Candied Lemon Peel

Prep Time: 1 hr 45 minsServings: About 1 cup
Candied lemon peel makes a pretty, edible garnish for your summer desserts and drinks. It is so easy to make; once you give it a try, you may never throw away a lemon peel again.


Cut the ends off each lemon, and then cut the lemon in half length-wise. Pull the peel back from the fruit. Reserve the fruit for juicing later. Use a spoon to scrape any remaining pieces of fruit left on the rind.
Cut the rind into ½
to ¼ inch thick slices. Place the slices in a large saucepan. Fill the pan with water to cover the lemon peels. Bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and discard the water. Refill the pan with water to cover the peel, and bring to a boil again. Then discard the water. Repeat this process for a total of 4 times.
Add 2 cups of sugar to the drained, boiled lemon peel. Refill the pan to cover the peels again, adding about 2 cups of water. Return the pan to the heat, and bring to a simmer over medium-high. Reduce the heat to maintain the simmer, and let cook for about 60 to 75 minutes. It is done when the lemon peel begins to turn translucent.

Place a baking rack over a paper towel lined baking sheet. Strain the lemon peel from the oil and place the peel in a single layer on the baking sheet. Let drain for 10 to 15 minutes.
Place some sugar in a medium-sized bowl. Add the lemon peel a few pieces at a time and toss in the sugar to coat. Return the peel in a single layer on the baking sheet to dry. Let dry completely, preferably overnight. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 to 3 weeks.


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