Monday, December 6, 2010


Can anyone say SUGARED FRUIT!!!!! I even like these...a little time consuming to make but the peels of these fruits are so full of sweet. The added bonus from this recipe is you will have some fruit flavored simple syrup leftover for your favorite cocktail!!!!! I am always thinking!
Choose citrus fruits with thicker peels for the best results. Thinner skins turn out a bit leathery. You will need to blanch the peels several times to make them less bitter...but sooo worth it. This serves a big crowd.
3 cups of citrus fruit peels. From about 4 large oranges, 2 large grapefruits and about 6-8 lemons.
2-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup of water
Cut the fruit peels lengthwise into about 1/4 inch wide strips. Save the actual fruit for juice or some other recipe.
In a large sauce pan add all the peels. Add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain and cover with cold water. Repeat this two more times. After the third time remove from pan and set aside.
In the same saucepan combine 1-1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add the peels and reduce the heat and let the liquid simmer and slightly bubble for about 45-60 minutes. Stir occasionally. Drain the peels reserving the syrup!!!!!!. Set a rack over some wax paper and put the remaining sugar in a bowl. Roll the peels in the sugar and shake off excess. Place on the rack for about 5-6 hours. When dried, store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Kids and Adults Love These!!!!!


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