Candied Lemon Peels from Leftovers

November 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm (Other Drinks) (, )

I finally figured out what to do with all the leftover lemon peels after making a batch of limoncello.  I made a beautiful batch of candied lemon peels.  It took some experimenting and since I had two batches of lemon peels, I had more than enough to work with.

I made a simple syrup of 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water.  Bring it to a boil, then add the lemon peels and boil them until they are translucent.  At least that is what the recipe said.  They got kind of translucent, not very, but you could see the difference.  Drain them and spread them out, let them dry a little.

I then put some sugar in a bowl and added some of the peels.  I mixed it around and added more peels, then more sugar as needed.  It got kind of granular all over the outside.  I did this with the whole batch until they all had a good coating of sugar.  I then put them in the oven at 170 degrees for a while to dry out.

When they cooled and dried a bit, I sprinkled sugar all over again and tossed them around again.

What didn’t work – the second batch I put in the oven to dry without first tossing them with sugar.  When they came out of the oven, they were kind of tough and curled up.  I’m not sure I boiled them enough, so I don’t know if they got too dry because they weren’t precoated or just not cooked enough in the first place.  I tossed them with some more sugar but they just aren’t as good as the first batch.

And of course my wife saved the leftover lemon flavored simple sugar.  I think it’s basically just limoncello without the alcohol.  Great for ice cream.

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