Meyer Lemon Pots de Créme

February 1, 2018

Meyer Lemon Pots de Créme on Faring Well #Vegan

The bright and shining gift of winter: citrus fruits. Almost every backyard here in southern California has some kind of citrus tree. Usually this time of year Scott and I will pass by a box or two of surplus fruit sitting on the sidewalk of a house with an extra plentiful tree. Being someone who squeezes either lemon or lime juice over everything, I get really excited for the extra juicy varieties this time of year. You’ll also find me loading up my smoothies with as many satsuma tangerines I can pack in the blender. It almost makes me not miss watermelon ;) almost. The one citrus that gets kicked to the curb by me each year is the Meyer lemon. I never know what to do with it! So when Anya’s newest cookbook came in the mail (Simply Vibrant) and had a recipe for Meyer Lemon Pots de Créme, I knew exactly which recipe to make first.

Anya’s new cookbook is exactly as described, simply vibrant. She makes you feel confident that no matter what amount of fruits and veggies you have on hand, you can make a beautiful and satisfying meal. She encourages cooking with the seasons, and then shows you how. Each recipe is beautifully photographed by her daughter Masha, with pops of color from the produce highlighted in different parts of the seasons. I’m particularly drawn to try her ‘summer superfood porridge’ come peach season, and possibly the ‘creamy steel cut oats with rainbow chard and pine nuts’ this next week! Her recipes are organized by meal type, and include sections such as ‘morning porridges and pancakes’, and ‘wraps and rolls’. Every recipes makes you salivate, and my mind is constantly expanded when I read through the recipes and absorb her creativity.

This recipe I’m choosing to share with you today is a little burst of sunshine after a winter meal. Light, creamy, custard-y, and tart. She uses a blend of agar-agar flakes (seaweed derived) and arrowroot powder to thicken the lemon cream perfectly. A little bit of turmeric adds color, and a welcomed nutritional boost to an already healthy treat. These little pots are naturally sweetened too, using maple syrup and a touch of vanilla.  They come together super quick, and are the perfect thing to have prepped ahead of time for a week of desserts or a special get together this season. Don’t have access to Meyer lemons? Regular lemons would work great too. Possibly tangerines? Just spit-balling here.

Now to sweeten the deal, a giveaway! I’m extra grateful and excited to get to share a copy of Simply Vibrant with one of you. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below letting me know your favorite way to brighten winter meals this season. The contest will run through next Wednesday, February 7th, and is open worldwide. And for those of you wishing to pick up a copy, it’s available for pre-order here and will be released next Tuesday (the 6th) – yay!

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This recipe is being republished from the cookbook, Simply Vibrant, with permission of Anya. See more of her beautiful work on her blog, Golubka Kitchen

Makes 6 servings.

3 cups plain almond milk, preferably homemade
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup
small pinch of sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 1/2 tablespoons agar-agar flakes
1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (see note)
4 teaspoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
zest of 2 Meyer lemons, divided

Combine the almond milk, maple syrup, salt, turmeric, and agar-agar flakes in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking frequently, then lower the heat to a slow simmer and cook, partially covered, for 5 minutes, whisking periodically, or until the agar-agar flakes have completely dissolved.

Meanwhile, combine the lemon juice and arrowroot powder in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the saucepan with the simmering milk. Whisk to incorporate and simmer for about 1 minute, until the mixture thickens slightly.

Pour the mixture into a heat-safe blender and add the vanilla extract, if using. Blend until the mixture is smooth and airy, about 20 seconds. Taste and add more maple syrup, if needed. Add half of the lemon zest and pulse a few times to incorporate.

Distribute the mixture among individual serving cups or bowls and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely set; serve cold. They will keep well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

NOTE: Although I love lemon with all my heart, the original recipe calling for 1 cup was too tart for my taste buds, and found that reducing the lemon juice to 1/2 cup and supplementing the remainder with an additional 1/2 cup of almond milk to work wonderfully. So maybe add the lemon juice in smaller additions when blending, and taste as you go, to reach the right level of ‘pucker’ that suits you too! Also, to avoid using plastic, I poured the entire batch of créme into a large jar and spooned servings into cups once chilled.

