MAKES 1½ CUP LOOSELY PACKED CANDY
8 cups water, or as needed
2½ cups sugar or more
Peel the lemons lengthwise with a paring knife or potato
peeler; try to avoid as much pith as possible. Boil the
strips in 2 cups of water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse and
repeat twice to help reduce the bitterness. After that,
combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar and bring to
a simmer until sugar dissolves, then add the lemon peel.
Stirring occasionally, simmer the peel until it softens,
which can take 15 minutes to an hour. Once the peel is
tender, use tongs and remove each peel individually. Cool
and let dry on a wire rack. Then roll the peel in sugar and
store at room temperature in an airtight container.
This chewy, sweet candy is great
by itself, chopped and added to
cookie recipes, or as a topping
on cakes. You can also substitute
oranges or grapefruit peel for
different citrus-peel candy.
Candied Lemon Peels