Sunday, April 10, 2011

Lemon Ladies Orchard Review + My Lemon Sweet Buns & GIVEAWAY!--Ends April 23, 2011

Have you ever heard of the Meyer lemon?  It is an unusual, but pleasantly less bitter variety, a cross between a Mandarin orange and a lemon.  It was discovered in 1908 before it was brought from China to America.  As you might guess, I was excited to review these Meyer lemons sent to me from Karen Morss in Emerald Hills, California.

The Lemon Ladies Orchard is where these wonderful Meyer lemons are grown from among  forty dwarf trees.  Each tree has a name and represents a woman in Karen's life that had inspired the orchardess in some way.

The first thing I did after I cleaned them was to take a taste.  Though not sweet like a Mandarin orange nor bitter sour like lemon, the taste was more in between.  I was tempted to make a Lemon and Sour Cream Pie but decided to make a sweet raised dough with a recipe I usually make when I have oranges with those thick skins.

Karen suggested I use a vegetable peeler instead of a zester and finely chop to get the most flavor.  I followed her advice when I made the sugar-lemon topping for these buns.  However, I prefer zesting to spread out the flavor, instead of being intense in tiny pieces.

You can make this recipe ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until needed. 

Lemon Sweet Buns--Nuts Style!

3/4 cup sugar
5-1/2 to 6-1/2 cups  unsifted flour
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons dry yeast
1 cup hot tap water (about 125 degrees)
3 eggs
lemon-sugar coating ingredients below

Mix thoroughly 1-1/4 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and the undissolved dry yeast.  Add oil. Slowly add the hot tap water.  Beat with your electric mixture for a few minutes until well combined.  Add eggs and another 1/4 cup of flour.  Continue beating and scrape the sides of the bowl. 

Now stir in more flour gradually until it becomes a soft dough.  Knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes until pliable.  Divide dough into 3 equal parts. From each part, you can make 8 balls. 

Roll each ball into the melted margarine, then dip into the lemon-sugar coating on all sides.  You can cluster them in greased 8" round cake pans or any size you want.  I need to use the 15" x 10" x 2" pans due to limitations of still baking in my toaster-oven!

If using stainless steel or glassbake, you can store this in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap and foil overnight, if desired.  Or you can finish letting it rise after you make the sugar-coated dough balls. 

Let the dough balls rise in a warm spot for about 2 hours until doubled before baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.


Lemon-Sugar Coating:

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup grated or zested (use the vegetable peeler and chop into tiny pieces if you want a stronger flavor)
2 tablespoons of melted margarine

Mix together in a bowl and set aside until ready to use to coat.

*Disclaimer:  This is my own honest opinion.  No money was exchanged.  All I received were free products so that I may make an opinion.*

Thanks to the Lemon Ladies Orchard, one lucky Nuts 4 Stuff reader in the United States wins a giftbag of their own Meyer lemons ($25 value)!


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146 comments:

Denise S. said...

These lemons are a cross between
a mandarin orange and lemon
and date back 3000 years.
lazybones344 at gmail dot com

Denise S. said...

I follow you on twitter: @lazybones344

Amber said...

I follow your blog with google friend connect and I learned that Lemon Ladies Orchard was founded in 2004!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I follow you on Twitter- I'm @AmberGoo
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/AmberGoo/status/57099281630380033
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I subscribe to your blog with google reader!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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Amber said...

I like Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebooks - my FB name is Amanda Moore
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debbie said...

I learned they are having their fourth harvest. I am a gfc follower.
debbie
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~dab said...

I learned ome interesting ideas for using Meyer lemons,from an article they had linked on their site (sidebar)

GFC'd and my email is visible in my profile.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

We pick
lemons on Sunday and ship Priority Mail
on Monday. Fresh from my orchard to
your kitchen!

BethElderton said...

I'm a gfc friend
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

BethElderton said...

I learned a lot, but what I bookmarked was the recipe for Meyer Lemon Lace Cookies
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BethElderton said...

I follow you on twitter as mbm218
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BethElderton said...

