I whipped up these gorgeous little Meyer Lemon Soufflés, courtesy of Martha Stewart. Oh, they were the yummiest! And a first for me with soufflés.
Meyer Lemon Soufflés
- 8 large lemons, preferably Meyer
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Trim the tip ends, or bottoms, from the lemons so that the fruit sits level. I suggest you keep these little tip ends, and you’ll see why in a minute. Cut the stem ends, or tops, about a quarter of the way down, maybe a little less, making cuts parallel with the bottom.
Hold a lemon above a sieve set over a bowl, and scoop out the pulp. Repeat with the remaining lemons. If you’re not careful, you might scrape a hole in the bottom, as I did. Not to worry though. That’s why I suggested you hold on to those little tips. Now you can just add the tips on the bottom so the soufflé batter doesn’t ooze out.
Squeeze the juice from the pulp, and reserve. Repeat with all lemons. Place shells on prepared baking sheet.
Combine egg yolks, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup of reserved lemon juice, and flour in the heat-proof bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat mixture on medium speed until pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water. Whisk constantly until very thick, about 8 minutes. Remove bowl from heat and return to mixer. Beat on medium speed until cool, scraping down sides several times, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
Combine egg whites and remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in clean mixer bowl. Place the bowl over the pan of simmering water and stir until sugar has dissolved and mixture is warm to the touch. Remove bowl from heat and return to mixer. Beat on low speed until frothy. Gradually increase the speed until meringue is shiny and holds soft peaks, 2 to 3 minutes, being careful not to over beat. Whisk 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk mixture. Gently fold int the remaining meringue. Carefully fill the prepared lemon shells to just below the rims, or to the very top of the rims as I did!
Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until meringue is slightly golden and rises about 1 inch above the shell, about 14 minutes. Remove from oven and transfer to serving plates. Dust with confectioner’s sugar if desired. Serve immediately.
Ooh Lidia! These are beautiful!!
Oh, thanks Shivani! I’m rather proud of my little soufflés seeing is it was my very first time.
Anne ~ Uni Homemaker said:
Don’t you just love Meyer lemon? I buy them whenever possible instead of regular lemons. These look delicious!
Thanks Anne! I too prefer to purchase Meyer Lemons rather than the regular ones when I can.
My local daughter has a Meyer lemon in her backyard. I’ve book marked this for future reference. Super looking soufflés!
They look super and taste supercilious! Lucky daughter!!
We cannot get Meyer lemons in France, but these soufflés are simply the prettiest, mouth-watering little things! Gorgeous. And most certainly delicious.
Thanks Darya! I’m sure they would be just as beautiful and quite yummy with regular lemons as well.
These are fantastic! I’m so glad you accidentally bought these and found Martha’s recipe. I am going to make these. So cute. The recipe looks pretty easy so I think I can do it. 🙂
From what I’ve seen you dish up on your blog, I know you can do it!
I have never had a Meyer lemon but yes, my friend in California has them growing in his backyard and every year he makes a plea to his Facebook friends to come get his overwhelming amount of Meyer lemons! How nice would that be? These don’t look hardly big enough to share…I think I would eat all 8 of them myself!!
Did I say I shared? 🙂 It would be fantastic to have an overwhelming amount of Meyer Lemons straight out of my backyard! Or a friend who was looking to give them away.
Oh my goodness! These look perfect!
Why thank you Tasty Treats!
OHHHH moi aussi,moi aussi, I want to make them too !They look just too cute and yummy. I guess I’ll have to run to the store to get me those lemons before the end of June. Thanks for the great tip Lidia.
Thanks B. Your best bet would be the Atwater Market. Let me know if you’re successful.
Those look so cool! As a Californian girl, regular lemons never quite cut the mustard.
Yes, I know what you mean now that I’ve tasted the difference!
Never having prepared a soufflé, I’m what one would consider soufflée-phoblic. I’m afraid of what I may find when I open the oven door. You not only made soufflées, Lidia, you did it in emptied lemon peels. How creative! Great idea, too, using the trim to stop any possible holes in the bottom. I bet your dinner guests are very impressed when you bring these to the table — and well they should be.
Oh John, I too was afraid seeing as this was my very first time making a soufflé, or rather, little soufflés. My guests were impressed and after having tasted mine, I wished I had no guests!!
now at home mom said:
oh! never heard of these! 🙂 they look pretty and delicious! 🙂 I really love how it rises, so pretty Lidia and even more pretty with the confectioner’s sugar! 🙂 I would love to try these (scared to eat them all before serving them!) next time I will do the groceries; let’s see if I’m lucky enough to find any of these Meyer lemons! 🙂
btw, I love your pictures! 🙂
Hope you are having a great start of the week! 🙂
Thanks Ingrid for your kind words! Next winter, do look for these and give them a try. I’m having on o.k. week and hope you’re having a better one!!
now at home mom said:
sorry to hear you are having a OK week Lidia! I hope it’s getting better now that it’s Thursday and it’s almost the weekend!
You are very sweet Ingrid! It got better and my weekend was good. Thank you!!
Fae's Twist & Tango said:
So beautiful, and I’m sure very delicious!
Welcome back Fae!! And thank you!
little poppits said:
ah Lidia, how I have missed your posts (since I dropped off the blogging radar, again!) just one look and I am in heaven! as you may have guessed I love my food way too much but this looks so amazing! hmmmmmmm. xxx
Oh Teresa! Where have you been?? I’ve missed you too! Glad to hear from you…
little poppits said:
we had a lovely holiday, and I was banned from blogging!! I will post more about it soon. xxxxx
These look so cute! Nice story on how you found Meyer lemons. A friend of mine made something like this in high school, but with regular lemons. Just saved this recipe. I grew up having these lemons from my dad’s tree but never knew the name of them until a few years ago. I just called them dad’s lemons, LOL. I think he still grows them. I visit my parents often and maybe I can make this for them next time I visit. 🙂
I like that, Dad’s Lemons!! Lucky you to have these little yummies at the tip of your fingers!
What a beautiful sounding dessert and such gorgeous presentation!
Oh, thank you so much! They are truly quite delicious… one just isn’t enough for me!
Tea with Erika said:
What an excellent description! Loved the lemon cups – soooo cute!
Thanks Erika! They are cute, aren’t they?
Mama's Gotta Bake said:
These are absolutely adorable! I’m making these for my next gathering!
You really should give these a try. They are fantastic! Make sure you make enough for second helpings!
Wow! These are so beautiful and I’m sure that they are just as delicious!
They are cute, aren’t they? And oh, so delicious!
I just HAVE to give this a try. Beautiful really.
I promise, you will not be disappointed!