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

Keywords for this recipe:Candied fruitsCitrus fruitsSkinSweetsConfectionery

For 500 g, you will need:

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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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