Candied Orange and Lemon Peel | Preparation for Christmas Cake

Last  year when I was shopping for dried fruits & nuts for soaking in Brandy, I scoured the neighbourhood thoroughly looking for some candied orange and lemon peel.

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Candied Orange/ Citrus Peel

Candied Orange/ Citrus Peel

I didn’t find. I found it in a gourmet store for exorbitant prices. I bought little to just add the jazz to my Eggless Christmas cake.

This year I realized that I am dumb and I can easily make it at home.

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Dip it in chocolate for a wonderful snack

I set out to prove myself less dumb than projected. :)

I started with making Candied Lemon Peel and ended up caramelizing it. Again dumb! But it still tasted good… very good!

So I made the second attempt at Candied Orange Peel – I got perfect result. So much so that I had to keep out a whole cup of Candied Orange Peel for V to snack upon.

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Or roll in cinnamon and castor sugar for a wonderful aftertaste

In his words, it leaves a very good aftertaste and he loves munching on 1-2 peel every night before sleep to leave great taste in his mouth.

When he praises something with so many words, I bow down as he is very hard to please!

You can use the same recipe or process to candy any citrus peel. Though the timing will vary upon thickness of the peel and quantity.

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Pretty simple to make – only do no stir in between

2 cups of candied peel Conversion Chart Print

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

Ingredients

3 oranges
cup of sugar
cup of water
castor sugar or powdered sugar for rolling the peel

Preparation

1.Wash and pat dry the oranges. Peel them and for neat long peel, quarter the oranges.
2.Remove any pith or pulp that is attached to the skin using a small paring knife. Cut the peel into thin stripes.
3.Add the stripes in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring it to a boil. Simmer the heat for 2 minutes. Strain and discard the water. Repeat the process 2 more times. Boiling and draining repeatedly in water helps in removing most of the bitter taste of peel/ pith.
4.Heat water and sugar in a pan. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the orange peel. Cook for 45-50 minutes till the peel turns translucent. Do not stir during this process otherwise their will be crystallization.
5.Strain the syrup and store it for future use (Iced Tea or use it as soaking syrup for a cake). Roll the peel in castor sugar. Arrange on a wire rack and let dry for 6-8 hours or overnight. It took about 40 hours for the peel to dry completely for me. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Source: adapted from Everyday Musing

Use candied peel as a snack by dipping in melted chocolate.

You can add cinnamon powder to the castor sugar for rolling.

Boiling and draining repeatedly in water helps in removing most of the bitter taste of peel/ pith.

The timing of cooking the peel will vary upon thickness of the peel and quantity.

  • V

    Things that leave a good aftertaste are hard to come by…and you excel in those

  • Your line “This year I realized I am dumb” is so cute. :)
    I realize that more than once. :D

  • Looks interesting and easy and thanks for linking.

  • Thankyou for linking this lovely recipe to Lets cook preserves, jams and chutneys event.It looks great.

  • I can smell the greatness of this from here! Yum!