Candied grapefruit peel

Candied grapefruit peel
Not really a dessert, more a kind of sweet. After soakiing, strips of grapefruit skin are cooked very slowly to conservethem in sugar. It's a real treat with coffee at the end of a meal.
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Last modified on: December 20th 2018

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For 500 g, you will need:
  • 1 grapefruit 4 grapefruits
  • 2 caster sugar 350 g caster sugar
  • 3 granulated sugar 100 g granulated sugar
  • Total weight: 1,810 grams

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #1
Get skins from 4 grapefruits , organic if possible, and clean to remove all traces of wax or other products from the skin, then rinse.

You should have 4 equal sized pieces of peel per grapefruit.

Stage 2 - 7 min.
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #2
Cut each piece of peel into strips about 0.5 cm or ¼ inch wide.

Stage 3
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #3
If you keep some flesh of fruits with skins because you have peel fruit completely, don't remove it, actually it's better.

Stage 4 - 12 hours
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Put these strips in a pan, cover with cold water and leave overnight.

Next day, change water and leave about 4 hours longer.

Note: We do that because we want to remove excessive bitter of skins.

Stage 5 - 4 min.
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #5
After this time, drain peel strips and weigh them. Then put in a pan with their weight in sugar, and their weight in water (if possible filtered or mineral to avoid the chlorine taste).

Stage 6 - 1 hour
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #6
Cook slowly over gentle heat, stiring from time to time...

Stage 7
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... until there is hardly any liquid left.

Stage 8 - 12 hours
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #8
Spread out on a cooking parchment on a baking sheet.

Leave overnight or longer, until they become a bit firm (to your taste).

Stage 9 - 5 min.
Candied grapefruit peel : Photo of step #9
Then roll in a little caster sugar with a fork to coat them lightly.

Keep in an airtight container.
It's possible to use other citrus fruit: oranges, lemons, limes and clementines.
Several weels in a closed container.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,317 Kcal or 9,701 Kj8 gr572 gr0 gr
116 %3 %54 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
128 Kcal or 536 Kj< 1 gr32 gr0 gr
6 %<1 %3 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 500 g : 2.38 €

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  • My mom has a traditional way of cooking it, and I love it. My mom keep the white layer of grapefruit too along with skin.she soaked it into water and change water till bitterness is gone, she then simply fried it with garlic, sugar and soy sauce, delicious..
    Posted by Ling february 16th 2017 at 17:49 (n° 1)
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