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.
YOU WILL NEED
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar + 2 cups
2 cups of water for simple syrup + 6 cups of water for pre-boiling
- Cut each orange in half and carve out the meat leaving a thick layer of white pith along the peel.
- Trim the cap ends off each half and slice the peels lengthwise into strips.
- Add the strips to a pot and pour cold water over them.
- Allow the water to boil and let the peeled orange strips simmer for 3 minutes.
- Pour the water out and repeat this process two more times.
- After the third time, strain the orange strips, dump the water and wash the pot thoroughly with soap and water.
- 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.
- Add the orange strips back into the simple syrup and allow them to simmer over medium heat for 1 hour.
- After the hour has passed, stir the strips and let simmer for an additional 30 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Set the sugar coated strips back onto the wire rack and allow them to dry there for another 3-4 hours.
- 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!