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20.2.11

CANDIED CITRUS PEEL


I made candied citrus peel the other day – I could have eaten it all in one sitting… it was that good! But I valiantly packed it away into a jar, intending to make several more batches for the stollen I am planning to bake for Easter. Christmas was a hectic time, I was happy I got the beigli made. So I candied the peel and THEN I looked at some of the recipes and to my surprise I found an endless variety of peel recipes and all promising to be great. I remove the pith from the peel myself, that’s the white spongy lining that separates citrus fruits from their outer skin. The pith you see is bitter, especially when cooked or baked with. But then I read that “the pith makes the skin far more succulent once candied” Hmm. I should try that too. But in the meantime I am slowly filling the jar with candied peel.   

skin of 2 lemons
skin of 2 oranges
1-1/2 cups water
3/4 cup + 2/3 cup sugar

• Wash and dry the fruit well.
• Cut off both the top and the bottom of each fruit.
• Cut the peel off lengthwise in 1/2 inch sections with a sharp paring knife.
• Reserve the fruit for another use.
• Discard all pithy fruit membranes from peel.
• Cut peel into thin strips.
• Place the peel into a medium sized pot.
• Add 1-1/2 cups water and 3/4 cup sugar to the pot.
• Stir and bring to simmer. Cover the pot.
• Quietly simmer for two hours.
• After two hours remove uncover pot and continue slow simmer.
• When the liquid is reduced to 1/4 remove pot from heat.
• With a slotted spoon take out the cooked peel and place it on a platter for a short time.
• Reserve sugar syrup for another use.
• Put 2/3 cup of sugar in a bowl.
• Add the peels to the bowl and shake it a bit until sugar coats the peel.
• Line a large tray with parchment of wax paper.
• Transfer the peel to the tray and let it air-dry for a couple of hours.
• Pack candied peel into a clean jar and cover with a well fitting lid.
• Store candied peel in the cupboard.



    

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