If you've tasted homemade candied citrus, you know -- it tastes so much better than store-bought. Maybe you ate it plain or dipped in chocolate, maybe it was in a homemade fruitcake or added to muffin or pancake batter to take those baked goods to the next level? Another classic way to use candied citrus is as a garnish or decoration on everything from tarts to cocktails.
Look for organic or unsprayed fruit when making candied citrus -- what you are using and eating is the exterior of the fruit. And if you buy citrus for juicing, don't toss out the fruit after squeezing; freeze the peels and candy them when you have time.
Candied Citrus Peel
Candied Citrus Slices
Decorating pound cake or layer cake (whether frosted or not); the ultimate garnish for a cupcake; and an unbeatable addition to some sublime cocktails -- those are some of our favorite ways to use slices of candied lemon or orange.
Watch Sarah Carey make candied citrus peel: