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I forgot to mention how to make candied lemon zest in my last post. First, you peel the lemon with a vegetable peeler. I found it was easiest to peel from the north to south poles of the lemon. Then you trim out any pith that may come along with the peel by carving it out with a knife, pith side up. Cut the peel into thinner strips and let the strips simmer in sugar water for 15 minutes. Voila! The peels are plump with sugar syrup, and are now translucent. Let them cool in the simple syrup and then fish them out one by one, rolling/tossing each one in a small tub of dry, granulated sugar. Making candied anything can be a little involved, but it’s easy enough to accomplish. They also make a zesty, sugary snack. I might want to candy some ginger next.

meyer lemon-raspberry cupcake

Candied Lemon Zest (adapted from here)

1 Meyer lemon, or 2
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water

Using a vegetable peeler, remove the yellow peel from the lemons in long strips. Cut the peel lengthwise into 1/8 inch wide strips. Stir 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water together in a saucepan, until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer.
Add the lemon peel. Let simmer for 15 minutes.
Place the remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Using a slotted spoon (I used a fork), remove the peel from the saucepan and transfer to the sugar bowl. Toss to coat. Let cool, then cover the bowl and let stand at room temperature over night.

meyer lemonade with thyme

After candying the peels, I saved the lemon zest-flavored simple syrup to make lemonade. I diluted it with water and liquefied it over heat (since it does gel when it cools), and then let it cool. Inspired by a surprisingly good ice cream flavor at Molly Moon’s, Meyer lemon & Rosemary (surprising, because the rosemary can often be overpowering), I combined the simple syrup with a sprig of thyme, some fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice, and more water. After some time in the fridge, a good shake, and many sips, I found my new favorite drink for rainy days.

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