When I think of summer, I think of citrus fruit. We live in Florida so there is an abundance of lemons, limes, and oranges growing in our own neighborhood. A lot of citrus is actually ripe in the winter months, but that does not change my craving for all things citrus once the temperatures rise. Candied citrus is no exception. Candied lemons are the perfect easy garnish for cakes, cupcakes, cocktails, or even as a snack. You could just as easily candy limes or orange slices as well. Be sure to allow the candied lemons plenty of time to cool. They will stay a bit sticky but be firm enough to cut into smaller pieces once they are cooled and set.
2 lemons, sliced thinly
1 cup refined sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
2/3 cups water
Add water and sugar to medium sized pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
Remove any seeds from the lemon slices and add them to the water and sugar mixture. Allow the lemons to simmer for about 15 minutes.
Remove lemons from the water sugar mixture carefully, using a pair of tongs and transfer them to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with extra sugar.
Let the lemons cool at room temperature until completely cool. Store in the fridge in an air tight container.