Saturday, December 13, 2008

Candied Orange Peels Are Little Slices of Ecstasy

I have been wanting to make these pretty little things for so long. I think the first time I saw them was at Use Real Butter. I had some reservations, thinking they would be too bitter or something. I have to tell you, put away any notions you may have about what these things would taste like. make them and prepared to be totally wowed by these! When you bite into it, it's kind of like one of those jellied candy orange slices except WAYYYYYYYYYYYYY better. Can you tell I am in love. They are so worth any trouble you think they may be. It's all worth it.

Going between these two recipes is how I made mine. I did make an accident and put in more water than necessary with the sugar. However, I am now left with some amazing syrup that I will use with some vodka. Maybe some orange syrup. vodka with a spritz of cranberry juice or pomegranate juice, the possibilities are endless.

Candied Orange Peels recipe from Use Real Butter

Candied Orange Peels from Food Network

Here's what I did.

Candied Orange Peels

6 navel oranges
3 cups sugar
sugar for dredging

Slice ends off of the oranges. Slice as much of this peel as possible. (These little pieces would be great for putting in Pannetone or Stollen). Cut the orange peel and pith into 1/4 inch slices. Place in pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil and drain the water. Fill with water bring to a boil again. Drain. Fill with water again and bring to a boil and drain one more time. Place enough water in the pan, just to cover the oranges and pour in 3 cups of sugar. Stir and bring to a boil. Wait until the pith goes from white to translucent. This take about 30 minutes or so. I spooned the peels out into a bowl filled with sugar and some straight onto the cooling rack for dipping in chocolate. (later).


Bunny said...

I love anything citrus, I'm going to try this. AFTER the holidays I'm going to try and take off some of this extra weight I'm carying around. I think this would be good for when i get a sugar fit and need something sweet. No fat but great tasting, I can handle that!

Cristine said...

Sounds fantastic!

kat said...

I've done some to decorate cupcakes & they are so good!

Apples and Butter said...

I have been wanting to try these for a long time too! You certainly make them look doable. I will have to file this away to try over the holidays.

Grace said...

these are a nice little something to munch on as well as for garnishing purposes. lovely!

Shelly said...

Oh yum!
What if you dipped one end of them in melted dark chocolate...ohh ho ho ho.

Lori said...

Bunny- That's what I am going to do with the candied ginger. Something about the spice of the ginger offsets your sweet tooth.

Christine- thank you.

Kat- Aren't they though!

A and B- they are doable. Let me know how it goes!

Grace- thank you, they really were great for munching.

Shelly- I did just that after they sat out all night. THey had a chance to dry a little. I dipped them in milk chocolate but would have liked to the dark... next time!