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  • Reply Talia Kenan February 1, 2018 at 2:25 am

    My favorite way to add some sunshine citrus into my winter meals is with pomelos! They are unique and fresh and I just love em! :)

  • Reply La Petite Poire February 1, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Oh my absolute favorite since I was a child…..the gorgeous Myer lemon 🍋 Thank you for sharing, looks divine !

  • Reply Jayne February 1, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Winter means clementines. I get so excited when the crates start showing up at the stores. When I was young we would have contests to see who could peel them the fastest while keeping the skin in one piece. It’s a little habit I still do to this day! I think I’m going to try this recipe. I always order Myer lemon things when I see them on menus because I love the taste, but I rarely use them myself for some reason. And thanks for introducing me to a blog/cook that I somehow missed along the way!

  • Reply Jess | Nourished by Nutrition February 1, 2018 at 4:12 am

    YES!!! “pucker” :) in the winter pomegranates have my heart! I love adding them to savory salads or bowls for that unexpected burst of sweet. Bonus points if there is a lemon and pomegranate combo in one dish. I can already tell Simply Vibrant speaks to me! I can’t wait to check it out.

  • Reply Lori February 1, 2018 at 4:37 am

    I can’t believe you mentioned satsumas! They are new to me this winter. I love them. Other brighteners are pots of tea and hot chocolate for the kiddos, cozy and bright! Thanks for give away.

  • Reply Kate February 1, 2018 at 6:08 am

    I love that citrus is in season during the winter, and I try to incorporate clementines, lemons, oranges, blood oranges into all of my baking. That sunny pop reminds me that spring is on its way!

  • Reply Lauren Shaber February 1, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Oooh I have all of the ingredients so J might make this today, subbing coconut milk for almond. I’ve been trying to brighten up dishes using fresh herbs. Last week, I actually went and got a few from my local nursery and started an indoor herb garden. It’s so nice having them — literally — steps away from the kitchen. Not only do I feel like I’m helping the environment (no plastic waste, less trash since we can’t compost, etc.), adding a little parsley, chives, or thyme really does take a soup or stir fry up a notch. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Lauren Limbird February 1, 2018 at 7:47 am

    Raw fennel, pomegranates and loads of citrus brighten the gray days of winter!

  • Reply Meriah February 1, 2018 at 8:47 am

    We like to eat lots of colorful salads to brighten up our winters, however a citrus dessert sounds pretty good right now!

  • Reply Cassy February 1, 2018 at 9:00 am

    Anything with citrus is a sure way to brighten up winter, but I sure love Myer lemons the most!

  • Reply Chelci February 1, 2018 at 9:30 am

    SO beautiful! We love to brighten up our winter meals with citrus as well. My hubby loves to make risotto with winter roots and he squeezes fresh lemon over the top. The best! 🍋💛🌞

  • Reply marie February 1, 2018 at 9:45 am

    for me winter calls for clementines ! This was my favorite thing from christmas night to the end of feb when I was living in France. I have to say that now in california winter doesn’t bring the same feeling (do they really exist ???) !
    Anyway would love to have this cookbook on hand ! it seems wonderful.

  • Reply Violet February 1, 2018 at 9:48 am

    I’ve been trying to add brightness with fermented foods, any pickles, krauts, or vinegary veggies to add a nice splash of acidity!

  • Reply Starla February 1, 2018 at 9:57 am

    Ahh, those look and sound delicious! I can’t wait to get my hands on the book, such a beautiful cover! Lately I have really been loving blood oranges. They are so delicious and the color of the fruit is of course perfection alone!

  • Reply Valeria Graves February 1, 2018 at 10:01 am

    That looks so good! I’ve been using citrus or vinegars to brighten our foods this winter!

  • Reply Natasha February 1, 2018 at 10:03 am

    Love this! 1 cup of lemon juice sounds perfectly fine for my taste :-p
    My favorite way of brighten my meals is topping them with loads of fresh herbs (mostly just parsley) and squeeze of lemon juice. Also, I love topping my baked goods with fresh tangerines! Yum!

