Lemon Zest

The peel of the lemon has been used for centuries to flavor foods. Our Lemon Zest is finely minced using only the outer peel of the lemon - no bitter pith - mixed with 50% sugar. This 'knuckle saver' ingredient base is every baker's friend! Lemon Zest adds texture and mouth-feel to your desserts, sauces, glazes, and soups, along with natural lemon flavor from the oil found in the rind. It offers a more delicious and intense lemon flavor than lemon juice.


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Featured Recipe

Apricot Rosemary Crostini with Brie

Yield: 30 pieces

Components:
    • 3/4 cup Apricot Spread
    • 1 lb . Brie, trim rind off
    • 30 Rosemary Crostini

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Spread one side of the rosemary croutons with the Apricot Spread.
3. Top with a small 1/2 oz. slice of Brie and bake in oven to lightly melt the cheese. Serve.


Apricot Spread:
    • 3 cups The Perfect Purée Apricot,  thawed
    • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves minced
    • 1 tsp. The Perfect Purée Lemon Zest,  thawed

Method:
1. Combine the Apricot puree, Lemon Zest puree and minced rosemary in a saucepot.
2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook until reduced to 3/4 cup. Remove from the stove. Cool.


Rosemary Croutons:
    • 1 sprig rosemary, leaves minced
    • 4 oz. butter
    • 1 thin baguette, sliced 1/4 inch thick
    • kosher salt, to taste

Method:
1. Preheat Oven to 350° F.
2. Heat a small sauté pan with the butter and minced rosemary leaves until melted but not browned.
3. Let stand for 5 minutes to let the rosemary infuse.
4. Spread the baguette slices on a sheet tray, brush both sides with the rosemary butter and season with salt.
5. Bake in oven until golden brown but still a little soft in the center. Remove from oven and cool.

Flavor Twists:
You can apply this same recipe to other The Perfect Puree products to make a variety of Crostini, including: Pear with Blue Cheese, Green Apple or White Peach with Brie, Cherry with Goat Cheese.
  • Pear
  • Kiwi
  • Apricot
  • Roasted Red Pepper
  • Tamarind
  • Banana
  • Pink Guava
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Meyer Lemon
  • Black Currant
  • White Peach
  • Papaya
  • Coconut
  • Blood Orange
  • Lemon Zest
  • Blueberry
  • Blackberry
  • Cherry
  • Passion Fruit
  • Pomegranate
  • Green Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Orange
  • Key Lime
  • Prickly Pear
  • Red Raspberry