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Citrus Chile Compound Butter


Fresh flavor from lemon and lime zest and a kick from jalapeno!

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  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 Tbsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper or to taste


Level of difficulty Easy
Preparation time 10mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

In a mixing bowl add the butter. Zest the fresh citrus and add to the butter. Press in the garlic. Seed and mince the jalapeno. Add the chile, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well until fragrant and completely combined. Transfer to a small covered bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Remove about 10-20 minutes before ready to serve to allow time to soften.

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Zesty Lemon Pavlova

Named for the famous ballerina Anna Pavlova, this delicate lemon pavlova is simply divine.


  • Eggs
  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Butter
  • Lemon zest


  1. Separate egg yolks and whites
  2. In a bowl, whisk egg whites
  3. Add confectioner's sugar
  4. Distribute on baking pan and flatten center lightly with a spoon
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 250 degrees
  6. While that's baking, squeeze fresh lemon juice into a bowl
  7. Add egg yolks, sugar, and flour then whisk together
  8. Add butter and whisk again
  9. Take the merigues out of the oven once they're ready
  10. Spoon the filling into the center of the meringues
  11. Grate lemon rind and sprinkle the zest over the top of the pavlovas
  12. Serve!

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