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Candied Lemon Peel

Yield Makes 1/4 pound


  • 4 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water

How to Make It

  1. Peel lemons, and scrape white pith from rind. (Reserve lemons for other uses.) Cut rind into 1/4-inch strips.

  2. Simmer lemon peels in salted water to cover 20 minutes. Drain. Rinse with cold water, and drain on paper towels.

  3. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Cook until syrup registers 234° (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer (about 5 minutes). Add lemon peel. Cook, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes. If lemon peel begins to brown, immediately remove from heat.

  4. Remove peels from syrup with a wooden skewer, one piece at a time, and roll in remaining 1/2 cup sugar. (Candy is very hot; do not touch.) Arrange in a single layer on a wire rack, and dry 4 to 5 hours. Store in an airtight container.