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Candied Lemon Peel Appetizers

Making candied lemon peel is a great way to use up leftover lemon rind. It is great as an appetizer, as a snack with coffee or to decorate cakes. You can also chop it up and put it in cookies. Candied lemon peel tastes just like candy and you can actually use any citrus fruit to make candied fruit recipes. You might like to substitute orange peel, lime peel or grapefruit peel for the lemon peel, depending on how you are going to use it.

Cloves and brandy are used in some candied orange peel recipes and candied lemon peel recipes to add a spicy flavor but a simple sugar and water combination is perfect for the basic candied lemon peel recipe. You might like to make candied orange peel and candied lemon peel and serve them together.

This is such a simple recipe and a versatile one also. Serve candied lemon peel as a garnish, as a decoration to brighten up a bowl of green salad, as a topping for lemon cheesecake or a lemon pudding or serve it by itself for people to snack on. Lemon is very bitter, as you know, but candied lemon peel is sweet and juicy.

Sweet Candied Lemon Peel
Summary: Candied lemon peel can be used as a garnish or served as a sweet and tart tasting snack. The recipe is easy to make and the results are great.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Candied Appetizers
Serves: 8
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  • 3 lemons
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups water
  1. Cut the lemons into slices and take out the fruit pulp.
  2. Scrape off as much white pith as possible with a butter knife.
  3. Bring the water to a boil and add the lemon peels.
  4. Boil them for 5 minutes until soft, and then take them out of the water.
  5. Stir the sugar into the water and bring it back to a boil.
  6. Add the peels again and boil them until they are transparent.
  7. Drain the lemon peels and let them dry before storing.
  8. You might want to keep the cooking liquid to use as a lemon syrup in another recipe.

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Serve candied lemon peel with nuts, cheese and other savory bites, like you see in the photo, or use the slices to garnish your choice of canapés, tartlets or snacks. These are very simple to make and they will keep for a while once they are made, so make them well ahead if you wish, to free up your time to work on the other dishes. Lemon of course has a naturally tart flavor but adding sugar lends a sweetness to the overall flavor, making them tastier and even more versatile, as well as extending their shelf life.

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