Jan. 29th, 2010 10:04 pm
readsalot: (sakura mixing pancake batter [CCS])
It turns out that the fruit I used yesterday was a "sweet lime." Not that that explains the soapiness and general lack of flavor, but when I used an actual Meyer lemon to make tart filling tonight, the result was completely delicious. I'm very happy.

(There's no picture because it's not terribly pretty--I still haven't figured out the trick of making my pie crusts look good.)
readsalot: (ahiru ehhh? [Princess Tutu])
On Sunday, I made a lemon tart that I had to throw away, because the filling tasted like soap. I thought that it was because the food processor in which I'd made the filling hadn't been sufficiently rinsed after its last washing. However, I just tried again, and the same thing almost happened.

This recipe uses a whole Meyer lemon. You slice it thinly, remove the seeds, then grind it up with sugar, and then add butter and eggs. I made it once before, and it was completely delicious. Then, on Sunday, soap. I was trying again tonight, because I had another Meyer lemon that I'd bought with the previous one, and I noticed while I was slicing it that it didn't smell very lemony, and it did smell a bit soapy. So I tasted a bit. Yes, that was the soapy taste. Richard confirmed it.

I'm trying to figure out what to do next. I'm not going to make the tart with this--hopefully my partially baked pie crust will keep until tomorrow. But how does something like this happen? What would make a lemon taste like soap?


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