Today I’m going to show you how to make candied lemon slices which make a perfect garnish for so many things.
Start by thinly slicing a lemon. You can do this by eye, but it really works best if you slice the lemons very thinly and very evenly. A mandolin is the perfect kitchen tool, but here’s what you can do if you don’t have a mandolin…
Place a lemon, cut side down, between two wooden skewers, then rest your knife across the skewers as shown, and carefully cut the lemon into thin slices.
Okay, now it's time to blanch the lemon slices in boiling water for 5 minutes. This softens the rind and reduces bitterness; drain and reserve. In the same saucepan, add fresh water and sugar (recipe below). Stir to dissolve sugar; add the lemon slices and bring to a slow boil. Reduce to a simmer; simmer for 1 hour.
Spray a cooling rack with non-stick spray and place the individual lemon slices in a single layer, not touching, to dry for 24 hours. Note - these never really dry; they stay sticky, but they will firm up after 24 hours. Store in an airtight container separated with wax paper.
Chewy, sweet, and oh so pretty - I used these candied lemon slices to garnish a quick and easy Lemon Mousse.
Candied Lemon Slices
1 lemon, thinly sliced
2 cups water to blanch lemon slices
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Thinly slice lemon.
Blanch in 2 cups boiling water for 5 minutes; drain.
In the same saucepan, stir together 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cups sugar; stir to dissolve sugar.
Add blanched lemon slices and heat until the mixture starts to boil slightly.
Reduce to simmer; simmer uncovered for 1 hour.
Remove from heat.
Spray a cooling rack with non-stick spray and place individual lemon slices in a single layer to dry for up to 24 hours.
Store in an airtight container separated with wax paper.
Note: The lemon infused sugar syrup can also be used to make sorbet, ice tea, etc.