Candied Clementine Peel

I was curious if there was something I could do with the peels of all these tiny clementines I've been eating. In this post, I'm sharing my candied clementine peel. While for me it's something of a curiosity, if you collected the peels of a few at once, this could turn into a regular treat.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

-1 clementine
-1/4 c brown sugar
-1 to 2 T granulated sugar

Cleanly remove the peel from the clementine, I sliced a strip out of the middle. Carefully remove the pith from the interior of the peel, or as much as you can because it can be bitter. Cut the peel into strips or one inch squares.

Boil the peels for about 10 minutes, then remove and let dry on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Next, bring 1/4 cup of water to boil with the 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Return the clementine peel to the pot and boil for roughly another 10 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning. It will be done when the syrup has thickened. Transfer the peels back to the wire rack to cool for an hour. The citrus-infused syrup can now be used to sweeten and flavor tea, for example.

After the peel has dried for an hour or more, toss it in the 1-2 tablespoons granulated sugar. The sugar should adhere and evenly coat the candy peel. Enjoy the resulting light and sweet citrus candy!


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