Lemon zest is the oil rich outer skin of a lemon. The volatile oils in the zest make it extremely flavorful and many recipes call for the addition of lemon zest along with lemon juice or lemon extract.
The process of removing lemon zest is known as “zesting,” and there are a number of kitchen tools designed to remove lemon zest. Such tools are called "zesters".
Versions of stainless steel wood rasps (normally used in carpentry) have been finding their way into kitchen and restaurants across the world. The rasp creates a very fine textured zest extracting a large amount of flavor.
Other citrus fruits can be zested for an infusion of intense flavor in a wide range of dishes.
In baked goods, lemon zest can be used to add a lemony flavor to the finished food product. The natural oils in the zest will slowly leach out through the cooking process, infusing the food with flavor.
Individual pieces of the lemon zest will also crack open when chewed and produce a burst of lemon flavor.
Lemon zest can also be used as a food seasoning, or it can be added to various mixed drinks and beverages.
Serving Size 1 tbsp (6g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 2Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.0g
Vitamin A 0%
•Vitamin C 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower
depending on your caloric needs.
Love the flavor, but definitely don't make the indentation too deep, otherwise the bottom of cookie will be too thin, later when you cut into bars, and the bars are so easily to break into half. Also we used 2 tablespoons of jam, it seemed a little too much, so use less than 1 1/2 tablespoons. Overall we still love the buttery flavor and the texture, and the fruit jam added extra refreshing taste.