I'm an email subscriber
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~dab said...

http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/57270846317797376

Romapr said...

I am Google Friends Connect follower publicly and
I learned that the Lemon Ladies also recently published the first book, The Flying Poodles, A Christmas Story. Thanks!

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Romapr said...

Added @Nuts4Stuff on Twitter @romapr09
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learn oil painting said...

I like your blog. I can't wait to try this. Thanks....Daniel

Romapr said...

Tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/romapr09/status/57288697997037569


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Romapr said...

Liked the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook

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Romapr said...

Current subscriber to the Nuts 4 Stuff blog by email

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outsiderein said...

I learned they are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Interesting!

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outsiderein said...

I follow on GFC

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outsiderein said...

I follow you on Twitter @giacobone

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outsiderein said...

I subscribe to your emails

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outsiderein said...

I like lemon ladies on Facebook

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outsiderein said...

I subscribe via google reader

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outsiderein said...

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Romapr said...

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donnag said...

I follow you and enjoy your posts.

donnag said...

I was amazed at 100 things to do with a Meyer lemon.
I will be trying some of these and will print it off.

suburban prep said...

I am a follower
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suburban prep said...

Organic fertilizer is used in the growing process.

calvad said...

I am a GFC follower. I learned that These lemons are a cross between
a mandarin orange and lemon
and date back 3000 years. calvad at aol dot com

puye said...

I follow via GFC(Pu Ye)

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puye said...

I learned that the Lemon Ladies also recently published the first book, The Flying Poodles, A Christmas Story.

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puye said...

I Like the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook

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caroltennis said...

I follow publicly via GFC as carol muth

I learned lemons are picked on Sunday and priority shipped on Monday for freshness

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~dab said...

4-11 http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/57650663089373184

Lexiquin said...

Natalie V follows GFC
I learned that "Ladybugs are also
welcome in our orchard!"
Thanks for the giveaway.

Lexiquin said...

Natalie J Vandenberghe likes the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook

Lexiquin said...

email subscriber

Romapr said...

Daily tweet http://twitter.com/#!/romapr09/status/57747388126855168
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clc408 said...

Following on gfc (clc408
I learned that there is a link on their site showing 100 things to do with Meyer Lemons.

clc408 said...

Like Lemon Ladies on fb (Cynthia Conley)

tatertot374 said...

I learned lemons are picked on Sunday and priority shipped on Monday for freshness
thank you
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Julia Q. said...

Following via GFC and I learned that Karen Morss once owned a flight school geared toward women :).

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Julia Q. said...

I subscribe to your blog by email!

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~dab said...

4-12 http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/58014954317553664

Romapr said...

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outsiderein said...

http://twitter.com/giacobone/status/58318396844027904

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~dab said...

4-13 http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/58372547535843328

Romapr said...

Daily tweet http://twitter.com/#!/romapr09/status/58502759229554688

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Dominique S said...

I learned that Lemon Ladies Orchard is here in California. I didn't realize they were so close to me. Also, I found to be very interesting, that each of the trees is named for a woman who ispired the owner. And each of those women painted a tile for her tree.

GFC: Dominique S
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Dominique S said...

I follow you on Twitter: @laylees

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Dominique S said...

I like Lemon Ladies Orchard on FB: Nikki Marie

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Dominique S said...

I subscribe via email.

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Dominique S said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

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Dominique S said...

Tweeted 4/14:

http://twitter.com/#!/laylees/status/58688185991041026

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~dab said...

http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/58731272524140544

outsiderein said...

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Dominique S said...

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Romapr said...

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~dab said...

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Romapr said...

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Dominique S said...

Tweeted 4/16:

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~dab said...

http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/59462859679215616

outsiderein said...

giveaway site post #1

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outsiderein said...

giveaway site post #2

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Romapr said...

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Dominique S said...

Tweeted 4/17:

http://twitter.com/#!/laylees/status/59819241112748032

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~dab said...

