Waxed Lemons and Sandwich Tins
Asked on 27 Mar 2017 by CHUCK
1 Can you explain the difference, if any, between a sponge tin and a sandwich tin. There is a lovely receipe on your site at the moment for a cake to use sandwich tins and I am all in a fluster!!
2 Could you explain a little about the difference between waxed and unwaxed lemons. I live on an island and we get waxed lemons but occasionally unwaxed which are usually mouldy in the extreme. Does it harm to use zested lemon from a waxed lemon?
Thanks in anticipation,
Sandwich tins and sponge tins are the same. Both are shallow cake tins designed to quickly and evenly bake a sponge cake that is commonly (but not always!) served as two shallow cakes, sandwiched together with a filling. Delia always uses a deeper, 4cm sponge tin.
Waxed lemons are more common as the wax preserves them. Waxed lemons are perfect for juicing. I don’t believe that the wax is harmful but if you’re using the zest or skin of a lemon in cooking the wax can be removed. You can pour boiling water over the lemon and then dry with kitchen towel or you can use warm water and a vegetable brush to scrub the wax off.