Along with my usual holiday baking of sugar cookies, etc, I decided to try a couple new recipes this year. The first one is for Candied Citrus Peels. I found the recipe in Sunset magazine.
The first step is to section your chosen citrus fruit and then carefully peel. I tried to keep my peels in nice looking sections. (It didn't always work.)
The tricky part for me was getting the membrane off. After slicing away for quite a while I really understood why candied citrus peel is so expensive to purchase.
Here's a slice with membrane still attached and one where I've carefully cut the membrane away.
After boiling in water three times to help remove any bitterness, the final cooking takes place with sugar water and goes on for about 1 1/2 hours.
The final result are these translucent lovely looking peels which are sweetened from all that sugar.
The recipe calls for drying them overnight and then rolling them in more sugar. I couldn't get any sugar to stick to mine after they had dried. But it didn't matter, they still tasted great.
I did as the recipe suggested though, and dipped some of them in chocolate. Yummy!
I used the amount of fruit the recipe called for; one grapefruit, two oranges and two lemons. (I also added two lemons that a friend gave me earlier.) I'm glad I didn't buy any extra fruit, cutting all that membrane off the peels is very time consuming.
The results were delicious though. Here's the recipe:
The second new recipe I made this year was for Fruit Jellies.
This recipe is much easier to make.
Here is the finished result as I'm cutting it into squares.
You can make any shapes you like as you cut it out. I would suggest adding just a bit, 1/4 teaspoon or so, of flavoring to this recipe. It wasn't quite the sharp flavor I would have liked. Still good though. I made two batches, one from orange juice and one from lemon juice.
Here I've rolled them in sugar as suggested.
Kim came up with the bright idea to dip these in chocolate also. Great plan.
(Of course what can't be improved by being dipped in chocolate?)
Kim likes them chocolate covered so much that he wants me to dip the rest of them.
Here's the recipe:
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Do you have any plans to try new things/traditions/recipes this year?