We just picked more than a bushel of oranges and lemons! My parents have a backyard full of citrus trees. The kids and I headed over and helped lighten the load of those poor trees’ branches. They were gorgeously full! I love how pretty trees are fully laden with their fruit!
Such a great way to spend some time with my kids! Outside, gathering fruit, helping each other….
So we’ve been busy making everything citrus that we can. First up was lemon and orange juice. As a crafter, I just could NOT throw all of that beautiful peel away. So, as I juiced we cut the fruit in half and pulled the flesh out to save them as fruit cups.
Next, I added frozen dough to each one and let it rise. I also made a citrus butter (just added lemon juice to melted butter, or orange juice for the orange rolls) to coat the tops with before I baked them up! I just baked them like I would normal rolls.
Oh these smelled like heaven while they were baking!
My overall conclusion was that they were not as citrus-y tasting as I was hoping for. Next time I will add way more lemon or orange juice to the butter! They also needed extra cooking time because the bottoms (that were inside of the fruit cups) wanted to stay dough-y. They were still all devoured in one day. We love carbs in my house!
After we ate the rolls out of the fruit cups, I shredded the cups and added them to my compost. So that made these oranges and lemons a 3-for-1!! YAY!
I have a few more fun things that I have done with my citrus bounty. I have many more lemons, orange, limes, and grapefruit. I’d love to know what you have done with yours. Do you have any great citrus recipes?