Candied Lemon Peel

These are great to decorate puddings with or to use in baking. Furthermore, if dipped partly in dark chocolate they are a beautiful little after dinner treats…

3 lemons
500ml water
225g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
The trick to getting these gorgeous little treats right is to boil them in clean water a few times before actually using them in the recipe. This will take the bitterness away and make them really tender.
    • Peel the lemons as thinly as you can – if you have a zester then that will do fine – but you can just as easily use a sharp knife. If using a knife, cut the thing pieces of zest into thin strips. Try and get as much of the white flesh off the peel as you can.
    • Place the peel in a saucepan in cold water and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-5 minutes, discard the water and repeat this two times (with fresh water every time).
    • Bring the 500ml of water to boil in a small pan.
    • Add the lemon peel and boil lightly for 10-15 minutes or until they are tender (it depends on their thickness – taste or feel them as you go)
    • With a slotted spoon remove the peels from the water and add the sugar – give it a stir
    • Bring the sugary lemon water to a boil and add the peels again
    • Let this simmer/boil gently until the peels are transparent – again – time will depend on thickness
    • With a fork, scoop out the peels letting excess syrup stay in the saucepan. Separate them on a baking sheet and allow them to dry – this may take anything from a few hours to a few day depending on the temperature in your kitchen. The sugar will crystalise once dry.
    • You can use the syrup for Lemon Drizzle Cupcake Recipe or any other sweet lemon recipe
    • Toss the dried peels in caster sugar to create a pretty effect.
    • If you really want to indulge – dip them in melted dark chocolate. Naughty yes but the pleasure….

Top Tip

Beautiful on cupcakes and cakes, in cookies or just as a treat. Also makes a lovely gift – simply wrap in a pretty see through bag and tie with a cute string….