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Meyer Lemon Pudding With Honey and Ricotta

What’s a beautiful holiday dessert featuring one of our favorite citrus fruits? Why, Meyer Lemon Pudding of course.

What’s the story with Meyer lemons? They’re intensely fragrant and they’re not quite as tart as their other lemon counterparts. This characteristic alone makes them wonderful for baking. Additionally, their color is such a beautiful bright yellow it’s almost peachy.

Now at this point in the season you’ve probably already encountered an avalanche of holiday cookies, cakes, and candy. So when you’re ready to try something a little different and delicious, this is your go-to dessert. It checks off all of the boxes: tasty, colorful, crowd-pleasing.

This Meyer Lemon pudding is inspired by two family recipes, an unbaked ricotta pudding and a German baker’s cheese pudding. Both of those recipes, like this one, are incredibly easy to make. You can whip up this pudding in just a matter of minutes and pop it in the oven before company arrives. Additionally, you can eat it for Christmas breakfast. Either way it’s a refreshing change from ordinary holiday sweets.

Meyer Lemon-Honey Ricotta Pudding

Meyer Lemon Honey Ricotta Pudding

This bright and citrus-y ricotta pudding has the wonderful flavors of Meyer lemon and honey.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas, dessert, honey, lemon, Meyer lemon, pudding, ricotta cheese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese (or 2 cups)
  • 2 Meyer lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • butter for greasing containers
  • fresh cranberries and rosemary for garnish (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

  2. Pour the mixture into one 8 1/2 by 11-inch glass pan or six oven-safe ramekins. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, cool, and garnish with rosemary and cranberries.


Many thanks to Frieda’s Specialty Produce for the beautiful Meyer lemons! And happy holidays to all from Jolly Tomato!

P.S. Want a similar pudding-like dessert that’s a little out of the ordinary? Try our vegan Raw Cherry and Chocolate Mousse Tart. It’s also pretty enough to be holiday-friendly.

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Meyer lemon pudding with honey and ricotta

Blogger disclosure: Frieda’s Specialty Produce sent us Meyer lemons to sample. We did not receive compensation for this post. Additionally, all opinions expressed are our own.

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7 Responses to Meyer Lemon Pudding With Honey and Ricotta

  1. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious December 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm #


  2. Valentina December 24, 2012 at 9:36 pm #

    Jeanne — these images are so festive & pretty. I LOVE Meyer lemons — my parents have a Meyer lemon tree in their yard which I take full advantage of. ­čśë Happy holidays!!

    • Jeanne December 25, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks! I would LOVE to have a Meyer lemon tree…I’d never get tired of that incredible fragrance!

  3. amee December 31, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Wow, ricotta and honey sounds like a great combo. GREAT! i like your presentation by the way. my mom has a meyer lemon tree in houston, but i’m sure the results are not as wonderful as a California tree…
    i use meyer lemon juice in my greek salad dressing and i can’t go back to an “ordinary” lemon.

    • Jeanne January 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

      Thanks, Amee!

  4. Bárbara January 1, 2015 at 6:24 am #

    Just made them, but made some substitutions: used 1 TBS gluten-free flour and rice syrup instead of honey! Needed 30 minutes here. ABSOLUTELY amazing! Thank you very much for such an easy and delightful dessert. All the best!

    • Jeanne January 1, 2015 at 7:39 am #

      Wonderful! Thanks, Barbara!

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