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

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Lemons from Lemon Ladies Orchard



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.

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My Lemon Sweet Buns with Lemon-Sugar Coating are delicious!

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

  1. Denise S.
    April 10, 2011 / 2:50 pm

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

  2. Denise S.
    April 10, 2011 / 2:51 pm

    I follow you on twitter: @lazybones344

  3. Amber
    April 10, 2011 / 3:13 pm

    I follow your blog with google friend connect and I learned that Lemon Ladies Orchard was founded in 2004!Thank you for the giveaway :)hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Amber
    April 10, 2011 / 3:14 pm

    I follow you on Twitter- I'm @AmberGooThank you for the giveaway :)hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  5. Amber
    April 10, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    I subscribe to your blog with google reader!Thank you for the giveaway :)hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Amber
    April 10, 2011 / 3:16 pm

    I like Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebooks – my FB name is Amanda MooreThank you for the giveaway :)hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

  7. ~dab
    April 10, 2011 / 10:33 pm

    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.

  8. MOMFOREVERANDEVER
    April 10, 2011 / 11:08 pm

    We picklemons on Sunday and ship Priority Mailon Monday. Fresh from my orchard toyour kitchen!

  9. BethElderton
    April 11, 2011 / 1:48 am

    I'm a gfc friendbethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  10. BethElderton
    April 11, 2011 / 1:50 am

    I learned a lot, but what I bookmarked was the recipe for Meyer Lemon Lace Cookiesbethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  11. BethElderton
    April 11, 2011 / 1:51 am

    I follow you on twitter as mbm218bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  12. BethElderton
    April 11, 2011 / 1:52 am

    I'm an email subscriberbethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  13. Romapr
    April 11, 2011 / 3:47 am

    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!romapup at gmail dot com

  14. Romapr
    April 11, 2011 / 3:48 am

    Added @Nuts4Stuff on Twitter @romapr09 romapup at gmail dot com

  15. learn oil painting
    April 11, 2011 / 3:49 am

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

  16. Romapr
    April 11, 2011 / 3:51 am

    Liked the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebookromapup at gmail dot com

  17. Romapr
    April 11, 2011 / 3:52 am

    Current subscriber to the Nuts 4 Stuff blog by emailromapup at gmail dot com

  18. outsiderein
    April 11, 2011 / 8:11 am

    I learned they are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange. Interesting!cu.at.x@hotmail.com

  19. outsiderein
    April 11, 2011 / 8:12 am

    I follow you on Twitter @giacobonecu.at.x@hotmail.com

  20. donnag
    April 11, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    I follow you and enjoy your posts.

  21. donnag
    April 11, 2011 / 12:56 pm

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

  22. suburban prep
    April 11, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    I am a followermsgb245 at gmail dot com

  23. suburban prep
    April 11, 2011 / 2:06 pm

    Organic fertilizer is used in the growing process.

  24. calvad
    April 11, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    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

  25. puye
    April 11, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    I follow via GFC(Pu Ye)agnesye@hotmail.com

  26. puye
    April 11, 2011 / 8:43 pm

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

  27. caroltennis
    April 11, 2011 / 11:14 pm

    I follow publicly via GFC as carol muthI learned lemons are picked on Sunday and priority shipped on Monday for freshnesscarolmuth2002 at yahoo dot com

  28. Lexiquin
    April 12, 2011 / 6:28 am

    Natalie V follows GFCI learned that "Ladybugs are alsowelcome in our orchard!"Thanks for the giveaway.

  29. Lexiquin
    April 12, 2011 / 6:30 am

    Natalie J Vandenberghe likes the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebook

  30. Lexiquin
    April 12, 2011 / 6:32 am

    email subscriber

  31. clc408
    April 12, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    Following on gfc (clc408I learned that there is a link on their site showing 100 things to do with Meyer Lemons.

  32. clc408
    April 12, 2011 / 2:15 pm

    Like Lemon Ladies on fb (Cynthia Conley)

  33. Julia Q.
    April 12, 2011 / 6:55 pm

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

  34. Julia Q.
    April 12, 2011 / 6:56 pm

    I subscribe to your blog by email!juliaandginger at gmail dot com

  35. Dominique S
    April 15, 2011 / 12:24 am

    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 Scouponcookie at gmail dot com

  36. Dominique S
    April 15, 2011 / 12:25 am

    I follow you on Twitter: @layleescouponcookie at gmail dot com

  37. Dominique S
    April 15, 2011 / 12:26 am

    I like Lemon Ladies Orchard on FB: Nikki Mariecouponcookie at gmail dot com

  38. Dominique S
    April 15, 2011 / 12:27 am

    I subscribe via email.couponcookie at gmail dot com

  39. Dominique S
    April 15, 2011 / 12:28 am

    I subscribe via Google Reader.couponcookie at gmail dot com

  40. outsiderein
    April 15, 2011 / 8:32 am

    Blogged this #2http://gablovesgiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/04/meyer-lemons.html

