If you're a fan of sweet and sour flavors, then you'll definitely want to try making Meyer lemon candied peels at home! These zesty peels are not only tasty on their own, but they also make a great garnish for cocktails, coffee, cakes, and more. Candying the peels with sugar turns them into a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of day. Meyer lemons have a sweeter, more floral flavor than regular lemons, which makes them perfect for this recipe. In this blog post, we'll take you through the step-by-step process of making candied peels as well as share some creative ways to use them in your favorite recipes.
20 years ago, our founder, Karin Campion, started creating simple syrups in her kitchen using an abundance of Meyer lemons from her garden. This was the beginning for Sonoma Syrup Co., and our proprietary process of hand-peeling, squeezing, and steeping in kettles to create our initial flavor — the Meyer Lemon Infused Simple Syrup — remains the same today.
Now decades later, Karin continues to share her special recipes to get the most enjoyment out of the abundance of Meyer lemons growing in her garden.
What You'll Need
- A bunch of Meyer lemons
- Sonoma Syrup Co. Meyer Lemon Infused Simple Syrup
- Sonoma Syrup Co. Organic Pure Vanilla Bean Extract "Crush®"
- Cane sugar
After you wash and dry the Meyer lemons, cut the lemon into fourths to make peeling easier. Cut the peel into strips, about 1/4 inch wide. Remove any excess white pith from the peel. (Reserve the lemon juice for other recipes)!
In a medium-sized saucepan, bring the simple syrup to a simmer. Add the vanilla extract and lemon peels and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the peels have become tender, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from heat and let the peels cool in the syrup for about 10 minutes.
Once cooled, remove the peels from the syrup and transfer them to a bowl of sugar, coating completely. Transfer them to a wire rack to dry for a few hours, or until the peels are no longer sticky. Once dry, the Meyer lemon candied peels are ready to use as a garnish for cocktails, coffee, desserts or as a sweet treat on their own.
Delicious…! so fun to use these dried and sweet lemons in cocktails, on top of cakes, and even on my cheese boards. LOVE.