Peel the citrus fruit (lemons and oranges, grapefruit is apparently good too) and scrape away the bitter pith.
Cut the peel into narrow strips and simmer in boiling water until soft.
Make a sugar syrup by dissolving a cup of sugar in a cup of water and add the tender peel.
Simmer again until the peel is translucent.
Drain, cool, refrigerate.
It’s Good Friday, not that you would really be aware of that here as everyone seems to be hard at work and I’ve not heard any mention of Easter being anything more than Easter Sunday. Would be nice to have Bill on holiday for a long weekend right now. He’s running himself rather ragged at work and when Sam arrives and he takes some time off then, that’s hardly going to be very relaxing.
Anyway, of course, there are no hot cross buns to be found and you can’t have Easter without them, so once again I am endeavouring to make my own.
With no mixed spice, currants or mixed peel to be found in an American supermarket, as usual translating a British recipe is more difficult than it should be. I’m going to substitute Pumpkin Pie Spice for the Mixed Spice, currants are pretty much covered by raisins, and I’ve just cooked up a batch of mixed peel following the recipe above. Hope it works, I love hot cross buns!