Candied citrus peel is simple to make and is a great addition for holiday baking, to decorate desserts or even to give as a homemade gift.
As promised when I posted my Orange Boodle recipe, I’m now sharing how to make the candied peel you saw adorning the desserts.
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You can use the candy as decoration on any dessert, as I did on the Boodle’s Orange Fool, dip the ends in chocolate for a even tastier treat, or just eat it as candy on its own.
If at all possible, get your hands on organic fruit. The last thing you want to do is make candy from pesticide laden peel. Not to mention, the organic fruit just tastes better. I’m lucky as I have my own orange tree so I used fresh oranges from my own tree. You can use any citrus peel you like: lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc.
Candied Citrus Peel
slightly adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe
- 2 large, organic (unwaxed) oranges, lemons or grapefruit
- (optional – chocolate for dipping)
Cut each piece of fruit into 8 wedges, then remove the flesh from the skin. Cut each peel into strips.
Put the strips into a small pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Drain the liquid then repeat with fresh water, however this time, bring to a boil, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Now, drain the liquid again, but reserve it in a measuring jug. Put the strips of peel in a bowl. Add 100g (1/2 cup) sugar to each 100ml (3 1/2 ounces) of water, then pour into a pan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the strips and simmer for 30 mins until the peel is translucent and soft.
Allow to cool in the syrup, then remove with a fork and arrange in a single layer on a wire rack to dry. You can place the rack in a warm oven for half an hour, but I didn’t do this.
Now dip the strips of peel into a bowl of sugar, a few at a time, then place on parchment or waxed paper and allow to dry for at least an hour.
Keep the candied peel in an airtight tin or container lined with baking parchment. The peel will keep for 6-8 weeks in a cool, dry place.
You can dip the ends of the candied citrus peel in melted chocolate if desired. This makes a lovely gift.
Serving Size: 2 strips
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 8 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 0g
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