20 lemon recipes you have to make this year!

20 recipes with lemon you have to make this year

We’ve crunched the numbers of the last 12 months and we can finally reveal that the Food & Home Entertaining readers love lemons just as much as the team does. So, we’ve decided to make everyone’s lives easier by creating this handy little guide to the best lemon recipes on our website!

Fun facts about lemons:

Lemons are available year-round.

Lemons are rich in vitamin C.

Lemons are high in acid which means that lemons are great cleaning aids.

When are lemons in season?

Lemons are generally available all-year-round, but the best time for lemons are during the colder months from May – September.

Below, find the top 20 lemon recipes on F&HE

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Home-made lemonade

Nothing beats a cold glass of home-made lemonade on a hot day. We pimped things up a bit by adding a splash of Pimm’s, orange and pomegranate to the mix.

home-made lemonade

Lemon curd, meringue and lime ice cream sandwiches

Everyone loves a good old-fashioned lemon curd. We’ve taken this classic, added some vanilla ice cream, crunchy meringues and coconut biscuits to create your new favourite dessert for summer.

Lemon curd, meringue and lime ice cream sandwiches

Lemon-poppyseed cake with cream cheese and lemon curd icing

Has it o-curd to you that when life hands you lemons, you can shake and bake it into this delicious lemon-poppyseed cake with cream cheese and lemon curd icing?

Lemon-poppyseed cake with cream cheese and lemon curd icing

Home-made lemon and ginger tonic

This home-made lemon and ginger tonic is the perfect, refreshing drink for a lazy summer’s afternoon. With only a few simple ingredients you are sure to have in your pantry, you can throw this drink together in 10 minutes only. If you are travelling, you can keep the lemonade cool in a thermos flask filled with ice cubes. Add lemon or lime leaves to the lemonade for decoration and you are good to go!

Home-made lemon and ginger tonic

Lemon and garlic labneh topped with salsa verde and baked pita wedges

A rich and creamy yoghurt cheese that can be served as a dip or spread – perfect for sharing or entertaining. It is also great as part of a cheese course.

Lemon and garlic labneh topped with salsa verde and baked pita wedges

Roast chicken with lemon and herbs

This roast chicken is perfect for Sunday lunch when the friends and family come around. Pop it in the over two hours before guests arrive and let the delicious aroma fill the house!

Roast chicken with lemon and herbs

Super-easy lemon cheesecake

Gone are the days of overly fussy cheesecakes! Condensed milk makes this version quick, super-easy and oh, so dainty…

Super-easy lemon cheesecake

Lemon sponge cake

When life hands you lemons… Make this lemon sponge cake.

lemon sponge cake

Berry and lemon curd-filled muffins

The first meal of the day just got a whole lot better!

For the lemon curd, cook the lemon zest and juice, 100g butter and 250g castor sugar in a heavy-duty pot over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the 3 whisked eggs slowly and lower the heat. Continue whisking until the curd has thickened, 5 – 10 minutes. Do not boil. Strain the curd and allow to cool before refrigerating. The curd should sit overnight before use. For the muffins, preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease a standard (12-well) muffin tray. Place all of the ingredients, except the blueberries, in a mixer and beat until soft and fluffy. Fold in the berries and spoon the mixture into the muffin wells. Fill the centres with a spoonful of lemon curd (reserving some as a garnish) and bake until cooked through, 12 – 15 minutes. Remove from oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool. Serve the muffins topped with a little extra lemon curd, fresh blueberries and lemon zest. Berry and lemon curd-filled muffins

Lemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas

A lighter, fresher update of the classic South African potato salad. The sweet potato is creamy and comforting, while being crammed with fibre, as well as vitamins A and C. The mange tout peas and cauliflower lend a satisfying crunch, along with a nourishing boost. Instead of rich and creamy mayo alone, the dressing is yoghurt-based and packed with zingy flavours from the lemon, capers and fresh green herbs. This side dish is the ideal accompaniment to a hot-off-the-coals braaied spatchcock chicken, or make a batch to keep in your fridge and package for energising lunches on the go.

Lemony cauliflower and sweet potato salad with crunchy mange tout peas

The Gourmet Greek lemon tart

A tried and tested recipe from The Gourmet Greek family.

Gourmet Greek lemon tart

Frosted coconut lemonade

This drink is delightfully refreshing – it’s tangy and sweet, while the coconut milk adds a fun twist to the classic lemonade flavours.

Cucumber lemonade lollies

Your new favourite treat for summer!

Cucumber lemonade lollies recipe

Honey and lemon semifreddo

A good semifreddo recipe will go a long way! Make this as dessert when you have a group of friends coming over.

Honey and lemon semifreddo

Shredded lemony chicken with artichoke hearts

Try this low carb shredded lemony chicken with artichoke hearts for a quick and easy summer lunch or dinner!

shredded lemony chicken with artichoke hearts

Crispy roasted crushed baby potatoes with lemon-pesto dressing

Crispy roasted crushed baby potatoes with lemon-pesto dressing is an incredibly tasty side dish made with simple ingredients and very little effort. If you want to pair these with a delicious main, try rack of lamb roasted on a bed of fennel and figs.

Crispy roasted crushed baby potatoes with lemon-pesto dressing recipe

Lemony mussels steamed in white wine and cream

Who knew that such an elegant seafood dish could be so quick and easy? Lemony mussels steamed in white wine and cream won’t take longer than 30 minutes, and these flavours are simply to die for.

Lemony mussels steamed in white wine and cream recipe

Spring pea cake with lemony cream cheese icing and pea shoots

The greenest flavours of spring belong to peas, and just because they’re a vegetable doesn’t mean they should be excluded from baking! Spring pea cake with lemony cream cheese icing and pea shoots is the most delicious way to celebrate the return of sunshine and flowers. Light, fluffy, and full of delicate flavours, it should definitely be enjoyed outside.

Spring pea cake with lemony cream cheese icing and pea shoots recipe

Frozen lemon custard with brûléed meringue

Cool, creamy and intensely lemony, this frozen custard encased in fluffy meringue is a lovely end to any summer meal. Try this frozen lemon custard with brûléed meringue next time you need to cool down a little.

Frozen lemon custard with brûléed meringue recipe

Lemon and coconut bars

When life gives you lemons… Use them to add their distinctive zing to dishes. These lemon and coconut bars are a real refreshing treat!

Lemon and coconut bars recipe

 

It’s not what happens to you, but how you handle it. If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If the lemons are rotten, take out the seeds and plant them in order to grow new lemons.

Louise Hay

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