Making candied citrus peel has been on my list for the longest time.
It seemed easy enough to make, requires very few ingredients and the results or so pretty. Want to make some?
You can use lemons, limes, oranges or grapefruit. Grapefruit rind is thicker and may require longer cooking.
Ingredients: Lemons, Granulated Sugar, Water
- Start with fresh lemons.
- Cut the lemons. I used two lemons and cut them down into rings and then strips. Remove the pith (the white part inside the peel). to make removing the pith easier, boil the peels for 10 minutes.
- Remove the peels and rinse in cold water. Scrap the pith from the peel with a spoon. It should come off very easily if you boiled them.
- Once the pith is removed, you’re ready to boil the lemon strips in sugar syrup. For each cup of rind, mix 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Put the rinds in the syrup and cook slowly until almost all the syrup is gone. I didn’t stir the rinds but just left them to simmer. The timing will depend on how much syrup you prepared. I made the 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water mixture and cooked my rinds for a little over an hour. Just keep an eye on your pot.
- Once most of the syrup is absorbed, spoon out your rinds and let them cool and dry on a paper towel. They won’t actually dry completely, they’re very sticky at this point.
- Once cooled, coat the rinds in granulated sugar. Store in an airtight container.
You can use the candied citrus peel to garnish desserts, add to tea or just eat for a refreshing sweet treat.
I started with a cup of tea but wouldn’t they be pretty on top of a lemon cupcake with simple white frosting. Yum.
I made this handy recipe card for you if you’d like to grab it and make some.
Thanks for visiting my little corner of the creative world.