Candied Citrus Peels -- Lemon and Orange

by Jimmie

Candied (or glaceed) citrus peels are a common ingredient in Christmas fruitcake, Easter breads, and biscotti. Keep sugared peels on hand for baking projects year round.

Where to Find Candied Lemon and Orange Peel

It is easy to find dried fruits such as raisins, cranberries, cherries, and blueberries year round. But finding candied citrus peels is much harder. In December, it is not too hard to find fruitcake mix which is mostly candied orange peel plus a few cherries. But if you don't stock up at that time, you won't be able to find any more come spring when you want to make an Easter bread or in the fall if you want to make biscotti.

Fortunately, the Internet has made shopping for gourmet foods convenient year round. At Amazon you can purchase American made and imported glaceed lemon and orange peels.

Candied Orange and Lemon Peel

From Barry Farm in Ohio
Candied Orange Peel, Diced, 1 lb.
Only $5.60
Candied Diced Lemon Peel, 1 lb.
Only $5.60

Candied Orange Peel

Natural Colors

The candied peel shown above is American made. As you can see, it has not been dyed with strange colors like the red and green we find in Christmas fruitcake mix. Instead, the colors are the natural colors of lemons and oranges. The natural colors make candied peel a better choice for year-round baking when you don't want vivid red and green. 

Barry Farms peel is in small, irregular pieces, so it is best for using inside baked goods like biscotti, panettone, and fruitcake. For garnish, use the more attractives strips shown below.

Candied Orange Peel on Cake

Chocolate Chip Cake With Candied Orange Peel
Chocolate Chip Cake With Candied Oran...

Healthier, More Natural Strips

Besides use in fruitcakes and baked goods, candied lemon and orange peel is a wonderful, edible garnish for desserts and dishes. 

Imported candied peels are usually more expensive, but have fewer chemicals and do not use high fructose corn syrup. For example, the ingredients in the lemon peel linked above are Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Sorbate Potassium, Traces of Sulphur Dioxide, and Citric Acid.

Buying candied lemon or orange peel in bulk will make the unit price cheaper, so consider buying a few pounds at a time.

Another plus to these imported peels is the shape. Mostly uniform strips make for an attractive presentation if you want to serve them as a garnish or to eat plain. Candied peels dipped in chocolate are a fancy treat as well, and you will need neat strips for dipping.

Pannetone

An Italian Christmas Bread With Candied Fruit
Pannetone With Candied Fruit
Pannetone With Candied Fruit

Recipes Using Glaceed Lemon and Orange Peel

Candied citrus peels, both lemon and orange, feature in many baked goods. Here are some of the very best recipes for using glaceed peels.

Panettone Recipes

  1. Panettone with Candied Fruit -- This recipe explains how to make the traditional Italian fruitcake which is more bread-like than cake.
  2. American-Style Panettone -- A wonderful adaptation for American palettes that prefer a sweeter taste.

Easter Bread Recipes

  1. Easter Bread Shaped Like a Dove -- A beautiful presentation for a bread that is not only delicious but symbollic.
  2. Russian Easter Bread -- A traditional classic of European culture, studded with glazed citrus peel.
  3. Easter Fruit Loaf -- Chop the candied peels very fine for the best presentation with this recipe.

Biscotti Recipes

  1. Candied Orange Peel Biscotti -- A basic recipe for beginners.
  2. Fruitcake Biscotti -- Use your combination of dried and candied peels to this biscotti recipe.
  3. Chocolate Orange Biscotti -- Dark chocolate flavor is pleasantly balanced by the zip of candied orange peel.
Updated: 02/24/2012, Jimmie
 
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ethelsmith on 12/10/2011

Yummy looking forward to the feast :)

bizilady on 12/09/2011

This made my moth water Jimmie! I can smell the citrus...

Marie on 12/08/2011

Mmm, I love anything citrus! That photo of Pannetone makes me want to eat one right now. Great idea for an article.

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