27 August 2008

The life of a lemon


So many lemons that I decided to have a lemon baking day... Lemon Rind Biscuits, Homemade Lemonade and Lemon Sponge.

They all turned out wonderfully... and went quickly once the boys came home from school.

Recipes below!


Lemon Rind Biscuits
Rind of 1 lemon
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
80g butter, chopped into pieces
1 cup flour
extra sugar

Using the copping blade of a food processor, mix the lemon rind and sugar, until the rind is finally chopped (I mixed grated rind and sugar in a mortar and pestle). Add egg and butter and mix until smooth, then add the flour. Chill the dough until you can shape it.

Form the dough into 2-3cm balls, roll them in the extra sugar and place 5 cm apart on ungreased baking trays. Flatten with the bottom of a glass.
Bake for 6 minutes at 200degC, until the tops are shiny.


Lemonade

6 lemons
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 cups water (1.5 litres)
Icecubes and lemon slices for serving

Wash and dry lemons. Using a potato peeler, remove the peel very thinly from three of the lemons. Place peel in a meduim pan, add sugar and half of the water. Cover and simmer gentlyy for 15 minutes. Allow to cool.

Squeeze juice from all of the lemons and strain into a large jug. Strain syrup over lemon juice and add remaining water stirring to combine. Cover and chill.

Serve lemonade in glasses, over ice cubes. Float lemon slices on top.


Lemon Sponge
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons baking powder
whipped cream

Put flour, sugar, eggs, butter, milk and lemon rind into an electric mixer bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Stir in baking powder. Pour into two greased and lined 20cm sponge sandwich tins. Bake at 190degC for 15-20 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Leave in tin for 5 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack. When cold, sandwich together with whipped cream and cover with sifted icing sugar.

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9 comments:

  1. That lemonade looks so good about now. Too bad the only thing I know how to make is toast! Oh and 2 minute noodles, which consequently tend to end up a little on the crunchy side, and that's not through personal preference lol.

    Maybe it's time to step out of my comfort zone and make some *gasp* lemondae!

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  2. mmmm so have to try! thanks

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  3. WOW! Is that your lemon tree? How cool. Mine is currently about 45cm tall ... I am waiting b ut not so patiently for it to fruit, fruit, fruit for that exact same reason! Don't you just love making things from stuff that grows - especially when they are sooooo versatile!
    Yummo.

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  4. Who would ever think to write a post about the life of a lemon? You rock my world!

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  5. You crack me up jon dylan! I would love to see you make some lemonade! You will have to write a blog about it too.

    GB - we were blessed with heaps of lovely big citrus trees when we moved here a couple of years ago - so nice to have your own fruit growing.

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  6. Jon, write a blog about lemons? Oh dear... Loving ur profile pic steve btw :) mines still better tehe

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  7. YUM! You are such great mum Kristy.

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  8. Have you read Secret Seven by Enid Blyton? They have Orange-ade in there.

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  9. Love the recipe - I have some lemons that need to be used and I have a weakness for anything lemon flavoured!

    How lovely that your 4 yr old is interested in knitting!

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