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Lemon Molasses

December  9, 2021
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Welcome to a recipe for alchemical liquid gold - a cooking component inspired by pomegranate molasses. It is brilliantly tart with just enough sweetness and bitterness to delight anyone's taste buds. If you happen to have a bulk of zested lemons remaining from a foray into home-made limoncello, forget the lemonade and make this. Scale up or down - I used a ratio of 1 part sugar to 5 parts juice by weight. —valerieippolito

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • makes 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 530 grams lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 106 grams granulated sugar
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Directions
  1. Combine juice and sugar in a small pot over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for 1-1.5 hours, until the overall content is reduced to about one-third it's original amount. Be careful not to reduce it too much -- you're looking for molasses consistency, not hard candy.
  3. Take off heat and put into a container. It is shelf stable due to the high sugar content. You can refrigerate it, but it may crystallize. If this happens, gently reheat it.

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