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Candied Citrus Peel | Candied Orange and Lemon Peels

Xmas is here and it is time to plan the holiday baking and what better place to start than making Candied Citrus Peel, Once you make them at home the store bought will never be good enough!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course condiments
Cuisine global vegetarian
Servings 2 small


  • 6 lemon peels
  • 6 orange peels
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • cup sugar 1/3 for decoration


  • Cut the peels of the lemons and oranges in 1/4 inch thickness. Make sure you remove most of the pits from them.
  • In a medium sized saucepan, place the lemon and orange peels and pour in enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, drain and set aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil and cook until the mixture reaches the thread stage. To check when has it reached the thread stage, drop a small amount in cold water - if it forms a soft thread; it is done.
  • If you have a candy thermometer, bring it to 108 degrees C. Add in the boiled peels, reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Drain the excess water with a sieve.
  • Roll the peel pieces, a few at a time, in the 1/3 cup of sugar that was set aside for decoration. Let the pieces dry on a wire rack. They are ready for consumption as soon as they are of room temperature. Store in an airtight container for later use.


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