Monday, January 6, 2014

Do your New Year's resolutions involve eating more fruit? Well, we're considering this fruit. Yes, it's coated in sugar, but we're still making the argument.

I found this recipe on one of my favorite food sites, Food 52. Savory Simple blogger, Jennifer Farley, created the original steps to this recipe, but I've altered it a tiny bit based on what I had available in my kitchen. Feel free to do the same.

3 oranges
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar + 2 cups
2 cups of water for simple syrup + 6 cups of water for pre-boiling


  1. Cut each orange in half and carve out the meat leaving a thick layer of white pith along the peel.
  2. Trim the cap ends off each half and slice the peels lengthwise into strips.
  3. Add the strips to a pot and pour cold water over them.
  4. Allow the water to boil and let the peeled orange strips simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Pour the water out and repeat this process two more times.
  6. After the third time, strain the orange strips, dump the water and wash the pot thoroughly with soap and water.
  7. Now add the 2 cups of water and 2 1/2 cups of sugar to the pot and stir until the sugar melts to create a simple syrup.
  8. Add the orange strips back into the simple syrup and allow them to simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
  9. After the hour has passed, stir the strips and let simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
  10. After 30 minutes use a slotted spatula or spoon to retrieve the orange peel strips from the simple syrup. Set them on a wire rack and allow the excess syrup to drip off.
  11. Add 2 cups of granulated sugar to a large bowl and slowly toss 5 or 6 candied strips  of orange peel in at a time.
  12. Set the sugar coated strips back onto the wire rack and allow them to dry there for another 3-4 hours.
  13. Place the dried peels in a mason jar with an additional 1/2 cup of sugar for a pretty storage or gift option.

A great food project for those cold snowy days we're having. I hope you enjoy this one Yummies! If you try it please share pics with us. We'd love to see them!

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