I found myself with a surplus of lemons this weekend. I got a little excited a Whole Foods last week and bought a lot of lemons. When I saw Elle candying grapefruit peels, I decided to try my hand at some candying too. I bought some oranges and made a medley of orange and lemon peels. I used this recipe from Food Network, and it was super easy. I didn’t have a candy thermometer to measure the exact temperature of the sugar and water and my peels turned out just fine.
I blanched the peels only twice, rather than the three times suggested because I wanted some bitterness from the peels to remain. I think next time I will even blanch them just once to get even more of the bitterness to come through. The other thing I would do differently next time is coat the peels with sugar in batches rather than all at once. Or I would set them on a drying rack and then sprinkle sugar on them. My sugar coating was a little on the heavy side, but it’s the holidays, so who’s complaining about extra sugar?
I love these! I’ve been snacking on them throughout the day. I’m partial to the lemon peels because they retained more of the bitterness. Next time, I am going to either do all lemon, or another bitter fruit so that I get more of that bitterness coming through in the final product. I’d like to try limes. Can you peel limes? I enjoyed the candied orange peel too though. Now I have a large of amount of candied peels and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them. I gave away some to my sister and her boyfriend, but I’ll have to get creative with them.