By Renee Shelton
those wanting to know about candied zest, learning how to make it and
reading up on several different recipes, look it up in the Questions
and Answers: Candied Zest article.
citrus peel is a colorful and flavorful way to accent not only a dessert,
but the plate as well. Depending on the size of the zesting tool, the
candies can be thin or thick. If worked on a large lemon, or on a grapefruit
or orange, from top to bottom, the result can be long curled candied
peel great for decoration.
Above: Candied Orange Zest
and oranges are great because many desserts have those flavors as
a base or highlight in them. Using the zest brings it out more.
Grapefruit is good when used in those recipes using grapefruit,
and wonderful when using it to accent another dessert that compliments
it. Not all grapefruit peel has a strong color, like the orange
or the lemon, and can end up being very pale and unattractive when
finished. What I like to do is add a splash of grenadine syrup to
the cooking syrup the grapefruit zest is being boiled or simmered
in, to bring out colors or to give it a color boost. Limes can be
tricky as their skins are generally thinner than that of a lemon
or orange. Buy those that have firm, thick skins; you aren't looking
for the juice but concentrating on the peels instead.
many different recipes for all kinds of candied zest and peels, ranging
from stronger to thinner cooking syrups, different tossing sugars (granulated
or powdered) or leaving in a syrup, and storing in the cooler or leaving
at room temperature. Look at the dessert it's being used on; that can
help narrow the selections of recipes down to only those needed. Also,
why make the same type over and over; a fresh take on an old favorite
may be just what you're looking for.
recipes on this site for Candied Zest and Peels:
Candied Orange Zest
Candied Orange Peel
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