Candied Lemon Zest Recipe

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Delicate and sweetly flavored, candied lemon zest can be used as a colorful garnish for any dish that would benefit from an enhancement of lemon.
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Ingredients
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • sugar to coat zest strips
Directions
PREP
45 mins
COOK
45 mins
READY IN
1.5 hrs
  • Wash lemons thoroughly. Trim zest from lemons using a vegetable peeler. Cut wide strips, being careful not to cut into the white pith layer below.  Cut zest strips lengthwise to create thin julienne strips.
  • Place julienne strips in a small sauce pan and cover with cold water. Cook over medium heat until the water comes to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 6 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, drain strips and then return them to the sauce pan.  Add water and sugar to the lemon strips in the sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a simmer. Continue to cook over low heat until the lemon strips turn translucent. The water and sugar should be starting to thicken. Cooking time will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When done cooking, remove strips from the pan and spread out on a sheet of wax paper. Separate the strips on the wax paper so they are not in clumps.
  • Once they have cooled slightly, roll in sugar until they are well coated.
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