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Monday, April 13, 2009

Candied Lemon Peels!

Peas of Mind is based out of San Francisco, California. Although, there are times we miss the seasons of the Midwest and East Coast, there is one thing that we never get sick of-amazing fresh produce!

We are very lucky to have some of the best fruits, vegetables and nuts growing, literally, in our own backyard. Last week a friend of ours was kind enough to deliver hand picked lemons from one of her trees, and of course we accepted with open arms.

We had so many lemons; we made lemon bars, lemonade, and our favorite was candied lemon peels. They are super easy, high in Vitamin C, and satisfies the sweet tooth without the artificial flavors and yucky high fructose corn syrup found in store bought candy.

  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 cup sugar (add a little extra for sprinkling)
  • 1 cup water

Using a vegetable peeler, peel the rind off each lemon in strips (from stem to bottom of lemon). Avoid the white part of the rind, called the pith, because this will make the candy bitter.

In a small saucepan, boil lemon rinds in water. Boil until the rinds are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove rinds, submerge in cold water for 2 minutes and pat dry with a towel.

While your lemon rinds are boiling, begin your candy mixture. Mix together 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a non-stick saucepan. Bring this mixture to a boil then add lemon rinds. Leave rinds in the mixture until they are translucent, about 10-15 minutes. Carefully remove rinds with tongs and set them on a plate to cool. Sprinkle a little raw sugar on top for texture, and allow the lemon peels to cool for about 2 hours. these little gems are fantastic on top of frozen yogurt, which of course, is sitting on top of a piping hot Banana Puffet!

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