Candied Citrus Peel

You have a recipe that asks for candied citrus peel, but you can’t find it.  It is actually pretty easy to make on your own with just a few ingredients.

First you have to decide which kind of peel you want.  You will need:

2 Grapefruit, or 3 Oranges, or 4 Lemon, 1 1/2 Cup Sugar and 1 Cup Water.

Using a knife, cut the ends off of your fruit.  Next, gently cut off this colored skin of the fruit, leaving most of the “pith” (the white stuff) on the fruit.  Cut the peel into pieces about 1/4 inch wide and as long as you want.  I usually make them about and inch to 2 inches long.

In a medium pan, bring a pan filled about 2/3 full of water to a boil.  After the water is to boiling drop in your peel. Boil for about 10 minutes.  Remove the peel with a slotted spoon, and place on a wire rack that has been set inside a baking pan.  Let cool and dry for about 15-20 minutes.

While the peel is cooling, remove all but 1 cup of water from your pan and add 1 cup of sugar.  Heat on high heat, until all sugar is dissolved.  You can stir occasionally to prevent burning.

Add your peel to the water/sugar mixture and continue to boil until the syrup begins to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove the peel from the hot liquid using and slotted spoon, and place back on wire rack, making sure that none of the pieces are touching. Let cool and dry for about an hour.

Place a half a cup of sugar into a bowl, and toss the peel in the sugar until well coated.  Let dry for about another hour, then place into tightly sealed container.

These will keep at room temperature for about 3 weeks.

Can be used as a palette cleanser, dip in chocolate for a sweet treat, finely chop and add to muffin or bread batter,  or garnish desserts.  The sky is the limit for these sweet treats!

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