Carrie Fehr

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Moroccan Preserved Lemons

Preserved Lemon 1

Preserved lemons add a bright fragrant flavor to a variety of dishes that are common in Moroccan or North African cuisine. With just two ingredients, they take no time to prepare, store almost indefinitely, and are economical, especially if blessed with a neighborhood lemon tree.

There are endless ways to enjoy preserved lemons. They can be chopped and added to vinaigrettes, salads, or salsas, or pureed in aioli, as a spread for sandwiches. I like to pair diced preserved lemons with a little goat cheese or fresh ricotta, and slather it on crostini, topped with toasted pistachios.

Homemade preserved lemons also make great gifts for friends, not to mention look stunning on the kitchen counter.

Moroccan Preserved Lemons

Ingredients:

3-4 Organic Meyer lemons, cleaned with both ends trimmed

¼ cup Kosher salt

Pint-sized Mason jar

Directions:

Put a teaspoon of salt in the bottom of pint-sized mason jar.

Quarter lemons leaving ends attached.

Sprinkle salt on the inside of the quartered lemon.

Place the lemon into the Mason jar, open end down. Press down to release its juices.

Sprinkle salt over the top of the lemon.

Repeat the process until the Mason jar is filled with lemons.

If necessary, squeeze more lemon juice over the lemons to cover. Close the Mason jar.

Leave for several days. Open up the Mason jar and press lemons down. Close it and leave in a cool place for 30 days.  Before using, remove the pulp and rinse under cold water to remove the salt. Store in the refrigerator.

 

Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

Meyer Lemon Pudding CakeNeed a refreshing lemony dessert?  With just a few simple ingredients like lemon, butter, and eggs, you can turn out a gorgeous soufflé-like cake with a delightful layer of creamy custard that is sweet, tangy, and floral.  Top it with a spoonful of Chantilly cream and a sprinkling of poppy seeds, or fresh berries.

 Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

There are  Meyer lemon trees throughout my hometown of Berkeley, thanks to an early 1900′s agricultural explorer, Frank Meyer, who introduced this plant into the United States from Asia, and to Alice Waters of Chez Panisse restaurant,  for boosting its popularity.  This lemony dessert highlights the sweet taste of Meyer lemons with the best of both comforts, part pudding and part cake.

Ingredients:

¾ cup sugar

¼ cup flour

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup Meyer lemon juice, 2 or 3 lemons

1 tablespoon Meyer lemon zest

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 cup milk (I use 1%)

3 eggs, separated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350˚

Combine sugar, flour, and salt in a medium-size bowl.  Stir in lemon juice, zest, melted butter, and milk.

In a separate bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and pale. Add yolks to the lemon mixture.

In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.  Gently fold into lemon mixture.

Pour into buttered soufflé dish, place into pan filled with hot water about 1 inch deep.

Bake at 350˚ for 35 minutes.  Remove from pan and let cool.  Turn the soufflé dish over and unmold on to a plate.  Top with Chantilly cream, a sprinkling of poppy seeds, or fresh berries.