Kaffir lime is from the citrus family and is native to Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. Kaffir lime is one of the key ingredients in many South East Asia cuisines. The fruit is small and green that differs from your normal lime as it has a very bumpy surface.
The leaves are a deep green colour quite firm to touch with a distinct lime smell. The leaves are now readily available in New Zealand, but used to be more commonly used in Australia.
Kaffir lime fruit has a really intense flavour and can be juiced and zested into a multitude of meals, including curries, fish cakes and stir fries.
Cooking with kaffir lime is very simple and a few leaves can simply be added to your next curry, as it will give an Asian feel and flavour. Adding a wedge of kaffir lime in your cold beer to make it even more tasty and refreshing.
Try kaffir lime in this delicious summery baked vanilla and lime cheesecake:
For the base, you will need;
250gms/1 packet short crust biscuits
Blend butter and biscuits together until the consistency of wet sand, then grease a cake tin, cover base of cake tin with biscuit mixture and push down well.
750gms cream cheese
1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 limes, juiced and zested
Preheat oven to 180
Pre-heat oven to 180 degreesIn blender add cream cheese, sugar, seeds from vanilla bean and eggs, mix until smooth. Remove from blender to bowl and mix in cream, then add lime juice. When mixed pour over biscuit base and bake in oven for 30-40mins or golden on top.
Let cool and serve of refrigerate. Best served at room temperature with cream and fruit.