These days, everyone’s looking for a way to add excitement to their day.
You may have gone out and purchased a new bike or picked up a new set of rollerskates. Someone you know may have invested their time into a new hobby or skill.
It can be the simpler pleasures of like, such as sleeping an extra hour or sipping on your favorite cocktail. It can also be bumping up your kitchen game by incorporating a candied lemon peel into a recipe.
Make sure you keep reading to discover 5 ways to use this candied citrus.
1. Cake Decorations
Lemon-flavored desserts are the perfect summer night sweet snacks. A simple white cake and cream cheese icing recipe can be taken to the next level by using candied lemon peel to decorate the top.
2. Sidecar Cocktail Garnish
This delicious cocktail features a mixture of lemon juice, Cognac, and Cointreau. It’s typically garnished with an orange slice and sugar rim, but you can replace the orange slice with candied lemon.
3. Lemon Meringue Pie Topping
Your family cookouts wouldn’t be the same without the traditional lemon meringue pie. Surprise them this year by topping it with candied lemon.
4. Lemon Scone Filling
As you sip on your evening tea or coffee, indulge in a lemon scone. People add things like cranberries or raisins to their lemon scones but shake things up by tossing in some sliced candied lemon peel.
5. Baked Chicken Surprise
Whether you’re experimenting with beet chips or changing up your traditional baked chicken recipe, the kitchen should be a place to have fun and experiment. Try throwing in some candied lemon slices with your chicken and potatoes.
How to Candy Lemons
To make candied lemon, gather several lemons, a bunch of water, a couple of cups of sugar, a peeler, and a pot for the stove. You can follow this recipe.
Use the peeler to peel off vertical strips from the lemon. Drop these strips in a couple of cups of water in the pot and bring the pot to a boil. Once it starts to boil, drain the water from the pot, refill it again with fresh water, and bring it all to a boil again.
Do this one more time. After the third time, remove the peels. Empty the pot and fill it with a couple of cups of sugar and one cup of water.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and whisk the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Once it’s dissolved, pop in your slices, bring down the heat, and let it simmer until the peels are soft.
Take out your tender peels and throw them into a bowl with about half a cup of sugar. Toss them in the sugar. Once they are coated, individually take them out and place them in a container.
Leave them in this container for a couple of weeks.
Ways to Experiment With Candied Lemon Peel
Using candied lemon peel in the kitchen may be different from anything else you’ve ever done, but it’s worth it. It can be used in a variety of ways.
Toss it in as garnish for your favorite cocktail or use it to top your favorite summer dessert. It leaves your guests wanting more!
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