  • Reply Allison February 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

    I love adding lemon juice and zest to pasta dishes, or using some homemade pesto from the summer saved in the freezer. :)

  • Reply Hollie February 1, 2018 at 10:20 am

    These look so delicious! 🍋😍 My favourite way to brighten up winter meals is totally incorporating rainbow chard, edible flowers and citrus. Colour is so necessary when the outside is lacking it, as are beautiful plants, and the citrus fruits taste like summer!

  • Reply Genevieve M February 1, 2018 at 10:49 am

    My favorite way to brighten up winter meals is to use lots of fresh herbs and sprinkle finished soups and stews with a sprinkle of lemon or lime juice.

  • Reply Ashley February 1, 2018 at 11:14 am

    My favorite way to brighten winter dishes is to add olives like kalamata and green. Not only do I really love olives but they add a zing to any dish and they are “in Season” year round!

  • Reply Mary February 1, 2018 at 11:51 am

    I love to brighten winter meals with an extra lemony tahini dressing! It’s comforting and sunny at the same time :)

  • Reply Jo February 1, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Oh yum! This looks fantastic. I brighten up winter meals by using loads of colour – I’m so drawn right now to anything fresh, bright, and full of rich colour. That means a lot of curries, which I am not complaining about!

  • Reply maia February 1, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I go for lots of crunch to keep winter meals feeling bright! Purple cabbage, raw carrots, radishes… always topped with toasted sesame seeds. Would love a copy of this book :)

  • Reply jacquie February 1, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    i do love lemon based desserts :)

  • Reply Sydonie February 1, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    My favourite way to brighten winter season is to add LOTS of colours to my meal! A go-to are beets, ANY squash, sweet potato, zucchini. Then roast and cozy up under the covers. Also? Creamy-nut sauces on EVERYTTTTHING.

  • Reply Kim Hall February 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Ooh those looks so good! My fav way to brighten up my meals in dreary KY are pomegranates! I’ve been loving them for breakfast, lunch, and snacks :)

  • Reply Carol February 1, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    My antidote to winter is citrus, so this is perfect. Lemon anything is right up my alley. I would be over the moon to win a copy of Simply Vibrant!

  • Reply Adina Applebaum February 1, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    OOH, that cover! This may be (definitely is) cheating, but turmeric brightens up many of my meals in the winter – sometimes just seeing its happy shade is all I need to get excited about a meal. Not to mention turmeric milk tea!

  • Reply Karlie February 1, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    ah this looks amazing! my favorite way is with fresh herbs growing in my windowsill! xox

  • Reply Aliza February 1, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Those look great :) I brighten up winter meals with a squeeze of lemon and some fresh herbs. I find lemon warming and the fresh herbs give a burst of flavour. Such simple things that really add to a meal! Would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks!

    • Reply Faring Well February 8, 2018 at 9:00 pm

      YAY Aliza, congratulations on winning the contest! Emailing you now for your info :)

  • Reply Jackie February 1, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite way to brighten meals lately is with heat! Fresh chiles, dired chiles, hot sauce, etc.

  • Reply Natalie February 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Like many others, my wife and I love to pick fresh herbs from our local farmers market to garnish all of our curries, soups and stews with! Another fav in our house is whipping up a quick dressing with apple cider vinegar or lime to top roasted veg or leafy salads. This book looks stunning :)

  • Reply Cristina February 1, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    My favorite way to brighten winter meals is by using lots of fresh herbs that I grow at home, and lots and lots of citrus; lemons, limes, and grapefruit are my favorite!

  • Reply Anna February 1, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve been passionately into adding toasted coconut to savory things this season — I make Alison Roman’s coconut gremolata (cilantro, toasted coconut, Aleppo, lemon zest) like 3 times a week for grain bowls, soups, etc! between that and quick pickles with zataar, I’m all about the toppings. *obsessed* Also love Golubka Kitchen and can’t wait for this book!

  • Reply Cherie Hudson February 1, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    This recipe! 😍 Thank you for sharing Jessie! I like to add citrus to all of our winter dishes. Drops of lemon juice, bits of lime zest, squeeze of oranges. All of these brighten up our meals. 🍋🍊

  • Reply Heidi C. February 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Citrus sure does brighten meals! We use a lot of lemon and lime juice on salads and to just brighten sauces.