4-17 http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/59827794909208576

outsiderein said...

http://twitter.com/giacobone/status/60158267556499457

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Romapr said...

Daily tweet http://twitter.com/#!/romapr09/status/60165785087246337

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Melissa said...

I follow you on Google friends connect. I learned that they pick the lemons on sunday, and ship on monday.

melk103103 at gmail dot com

Melissa said...

I also subscribe to your email list.

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hedgerhousehold said...

Follow on GFC
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hedgerhousehold said...

She has written a childrens book
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hedgerhousehold said...

follow you on twitter as @jenhedger
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hedgerhousehold said...

tweeted
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hedgerhousehold said...

Subscribe to Nuts 4 Stuff in a reader
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hedgerhousehold said...

Like the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook
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hedgerhousehold said...

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Multi-talented Mama said...

GFC follower. I learned that the lemons date back 3000 years!
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Romapr said...

Daily tweet
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outsiderein said...

http://twitter.com/giacobone/status/60960355479846913

rj7777 said...

GFC follower Rita Spratlen rj_angel_house@yahoo.com

rj7777 said...

I learned that these lemons are sweeter than regular lemons. They also smell like hints of honey and thyme. They sound wonderful! Rita Spratlen rj_angel_house@yahoo.com

rj7777 said...

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rj7777 said...

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Dominique S said...

Tweeted 4/21:

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outsiderein said...

http://twitter.com/giacobone/status/61308192008843265

Carolsue said...

I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)
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Carolsue said...

They were featured on Daytime TV
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Carolsue said...

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cennywenny said...

I learned the Lemon Ladies grow their fruit with organic fertilizer. (GFC Follower)

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Chisum Crew said...

I follow via GFC (happi shopr). trinitygsd at yahoo dto com

Chisum Crew said...

The lemons are a cross between
a mandarin orange and lemon
and date back 3000 years.
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saturdaynightfever said...

I would like to try the recipe for Meyer Lemon Lace Cookies!

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djolsen said...

very Interesting! each tree (or lady) produces 150 pounds per season

JudyZ said...

I'm currently a GFC follower as JudyZ

JudyZ said...

the lemons are lovingly raised with
organic citrus fertilizer

Atreau said...

I learned they have recipes on their site such as the one for Meyer Lemon Lace Cookies
.

outsiderein said...

http://twitter.com/#!/giacobone/status/61692899594743808

purango said...

I follow you on Google Friend Connect. garrettsambo@aol.com

purango said...

I learned they are having their fourth harvest. garrettsambo@aol.com

purango said...

I like the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook. garrettsambo@aol.com

Gianna said...

I'm a GFC follower.
For the past three years we have
picked the blossoms and small
fruit so that the ladies could set
down roots and grow strong as
trees."

Gianna said...

I'm an email subscriber.

susansmoaks said...

i am a follower on gfc susansmoaks and i want to try the meyer lemon lace cookie recipe
susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Miss Nessa said...

They are in California and are on their 4th harvest.

EmmaPeel said...

i am a follower on gfc and I learned that Eucalyptus Magazine had a story about Lemon Ladies

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EmmaPeel said...

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dddiva said...

I follow via GFC and I learned that each tree is named for a woman who inspired Karen and helped her achieve her goals and dreams.
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dddiva said...

twitter dddiva
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kathy pease said...

google friend klp1965
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These lemons are a cross between
a mandarin orange and lemon
and date back 3000 years. They
were discovered in 1908 in China
by Frank Meyers.

kathy pease said...

follow you on twitter klp1965
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kathy pease said...

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I follow you via GFC as dwellenstein.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I learned that in the 2007/08 season, over 6000 pounds of fruit was produced.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I am an email subscriber.

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Deborah Wellenstein said...

I subscribe via Google Reader.

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kakihara said...

following via gfc
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kakihara said...

I love that each tree is named after a wonderful lady.
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kakihara said...

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kakihara said...

following lemon ladies on facebook as Darcy Bishop
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Diane52 said...

i follow via google and learned that the Lemon ladies published their first book.
Diane Baum
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