Candied lemon slices are a decadent treat. And they’re also very pretty to decorate cakes and cookies. This is an easy, no-fuss recipe on how to make candied lemon slices at home with only two ingredients: lemons and sugar.
Candied Lemon Slices
- 2 organic lemons
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup (100ml) water
Slice The Lemons
Wash the lemons. Then slice them into 1/4-inch (1/2 cm) thick slices. Using a knife, carefully remove the seeds.
Combine sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.
Add Lemon Slices
Some recipes for homemade candied lemon slices say to blanch the lemon slices in boiling water to reduce the bitterness. But unless you use lime instead of lemon, this step isn’t necessary.
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As soon as the sugar is dissolved, add the lemon slices. Cover the pot with a lid and cook covered for about 1 hour. During the last fifteen minutes the syrup begins to foam: Check often to prevent the candied lemon slices from burning or the syrup from boiling over.
Using a fork, remove the candied lemon slices from the lemon syrup. And transfer them to a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Let the candied lemon slices dry for some days at room temperature.
You can use the leftover lemon syrup to flavor tea, cookies, lemonade or ice cream.
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Store Candied Lemon Slices
Put the DIY candied lemon slices into an airtight glass jar and store in the fridge. Because of the high sugar content, they usually keep for a long time, especially in the fridge. They’re fine as long as there’s no mold growing on them.
Uses For DIY Candied Lemon Slices
Candied lemon slices are a delicious treat on its own: The whole slice is edible, even the peel. You can also dip them in chocolate. Or use them to decorate cakes and cookies.
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