  • Reply Rebecca February 1, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Oooh, I’ve had my eye on this cookbook every since Anya announced it! I’ve been adding lots of very vibrant green sauces to meals lately, which has really added a little spark!

  • Reply Hannah February 1, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I am a vinegar fanatic! Sometimes I’m too lazy to wash and cut some citrus, which is, ahem…often. However, usually I’ll add a quick splash of ACV or rice wine vinegar, or if I’m feeling adventurous, my new bottle of ~ume plum vinegar~.
    Acid really can make or break a dish (and it makes my tastebuds sooo happy)!

  • Reply Allegra February 1, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    I love to include colorful roasted veggies, pomegranates, and grapefruits in my winter meals to keep things vibrant! I also like lighting candles and using nice linens and dishes to warm the whole table up.

  • Reply Annette February 1, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Oh yum that dessert looks delicious! I like to brighten my winter meals by using colorful, roasted veggies. I make a large pan and the leftovers are even better than when they first come out of the oven.

  • Reply Sarah Clinton February 2, 2018 at 4:24 am

    To me, winter means citrus fruits. For the past few years I’ve made grapefruit marmalade and lemon curd to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends, and always make sure to have a few jars on hand at home. A spoonful of lemon curd in a bowl of yogurt, or a smear of grapefruit marmalade with goat’s cheese on a cracker make Michigan winters bearable.

  • Reply Leah February 2, 2018 at 5:43 am

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them! Lemon, lime and orange are my favorite ways to brighten my winter foods. Hooray for citrus!

  • Reply Charlene February 2, 2018 at 7:45 am

    Definitely citrus! These look so yummy. Will def have to try with different citrus fruits.

  • Reply Abby February 2, 2018 at 8:49 am

    This book seems incredible! I love squeezing lemon over winter meals for that pop of brightness!

  • Reply Katie February 2, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I love adding lemon to all the things! Its one of the best cooking tips I’ve ever learned.
    These look delicious!

  • Reply Debi February 2, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! 🍋 🍋🍋
    I love stews in the winter and I’ve been brightening mine up with a bit homemade kimchi given me by a Korean friend.
    Adds some spiciness and some great-gut goodness.

  • Reply Sonia February 2, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    This post is perfect! I just bought a bag of Meyer lemons this week because they looked so beautiful …even though I already had a bag of regular lemons in the fridge. They really are my favorite thing to use right now… from salads, to veggies to my nightly tea. I am eagerly awaiting Anya’s book too!

  • Reply Ines February 2, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    This recipe looks amazing and as always you take beautiful photographs :) My favorite way to add brightness to dishes in winter is with capers or olives! It may seem weird, but I love the saltiness and bite they give. On another note, I love Cara Cara oranges this time of year! Their color is amazing (it’s like a cross between a blood orange and regular navel orange), but they can be hard to find! Thank you for sharing <3

  • Reply Sandy February 3, 2018 at 1:28 am

    What a great cookbook this seems to be! This Lemon crème really speaks to my lemon-lover heart.
    My way of brightening up the winter months is really unoriginal: I treat myself to freshly squeezed orange juice whenever I feel a little down. I keep organic oranges in my fridge because I like my juice super cold. If the oranges are on the sweeter side, I add a tarter red orange or a lemon in the mix. 4 oranges make a decent quantity and it really hits the spot!

  • Reply Carly February 3, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I’m new to your blog and am already in love with all your photos and recipes! I like to keep things colorful in winter by using fresh citrus fruits. These Meyer lemon cups look wonderful, excited to try them!

  • Reply Marta February 3, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I love using a squeeze of citrus fruits, especially blood oranges, all throughout the winter, over everything! Especially on steamed veggies along with evo oil and salt. And lemon all year long! In fact, I just made a lemon cake!!

  • Reply Kathleen February 3, 2018 at 11:26 am

    In winter I use my homemade herb salt with douglas fir needles. I love the fresh forest aroma and citrus flavor. It’s like a forest walk in a jar.

