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Baking with Lemon and Limes

Posted By Helen Jackson On August 12, 2008 @ 11:23 pm In Features,Loving Food | Comments Disabled


Baking with Citrus – Tammy McLeod

Lemon and lime flavoured baked goods are always warmly received. Tangy citrus flavours are a delicious [1]contrast to the sweetness of a cake or slice. It is the rare person who turns down a piece of sticky lemon slice [2] or lime syrup cake [3].Citrus fruit is in season now, in the middle of winter. It is as if Mother Nature is giving us something bright and cheerful to brighten up dreary winter. I always have a bowl of lemons in my kitchen, regardless of the season, as I find that lemon juice is a great way to give a flavour boost to a myriad of dishes. Limes are a little less common place, but when they are in season I juice them and then freeze the juice in ice-cubes, ready for use. Lime juice is a must in Thai cooking [4], but I also find the extra zinginess of limes are perfect in baking.

Lemons and limes are almost interchangeable in baking – if you don’t have limes, you can always use a lemon. The zesty flavours are perfect in desserts – citrus tart [5] is an all time favourite, originating in France,  (where it is known as tarte au citron) lemons or limes can be used and the smooth creaminess is a perfect after dinnner touch.  Lemon meringue pie [6] is another all time favourite along with cheesecake [7] and mousse.

It is always good to have something lemony in the tins. Sticky lemon slice [2] is a perennial favourite and can double as a dessert with a dollop of whipped cream or yoghurt. Lemon syrup cake [8]is another much loved tin filler. If you have baked a plain cake or loaf you can whip up a lemon or lime syrup (use the zest and juice of 2 lemons or 3 smaller limes with ½ c each sugar and water, stir over heat until the sugar is dissolved and then simmer until syrupy), drench your cake in the hot syrup and you have a fabulous syrup cake!

A simple lemon or lime icing (mix enough juice into icing sugar to give a pourable icing) can be drizzled over plain cakes, loaves or biscuits for a tartness to match the sweet of the baking. Lemon or lime curd [9] is the perfect ingredient to add when wanting to make something effortless look fabulous! Try putting it in mini tart cases, use to fill the middle of cupcakes or muffins [10], swirl through cheesecake or ice-cream, serve with pancakes, use in steamed pudding instead of jam,- the list goes on.

lemon cordial [11]
lemon syrup loaf [8]


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[1] Lemon and lime flavoured baked goods are always warmly received. Tangy citrus flavours are a delicious : https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/563075032w.jpg

[2] sticky lemon slice: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=1215

[3] lime syrup cake: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=236

[4] Thai cooking: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=1195

[5] citrus tart: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=1015

[6] Lemon meringue pie: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=755

[7] cheesecake: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=903

[8] Lemon syrup cake : https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=1179

[9] Lemon or lime curd: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=235

[10] cupcakes or muffins: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=809

[11] lemon cordial: https://www.foodlovers.co.nz/recipes/display.php?id=772

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