How to Candy Limes
Have you ever wondered how to make those deliciously candied limes that professional bakers present with their key lime pies? Candied limes are typically used as a sweet and savory garnishment for key lime pies and can also be used to garnish other desserts or drinks. Some people enjoy them as a stand-alone delicious snack. You will be surprised to find out how easy it is to make them. With our step by step instructions on how to candy limes, we will guide you through the simple process of making your next delicious dessert garnish or snack. Be sure to make plenty to go around!
Note: Make the candied limes a couple days before required as they need to sit for 1 to 2 days before they are ready.
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook Time: 15 mins.
Step #1. Prepare Ingredients
You will need the following to candy limes:
Step #2. Slice the Limes
Cut limes in thin rounds.
OPTIONAL: At this point, you may wish to blanch the lime slices in boiling water for 2 minutes in the pot and then drain to remove bitterness. Then proceed to step #3. This is optional and depends on your preference.
Step #3. Add Ingredients to Deep Pot
Mix water, lime juice and sugar in a deep pot.
Step #4. Dissolve Sugar & Add Limes
Bring to medium heat. When the sugar is dissolved, add the lime slices.
Step #5. Simmer
Simmer for 15 minutes, until the white pith looks translucent (thicker slices may take longer).
Step #6. Remove Limes
Place the lime slices on a non-stick baking sheet (like these silicone mats here) or foil.
Step #7. Pour Syrup Over Lime Slices
Pour some extra syrup over each slice.
Step #8. Let the Limes Sit & Serve
Let the limes sit for 1-2 days. Serve.
As you can see, it doesn't take a professional baker or chef to transform plain lime slices into a sweet and delicious candy treat. Not sure where to put the limes? They can be served as a garnishment on a drink, on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and pies, or even in a bowl. Candied limes are such a quick and easy treat to make. This makes them desirable for dinner parties and birthdays. They can be served to one person or to a whole group. No matter how you use them, these treats are irresistible.
Store the candied limes in an airtight container and in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.
How do you plan to serve your candied limes?
How to Candy Limes
- 6 limes
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 cup sugar
- Cut limes in thin rounds.
- Mix water, lime juice and sugar in a deep pot.
- Bring to medium heat. When the sugar is dissolved, add the lime slices.
- Simmer for 15 minutes, until the white pith looks translucent (thicker slices may take longer).
- Place the lime slices on a non-stick baking sheet (like these silicone mats here) or foil.
- Pour some extra syrup over each slice.
- Let the limes sit for 1-2 days. Serve.
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