  • Reply Gillian Ewing February 3, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Hi Jessie! This is such a beautiful photo. It reminds me of a Wayne Thiebaud painting! I can’t wait to try this with some of my parents’ Meyer lemons. They grow some at their house in Sausalito and they are some of the best lemons I’ve ever tasted. For winter meals, I love to brighten up my meals with vibrant, colorful food like citrus (e.g. blood oranges, kumquats, kishu mandarins) and radishes (such as daikon or watermelon radishes). I’ve also been shaving fresh horseradish as an extra kick on top of salads and proteins. So good!

  • Reply Elizabeth Brown February 3, 2018 at 11:58 am

    I’ve been loving brightening my winter meals with fresh arugula! I love the pop of color and fresh bite it gives to bowls, pastas, pizzas, or soups!

  • Reply Bri February 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I love lemony desserts so I can’t wait to try these! We’ve been adding lime and ginger to our meals to help get us through these last few winter weeks.

  • Reply Lily February 3, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I love to brighten my winter meals with fresh herbs! It’s so easy to use them through the summer but remembering to use them through the winte adds so much flavor to my winter meals . I also can’t go wrong with citrus to make my meals fresh!

  • Reply Annabelle Beydoun February 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    For me, I gotta say sweet limes, so special to eat during winter here in Mexico.

  • Reply Donna February 3, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Love eating pink grapefruit this time of year and Meyer lemons are my fave too.

  • Reply Rena February 3, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    My favourite way to brighten winter meals is with sprouted lentils or chickpeas. They’re the freshest things I can get my hands on during the season and brighten up any meal.

  • Reply Courtney February 3, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    A bright, zingy dressing for roasted veg, a salad or on a sandwich! Usually tahini based with lots of citrus, a little maple syrup and a bit of hot sauce or cayenne for a bit of a kick :)

  • Reply Sus // February 3, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    For me, to brighten my way through winter is has to be Pomelo or Ruby grapefruit – they keep me sane in these darker, colder, longer months!

    These pots look SO DARN good!

  • Reply Julia February 3, 2018 at 9:47 pm

    Hey Jessie, the creme looks mouthwatering! I like to have a tangy side dish with my meals like pickled beets and I think this really freshens up those winter meals. Also sprouts are great for that! XO Julia

  • Reply Katia February 3, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Hello Jessy, I brighten this wintery days with everything orange – pumpkin, squash, persimmon, sweet pepper. Never thought color would be so important in cooking :)

  • Reply Maud February 4, 2018 at 12:59 am

    My favorite way to brighten up winter meals is to use lot’s of color from different vegetables. I like to serve my meals also with lemon or lime juice and some sprouts or fresh herbs. Though I love the taste of simple winter stews, I always add something fresh and colorful because it just makes the food prettier and that just makes me happy. :-)
    What a fun recipe. I think my boyfriend, who is crazy about desserts and lemon, will love it! Simply vibrant goes on my wishlist.

  • Reply Natalia February 4, 2018 at 1:00 am

    How fresh and delicious these pots look! the recipe is simple but so inviting as aways Anya does! I love colors on table, so i always try to have something cheerful and interesting to make my girls smile! Thank you for this giveaway!

  • Reply Jess | Urban Alchemy February 4, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Jessie!! This looks delicious (as usual!). To color and brighten up my meals during the winter I always add fresh herbs. :)

  • Reply Natalie February 6, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Hi Jessie,
    The MEYER LEMON POTS DE CRÉME looks really YUMMY. However, as a loyal fan of chocolate my favourite way to brighten winter meals is all about the hot chocolate drink and sweet cookies. Imagining how it is sweet and warm when you hold a hot chocolate in your hands and eat some cookies in a chill weather with your family ;)

  • Reply Toni February 6, 2018 at 1:32 am

    In winter, I like to add fresh herbs to soups and stews at the end of cooking to brighten them up! And maybe a dollop of zesty citrus yoghurt for some contrast! Yum!

  • Reply Jess February 8, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    blood oranges forever! almost too beautiful to eat…almost hehe

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