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Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Kelli Ronci Photo by: Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Kelli Ronci

Candied Citrus Peels

Blanching the peels three times helps remove their bitterness. The peels are delicious on their own, but dipping them in chocolate makes them extra-special.

Sunset DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Makes 4 1/2 cups (serving size: 2 tbsp.)
  • Total:2 Hours

Ingredients

  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 1/2 cups sugar, divided

Preparation

1. Score grapefruit, oranges, and lemons through peel from top to bottom in 6 sections for grapefruit and 4 for oranges and lemons (don't cut into fruit.) Pull off strips of peel with your fingers. Slide a small, sharp knife along inside of peels to remove excess membrane so peels are about 1/4 in. thick. Cut peels lengthwise into strips about 1/2 in. wide in center and tapered on ends.

2. Put peels in a 3- to 4-qt. saucepan and add cold water to cover. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat twice more.

3. Refill pan with 2 1/2 cups water and 2 1/2 cups sugar; bring to a boil, making sure that sugar dissolves. Add peels and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until peels turn translucent and syrup begins to form bigger bubbles, about 1 1/2 hours.

4. Drain peels, saving syrup for other uses (such as topping pancakes) if you like. Spread peels on a nonreactive cooling rack set on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let peels dry overnight.

5. Put remaining 1 cup sugar in a bowl and toss peels in sugar by the handful, shaking off excess. Put peels on a clean baking sheet and let them dry 1 more day.

6. Serve peels plain or dipped in chocolate.*

*Melt 10 oz. chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate in a small pan over barely simmering water. Dip peels halfway into chocolate; set on baking sheets lined with waxed paper. Chill until set, about 30 minutes.

Make ahead: Up to 3 months, chilled airtight.

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 96
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.0g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 25g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sodium: 27mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
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