James Beard's Christmas Pudding question
- Tom Meg
This recipe calls for
"1/2 pound mixed peel (orange, lemon, and citron)", finely chopped
"the rinds of 1 orange and 1 lemon", grated
What exactly is the difference between a citrus fruit's "rind" and "peel"?
My dictionary defines peel as "the rind of a fruit". Not helpful!
Does he mean zest for one of these?
I would take peel to mean candied peel (made from whole rinds, chopped up, preserved with sugar) and rind to mean what is now commonly called zest (which is of course the colored part of the citrus skin, but you already know that). It's a somewhat old-fashioned/British usage.
Ah, James Beard - I adore him! Reread Delights and Prejudices recently, a true delight.
re: Tom Meg
I was just reminded (reading an epicurious recipe that I had reviewed years back) of the time I made the pudding just before Christmas, it was a huge quantity and we were still eating the leftovers in November! Making a fig-cranberry-orange peel version this year(have been getting the fruit drunk all week). No it won't be aged, but I think it will still be good. Enjoy yours!
The peel is just like zest, the colored part of the rind. Peel it off with a vegetable peeler. You do not want the pith which is bitter.
Mixed peel, in this case, means candied citrus peel--candied lemon, citron and orange rind, usually sold in specialty shops or some supermarkets in the baking section at this time of year.