How to Make Candied Citrus

This decadent recipe makes the perfect decoration for many desserts and its combination of sweet and tart will excite your taste buds!

Serves 8 to 10
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lime
  • 10 1/8 ounces (300 ml) water
  • 8 1/3 ounces (240 grams) sugar
  • Half of a vanilla bean


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    Peel the fruit. Use the peeler to remove the zest from the lemon. Try to remove as little of the fleshy white pith as possible. Repeat for both the orange and the lime. Until all the fruits peel has been removed.
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    Slice the citrus peel. Carefully cut the lemon peel into long, thin slivers. Repeat this with the orange and then the lime peel. They can be cut into larger strips if you prefer, but will take longer to cook.
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    Blanch the peel. Put the cut strips into a saucepan of cold water and bring it to the boil. Cook for 1-2 minutes to remove some of the bitterness of the peel bitterness then strain into a sieve. This process is called blanching.
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    Make the syrup. Slice along the length of the vanilla bean without cutting all the way through. Then carefully open it up and scrape out the pulp with the blade of the knife. Place both the bean and the pulp into a saucepan. Add the water and sugar.
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    Cook the peel. Place the saucepan on a high heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Bring to the boil and add in the peel. Give it a quick stir and turn down the heat. Simmer in the syrup for approximately 15 minutes, until soft and translucent. Finally, transfer it into a bowl to cool.
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    Serve. When drained, use it to decorate cakes or any desserts. Stored in a sealed container, it will keep in the fridge for up to 6 months.
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Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Saucepan
  • Sieve
  • Spoon
  • Tray

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Categories: Fruit Desserts