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Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Citrus

Baking Bites for Craftsy: All About Citrus!

I use citrus all year round, but citrus season is in the winter and early spring and that is when everything from limes to tangerines are at their peak. Citrus fruits are very versatile because they are several ways that you can pull flavor from them. You can use the zest for a pungent oil, the juice for its bright sweetness or the whole fruit ... Read More »

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

How Much Zest Does Citrus Fruit Yield?

Citrus zest is a fantastic way to get a lot of flavor into a recipe. The zest is the colorful skin of citrus fruit and it is packed with flavorful essential oils. Recipes that use zest can be anything from pies to muffins to savory dishes. Most of those recipes call for a specific quantity of zest, but don’t specify how much fruit you need ... Read More »

Everyday Lemon Cake

Everyday Lemon Cake

When I feel like baking something – or like eating a baked good – I try to do it right away. This means that I don’t save my baking projects for the weekends, but have been known to bake in the morning, afternoon and evening even during the week. It also means that I don’t always have unlimited time for my baking projects. After all, ... Read More »

What is a Pomelo?

What is a Pomelo?

Pomelos are a type of citrus fruit that are native to Southeast Asia. They resemble a large grapefruit in appearance and are often the largest type of citrus that you can find at a grocery store.¬†They are closely related to grapefruits, but have some distinct differences. They have a very thin skin and a thick white pith. The flesh inside ranges from a yellow to ... Read More »

Sour Cream Lime Bars

The Best Sour Cream Lime Bars

During citrus season, I will fill my kitchen up with a wide variety of orange, lemon and lime baked goods, from muffins to pies. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite citrus because I like them all, but lately I have been doing even more baking with limes than usual. Limes find their way into Key Lime Pies more often than they do into ... Read More »

What are Kumquats?

What are Kumquats?

Kumquats, or cumquats, are small citrus fruits that are often overlooked in favor of more popular oranges, lemons and limes during citrus season. Kumquats are round or oval and resemble very small oranges when ripe, though they are about the size of a large olive. They have a thin skin that, unlike the peel of an orange, can be eaten along with the pulp of ... Read More »

Buddha’s Hand Shortbread

Buddha's Hand Shortbread

The zest is generally the most flavorful part of any citrus fruit because it contains so many essential oils. Access to fresh zest is one of the reasons that so many recipes insist on fresh citrus, as opposed to prepacked juice, when you really want to bring a strong citrus element into a recipe. Buddha’s hand is an unusual citrus fruit in that it really ... Read More »

What is Buddha’s Hand?

What is Buddha's Hand?

We come across an unusually shaped orange or lemon from time to time, especially if you grow your own citrus trees or shop at farmer’s markets, where they’re not screening the citrus to be uniform in size and shape. One of the most unusual looking citrus fruits is the Buddha’s hand – and unlike some of those strangely shaped lemons, this fruit’s unusual shape is ... Read More »

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