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Candied Lemons are easily made at home on the stove and make beautiful toppings to cakes, pies, and more. You can also eat them plain!
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I’m super excited for the post I’m sharing with all of you tomorrow. But before I can share it with you, I wanted to give you all the how to on candying lemons. It might sound like a daunting process, but it’s actually quite simple. It takes several hours to make them, but most of that time is the wait time. Candied Lemons are perfect to add to desserts like I am, they make a lovely garnish for cocktails, or you can eat them all by themselves (they are candy after all).
The thing I love most about this recipe is that none of the ingredients go to waste! I like to take my sugar mixture and create a lemon simple syrup. The simple syrup is also great for adding to drinks and desserts like my Sansa’s Lemon Cakes! So get your lemon ready and let’s get candying! You’ll need a large pan and tongs for this recipe.
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- 1 lemon
- 1 cup sugar + additional for dipping optional
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- Slice lemon in 1/8-inch thin round slices.
- In a large skillet, combine water, sugar, and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
- Once sugar has dissolved, turn heat to medium-low.
- Add lemons in a single layer on top of the liquid, simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, turning the lemons over gently with tongs halfway through.
- Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn, turn to a lower heat if necessary.
- Remove lemons gently from the pan with tongs, keep liquid in pan, place lemon slices on parchment paper and allow them to set for at least 4 hours.
- Now, you can make a lemon simple syrup, simply add 1/2 cup of water to the existing liquid, stir and let cool. Transfer to a air tight container and store in the fridge for future use.
- Optional: If you want to make these candied lemons even sweeter and prettier, dip them in granulated sugar after they've set.