I’ve only seen Buddha’s Hand Citrons once before, and weirdly, only at Coles, but I adore them. Not only do they look like some sort of unnatural offspring of a lemon tree and a squid (leading to their affectionate nickname in our household of ‘Cthulu-lemons’ or ‘tentacle-fruit’), they smell rather amazing. It’s a scent I can only describe as perfumed – lemony and floral at the same time.
Buddha’s Hand Citron (and I am now feeling rather concerned about the shape of Buddha’s hands, actually) is all zest and pith, with no juicy centre at all. I’ve been fiddling around with different ways to use it to really bring out the flavour. My mother’s shortbread recipe, which really only has four ingredients and thus tastes basically like butter and sugar (which, I hasten to add, is not a bad thing in any way) seemed like a good place to start.
The result is… well, it’s a rather nice biscuit, but in the end, I found the flavour rather subtle, and too much like lemon rather than anything else. But when I tried testing it scientifically on real scientists, they seemed to like it more, and detect a different flavour. So it’s possible that my tastebuds are just not sophisticated enough for the job. This is entirely plausible, frankly. I’ve often suspected that I was a fake foodie in this regard…
See what you think.
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finely grated zest from one small Buddha’s Hand citron (about 5g)
150 g butter, softened
80 g caster sugar
150 g plain flour
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