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Candied Citrus

Sugar clings like crystals to these delicate strands of candied citrus. These can be served as candy, or us them as a garnish.

Step 1
Wash citrus fruit. 
Using a very sharp peeler, 'shave' just the very outside skin of fruit. The key to good candied fruit is to not get any of the white bitter pith when shaving the fruit.

Step 2
Cut peels into thin strips.
Place in a small sauce pan and cover with water.
Bring to a boil and reduce to a slow boil for 10 minutes to soften peel.
Step 3
Using a large slotted spoon drain citrus strands. 

Step 4
Lay strands on a rack to dry for about 1/2 hour.
While they are drying, make a simple syrup in a small sauce pan of 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water.
Bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved. Add peel, reduce heat to a slow boil and allow peel to candy as it cooks for approximately 10 -12 minutes.

Step 5
Strain once again using the slotted spoon and lay out candied fruit on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place in oven on 'warming' setting or lowest setting on your oven. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
Remove and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with white sugar to coat. 

Enjoy the candied citrus on their own or use as a garnish.
Check out our recipe index for some delicious jelly roll recipes and garnish with candied citrus. 


  1. Very cool idea! Looks amazing as a garnish! Rhoda

  2. Thank you for sharing this garnish recipe ... will be using it soon. Barb

  3. Gorgeous Kathy! I am always wishing I had this on hand, when plating. You've made the entire process look so very simple :) Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings to All ღ
    Anna (Toronto)

  4. What a fantastic tutorial on how to make this beautiful and tastey garnish! You make it lool so easy.

  5. Can I have a slice of that please, it looks delicious.

  6. Looks great! I've made candied ginger, but never this--will have to try it sometime! :)

  7. shirley bertheletteJune 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Kathy this has nothing to do with your lovely recipe ,,,just would like to know if I could freeze a rhubarb and stawberry Pie baked

    1. Yes you can freeze rhubarb and strawberry pie....although not fresh strawberry pie. Has to be a cooked filling. I hope that helps.

  8. Beautiful. And that jelly roll sure brings back memories. It's been a long time since I've made one or eaten one. They are a rather rare treat now aren't they?


  9. When I was young I loved chocolate covered orange peel. Does this store well or do you have to use right away? I'm sorry...I always have questions! LOL! I imagine you might be able to freeze it?

  10. My mom made these at Christmas time. My favorite ones were the ones she dipped in chocolate!

  11. Picture perfect Kathy! I love all the photos and the ideas.

  12. This things are perfect: chopped up, mixed in your regular brownie mixture - creates something truly magnificent..
    ...and now I need a brownie. :)

    Thank you for sharing this.


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