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Candied Citron

Candied Citron
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  • Cusine



2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup water

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons orange liqueur

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

2 cups citron, cut into thin slices


1. Wash and dry the citrons, then cut them into 1/2-inch cubes. Put the pieces in a large saucepan, cover with a sufficient amount of water so it won’t boil away, and blanch the citron pieces in barely simmering water for 30 to 40 minutes, until they’re translucent. 2. Drain the citrons, then put 3 cups of sugar, the 2 cups water, and the corn syrup in the pan with the citron pieces. 3. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot and cook the citron until the temperature reaches 230ºF. During the final minutes of cooking, if the citron pieces are sticking to the bottom of the pan, gently stir them from time to time with a heatproof spatula or spoon to prevent burning. 4. Once done, turn off the heat and let the citron pieces sit in the syrup for one hour. 5. You can preserve the candied citron in the syrup in the refrigerator for at least one year. Or you can let the peel sit in the strainer for a couple of hours, stirring it occasionally, to let as much of the syrup drip away as possible. When done, toss the pieces of citron in sugar and let sit on a wire rack overnight to dry out. Then shake off the excess sugar, reserving it for another baking project, like lemon curd, marmalade, or ice cream.