In preparation for Christmas, my daughter has program in her school this Thursday, and there will be some musicals (related to Christmas) performed by the kids in her school. She is participating. I update how it turned out. As for Christmas baking, I am planning to make some cookies, breads and cake along with my usual Christmas specials from my home town. For all those Christmas baking, I would like to have some candied lemon and orange peel in hand. So decide to make some candied citrus peel, which I can use it in my bakes.
In our backward we have lemon tree, which after 7 years has started bearing lemons. Even though the lemons are not as big as store bought ones but it is really juicy. The outer covering is very thin and is full of juice. You only need two small lemons to make enough drink for 4 people. During one harsh winter it even died, hubby want to remove it, I told him to wait until summer, and it came back with full force. I have stopped buying lemon from the store for the last two months, and I made candied lemon peel with these lemons. So it is extra special as it is homegrown. I know what we added is fresh made with just plucked lemons.
The candied orange peel were made with navel oranges, they are store bought. We have an orange tree too in the backyard, and it oranges that stay green, and not ripening. I don’t know what happened to them. Now winter is coming so getting ripe oranges will be long lost dream. During grocery shopping hubby brought five navel oranges and with 4 of them, I made candied orange peel. I found only little difference in making lemon and orange peel. My lemon has very thin peel and I need blanch them only for 2minutes whereas for orange I need to blanch them for 5 minutes. After blanching both peels three times, and drain the water you used for blanching every time, and also rinse them with water. Finally boil sugar and water; add blanched peel and let it simmer for about 90 minutes with occasional stirring in between. Finally when sugar syrup thickens and peels become transparent, remove from the heat and dry first for few minutes and then dredge in sugar so that it can get its classy look and also it won’t stick each other.
You can enjoy them as such by dipping in the chocolate, or morning smoothie or oatmeal or add to baked goods. It use is endless, try it only you need peel, water and sugar. Worth all the efforts, you can make sure they are superior in quality then any store bought peel.