Thursday, December 15, 2011

Candied orange peel

I got candy crazy before Xmas :)

There are sooo many amazing and, no doubt, delicious candy and sweet recipes.

My thought go to candied orange peel because I looove oranges and hate wasting food.

I was always sure that it's pointless to even attempt making candied orange peel (COL, in short) - I was sure the store bought is full of secret ingredients that make it taste in this special way.

Thank God I saw somebody do this on Pinterest the other day. I made it and it's delicious. As soon as it dries thoroughly I'm dunking it in chocolate. May even give it to my family as a Xmas gift...

Candied Orange Peel
Some facts:
My rating: 9/10
Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 2-3 days (including drying)
  • 6 oranges (2 oranges) - the sweeter the better
  • 4 cups sugar (1 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 1/2 cup water (1/2 cup water)
  • chocolate to cover
Cooking instructions:

Peel the oranges and cut the peel in thin stripes.

Take a pan, put peel inside and cover with water.
Bring to boil. Drain the peel and rinse it with cold water.
Repeat the process two more times.

Put sugar and water in a pan and bring to boil (on low heat)
Let it simmer for about 8-9 minutes - don't stir to avoid crystals.

Dunk the peel stripes in the simmering sugar.

Stir to cover all stripes with the boiling mixture.

Cover the pan with a lid.

Leave it to simmer for about 45 - 60 minutes on really low heat.

You know the peel is ready when it gets translucent and glossy.

It's good to uncover the pan after 30 minutes and leave it to simmer uncovered for 5-10 minutes.

Then add 3-4 tablespoons of cold water because the sugar mixture will reduce a bit while cooking uncovered. Be careful because the hot mixture will boil vigorously when you add cold water. Best do it from a certain distance - i.e. do not put your hands directly over the pan.

My orange peel got glossy after about 55 minutes.

Take the pan off the heat.

Prepare a baking paper sheet or a rack and baking paper and put the peel on it.

I separated each peel with two forks so that they don't stick together.

Leave to dry for about 2-3 days.

Then you can dip it in melted chocolate and leave to dry for some more.

Seriously, try this!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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