  41. outsiderein
    April 15, 2011 / 8:32 am

    Blogged this #3http://gablovesgiveaways.blogspot.com/2011/04/meyer-lemons.html

  42. outsiderein
    April 17, 2011 / 6:39 am

    giveaway site post #1http://www.sweepstakestoday.com/cs/forums/p/17298/135509.aspx#135509

  43. outsiderein
    April 17, 2011 / 6:40 am

    giveaway site post #2http://www.sweepstakestoday.com/cs/forums/p/17298/135509.aspx#135509

  44. Melissa
    April 19, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    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

  45. Melissa
    April 19, 2011 / 6:11 pm

    I also subscribe to your email list. melk103103 at gmail dot com

  46. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:19 am

    Follow on GFCjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  47. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:20 am

    She has written a childrens bookjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  48. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:20 am

    follow you on twitter as @jenhedgerjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  49. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:21 am

    tweetedhttp://twitter.com/jenhedger/status/60588740892041216jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  50. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:22 am

    Subscribe to Nuts 4 Stuff in a readerjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  51. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:23 am

    Like the Lemon Ladies Orchard on Facebookjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  52. hedgerhousehold
    April 20, 2011 / 6:23 am

    Subscribe to the Nuts 4 Stuff blog by emailjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  53. Multi-talented Mama
    April 20, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    GFC follower. I learned that the lemons date back 3000 years!dawntaka at gmail dot com

  54. rj7777
    April 22, 2011 / 2:17 am

    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

  55. Carolsue
    April 22, 2011 / 7:37 am

    I am a public follower of yours on Google Friends Connect (Carolsue)digicat {AT} sbcglobal {DOT} net

  56. Carolsue
    April 22, 2011 / 7:37 am

    They were featured on Daytime TVDigicat {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  57. Carolsue
    April 22, 2011 / 7:39 am

    I subscribe to your e-mails/updates through e-mailDigicat {at} sbcglobal.net

  58. cennywenny
    April 22, 2011 / 4:19 pm

    I learned the Lemon Ladies grow their fruit with organic fertilizer. (GFC Follower)kiwidragon117 at yahoo dot com

  59. Chisum Crew
    April 22, 2011 / 8:22 pm

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

  60. Chisum Crew
    April 22, 2011 / 8:23 pm

    The lemons are a cross betweena mandarin orange and lemonand date back 3000 years. trinitygsd at yahoo od tcom

  61. saturdaynightfever
    April 23, 2011 / 12:12 am

    I would like to try the recipe for Meyer Lemon Lace Cookies!edgenemmers@gmail.com

  62. djolsen
    April 23, 2011 / 12:34 am

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

  63. JudyZ
    April 23, 2011 / 2:11 am

    I'm currently a GFC follower as JudyZ

  64. JudyZ
    April 23, 2011 / 2:13 am

    the lemons are lovingly raised with organic citrus fertilizer

  65. Atreau
    April 23, 2011 / 6:40 am

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

  66. Gianna
    April 23, 2011 / 7:54 am

    I'm a GFC follower.For the past three years we havepicked the blossoms and smallfruit so that the ladies could setdown roots and grow strong astrees."

  67. Gianna
    April 23, 2011 / 7:54 am

    I'm an email subscriber.

  68. susansmoaks
    April 23, 2011 / 9:03 am

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

  69. Miss Nessa
    April 23, 2011 / 9:08 am

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

  70. EmmaPeel
    April 23, 2011 / 12:08 pm

    i am a follower on gfc and I learned that Eucalyptus Magazine had a story about Lemon Ladiesemmaspeel(at)gmail.com

  71. EmmaPeel
    April 23, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    I Subscribed by email. emmaspeel(at)gmail.com

  72. dddiva
    April 23, 2011 / 1:40 pm

    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. discriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

  73. dddiva
    April 23, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    twitter dddivadiscriminating_diva at yahoo dot com

  74. kathy pease
    April 23, 2011 / 2:12 pm

    google friend klp1965kathypease(at)gmail(dot)comThese lemons are a cross betweena mandarin orange and lemonand date back 3000 years. Theywere discovered in 1908 in Chinaby Frank Meyers.

  75. kathy pease
    April 23, 2011 / 2:14 pm

    follow you on twitter klp1965kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

  76. kathy pease
    April 23, 2011 / 2:18 pm

    rss google feed subscriberkathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

  77. Deborah Wellenstein
    April 23, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    I follow you via GFC as dwellenstein.dwellenstein at cox dot net

  78. Deborah Wellenstein
    April 23, 2011 / 3:28 pm

    I learned that in the 2007/08 season, over 6000 pounds of fruit was produced.dwellenstein at cox dot net

  79. Deborah Wellenstein
    April 23, 2011 / 3:30 pm

    I am an email subscriber.dwellenstein at cox dot net

  80. Deborah Wellenstein
    April 23, 2011 / 3:31 pm

    I subscribe via Google Reader.dwellenstein at cox dot net

  81. Diane52
    April 23, 2011 / 9:36 pm

    i follow via google and learned that the Lemon ladies published their first book.Diane Baumesldiane@gmail.com

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