Lemon extract or oil
Okay, so I want to make some Italian lemon cookies - puffy ones with the icing sugar/lemon glaze on them. Go to the grocery store to buy some lemon extract, and pick up a bottle. Club house PURE lemon extract. Let me repeat, PURE lemon extract. Anyone want to guess what the ingredients are??
Propylene glycol, water, alcohol, flavour and colour.
Ummmm - should there not be something lemon in the ingredients besides the mysterious "flavour" ??
Is this the best I can do in Montreal (and no, lemon juice is not concentrated enough for these baking purposes - the amount of lemon juice needed would alter the batter).
I've seen organic lemon extract at Rachelle-Bery... haven't tried it, but I regularly use the orange extract from the same brand and it's a good product. The orange one is made of sunflower oil + orange oil and that's it.
If all else fails, I've found that best way to get intense lemon flavour is to put lemon zest (peeled with a potato peeler so it's easier to remove) in your sugar for a while and let it soak up the oils. It works very well.
Have you checked the Wilton lemon extract (sold at Ares)? I tried to find an ingredient listing online with no luck. Hope you find it!
I have discovered how healthy this extract is. I talked to my dentist about this and she agreed maybe once or twice a week. I put a drop or two on my toothbrush with my toothpaste-really cleans teeth. I not sure about swallowing it that concentrated.