|My good Twitter friend, Garrick_S says that this photo
makes me look like Homer Simpson.
If you’ve never had a candied peel before, the whole concept of eating a peel may seem rebellious. But like those who love to suck the marrow out of beef bones will tell you, sometimes food parts that you think should be tossed should actually be tossed into your mouth! To make the candied citrus peel, you need to first blanche the peel four times (don’t worry, I’ll tell you how to do this below). It’s somewhat time-consuming (I did mine while watching an episode of Glee so the time flew) but necessary because it removes a lot of the bitterness from the peels. They don’t taste anything like they would if you just took a bite into them. Then, you essentially make caramel and let it stick to the peels. You end up with a chewy, crunchy citrus caramel candy that still has a slight bitterness to it to cut the sweet.
Candied Orange Peel (and Grapefruit Peel) Recipe
I got the original recipe for candied orange peels from VeganBaking.net. As I said above, I ended up messing up the recipe in a way that made me happy to have made the mistake. Instead of the traditional smooth candied peel that the VeganBaking recipe makes, I ended up making crusty caramel coated peels. Here’s my adaptation of the recipe.