Popular lemon recipes in France include desserts such as lemon tart or lemon sorbet, but you will also find lemons showcased in savory dishes. Lemon juice is used in marinades, vinaigrettes, and sauces.
In France, the lime is also considered a lemon and is called a green lemon (citron vert). Lime can substitute for lemon in many French lemon recipes, and is especially appreciated in marinades and cocktails.
You will also find a fruit called a cédrat that looks like a big, bumpy lemon. The juice of this fruit is considered too sour to cook with but the rind is candied and used in cakes and pastries. Cédrat is also used to make a liquor called Cédratine.
Lemon zest refers to just the outer rind of a lemon and not the white part which is bitter. To properly zest a lemon you need a good tool. The Microplane Zester is one of the best ways to get perfect lemon zest everytime, and you can use it to grate cheese and other foods as well. You can also learn some other methods for how to zest a lemon here.
Another way to juice a lemon is with a citrus reamer. This is a classic kitchen tool that allows you to quickly juice a lemon without a lot of fuss or equipment. Perfect for when you just want to add the juice of a lemon to your pot without measuring.
Here is a little trick you might like to try. To get the most juice out of a lemon warm it in the microwave for two seconds before squeezing. It also helps to roll the lemon with a bit of hand pressure on the counter top.
Here is a delicious and easy lemon tart recipe. You can make lemon tart with your favorite pie crust or use a store bought one if you are pressed for time. Just make sure you make it ahead of time so it has enough time to chill.Moroccan Chicken Recipe
Testament to the North African influence in France, preserved lemons find their way into French cooking and eating, such as in this Moroccan chicken recipe. The fruit is preserved in salt brine bringing out a whole new taste and texture in the lemon.Crockpot Lemon Chicken Recipe
This crockpot lemon chicken recipe is a wonderful way to showcase the tart flavor of lemons. It is wonderfully quick to make and features the fresh taste of tarragon as well.
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