Sugared Lemons and Limes

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Sugared lemons and limes are the perfect garnish for special desserts and pretty cakes!


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  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large organic lemons
  • 3 organic limes
  • 1/2 cup extra fine sugar


  1. Wash lemons and limes, pat dry and thinly slice into approx. 1/8-1/4 inch slices. Make sure you don’t slice them too thin or you will lose the pulp as they boil.
  2. In one large pot add 2 cups of water and 1½ cups of the granulated sugar. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. In another large pot do the same, this is so you have one pot for the lemons and one pot for the limes.
  3. Lower to a simmer and add a layer of sliced lemons (don’t overcrowd them) to one pot and sliced limes in the other pot. Simmer lemons and limes for 20-25 mins or until translucent. Carefully transfer to a drying rack, lined with wax paper. Repeat until you’ve used all the lemon/lime slices.
  4. Let lemon and lime slices air-dry overnight (you can remove the wax paper at this point).
  5. Then press each slice into a bowl of extra fine sugar and place back on the drying rack. Let sugared lemons and limes dry for approx. 1 hour (depending on how sticky your slices are).


Store sugared fruit between pieces of waxed or parchment paper and place in a container with the lid ajar for 1 month.

Continue to re-sugar lemons as needed. Sometimes it takes 3-4 times.

Reserve syrup for another use.


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