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Candied Citrus Peel

Serve as a sweet finish to a meal; dip into melted semisweet chocolate, let set, then pack as a gift; or finely chop and stir into muffin batter or scone dough.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • yield: Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 grapefruits
  • 3 oranges
  • 4 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Directions

  1. Step 1

    With a sharp paring knife, slice off ends of grapefruits, oranges, or lemons. Following curve of fruit, cut away outermost peel, leaving most of the white pith on fruit. Slice peel lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide strips.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium pot of boiling water, cook peel until tender, about 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer peel to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; spread in a single layer to dry slightly, about 15 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil over high, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel and boil until it turns translucent and syrup thickens, 8 to 10 minutes. With slotted spoon, transfer peel to wire rack, separating the pieces as needed.

  4. Step 4

    Let peel dry 1 hour. Toss with 1/2 cup sugar to coat.

Source
Everyday Food, January/February 2010

Reviews (3)

  • 23 Dec, 2012

    Recipe is awesome-reminds me of my mom's candied peels! You must keep peel boiling in sugar syrup until syrup gets pretty thick. The left over syrup crystalizes into some yummy sugar drops for kid's mouths, too!

  • 16 Dec, 2012

    I made these and they are out of this world...... BUT....are they suppose to stay wet? Mine never dried? Thank you.

  • 22 Dec, 2010

    I?