Sake Gumi
I was a cake decorator last week, and I went out in drag this weekend. I needed to relax and do what I do the best, cooking and baking to calm my tired self.

I found a recipe for lemon cookies, and went to a store to buy lemons, where I saw pretty orange colored kumquats. If you are not familiar with it, please see this entry on Wiki.

It is definitely citrus family but quite small and more pungent. It tastes like a mixture of orange, lemon with a bitter element, and something else that I can't quite figure out. I have seen kumquats used for tarts, and other sweets at pastry shops around town, so I decided to it try out.

The recipe called for lemon, but I used kumquats instead.

- 2 sticks of butter, softened
- 180 grams of sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- 360 grams of flour
- Zest of two lemons - I grated about 10 kumquats, predominantly rind, but definitely included fruit as well. They are too small to use only the zest.
- 1/2 tsp lemon oil - this was substituted by "fruit juice" part of above (my own justification, since who the hell has lemon oil handy?)
- 4 grams of salt

1. Mix butter, sugar, kumquats together until well blended
2. add egg yolks, then flour and salt, Mix till well incorporated.
3. According to the original recipe, dough is very soft and you can pipe it out (AAAAAGGGHHH, piping nightmares!!), but my dough was way too hard, but I squeezed the shit out of the piping bag without using a tip.
4. Slice kumquats very thin, make sure you get rid of pits. Place each slice on top of the dough.
5. Bake 350 for about 12 minutes until light golden.

This was definitely tasty. Kumquat, for some reason, is salty. I know I didn't over salt the dough, but at first bite, you are like, "Hm, cookie, hm, citrus, and ?? salt???"

Kumquats will definitely make an interesting ingredient for homemade liqueur. Orangy, but bitter. Citrusy but salty. Something very reminiscent about this fruit, too. I think it was used for medicinal purpose when I was growing up, and my mother made me drink kumquat juice when I had a sore throat. It's funny how you hate eating many things when you are a kid, and as you grow up, your taste buds change, and things that you hated become your favorite.

Man, I am getting older...

PS: Other weird homeopathic items from my mother/grandmother included vinegar soaked cloth on my shoulder when I had a dislocated joint (I couldn't sleep at all that night), fresh aloe on burns (I think this is pretty common), daily dose of kale juice (disgustingly bitter), a special aloe cream on everything (like Windex on everything on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding") and fresh yuzu bath (an idiot like me squeezed the shit out of yuzu for a bath, and my entire body was itchy and burned for days). Ah, the good old days...


  • My grandparents had a kumquat tree in their yard in FL. I never figured out a use for them, except as mini-fruit for my dolls.

    Jones on

  • I certainly hope the Flashdancer showed up and ripped off his tank top for you. You might have to play some Jazzercize music as his siren song, I don’t know. Like I said, he’s never shown for me, so I don’t know what works.

    amy ann on

  • Yummy those look good!

    Melissa Good Taste on

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