Sunday, March 18, 2012

Candied Citrus Peel

Even though this recipe can be a bit laborious it is totally worth the effort.  Citrus peel has such a zingy flavor that just perks up the pallet. I dipped half of each peel in chocolate, but they are just as yummy without the chocolate. 

My childhood friend Alexa had mentioned on Facebook that she wanted some of these Candied Citrus Peels so I figured I'd whip up a batch.  She is sending me great stuff all the time.  The last thing she sent me was one of her "Bags-of-the-Week".  Check out here blog and see what she creates using re-purposed items around the house.  

Okay Candied Citrus Peels!
You'll need:
4-5 citrus fruits (I used 2 oranges, 1 grapefruit and 3 lemons)
4 C water
2 C Sugar
More sugar for coating
Dark Chocolate Baking Bar -optional

Cut each fruit into quarters and remove peel.  Try not to tear the peel. 

 Using a sharp paring knife remove as much of the bitter white pith as you can.

  Slice the peels into 1/4-1/2 inch strips

Boil for 20 minutes in a large pot with enough water to cover. Drain and repeat this boil process one more time. Drain and set aside.

In a large pot add the 4 C water and 2 cups sugar, heat to dissolve sugar.  Add parboiled peels.  Bring to a boil them lower to a simmer.  Simmer on med-low for 1 hour.  Brush the insides of the pot while cooking with hot water and a basting brush.  This will help get rid of the crystallization of sugar on the sides of the pot.

Once your peels have simmered for an hour allow them to cool in the syrup.  When cool enough to handle roll each peel strip in the additional sugar and place on a rack to dry over night. Store syrup in an airtight container in the fridge and use it to sweeten teas, fruit juices or pour over ice cream etc.

If you want to eat them today, place them in a 200 degree (or the lowest setting) oven for about 2 hours.

Melt dark chocolate in a double broiler and dip all or half of each peel, let dry for a few hours.

FINALLY!!! It's time to enjoy all your efforts.  Can you believe how long it takes to make these candied peels.   Luckily the citrus oil bite will slow the kids down so you'll have a chance to enjoy them for a while.  Enjoy!

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