Thursday, December 22, 2011

Candied Orange Peel

As long as you plan one day ahead, these candied orange peels make an easy, but classy, gift.  So pretty!  And they taste like summertime (aka, delicious).

Candied Orange Peel

3 navel oranges
1 cup sugar, plus more for coating
1/2 cup water

Wash oranges well; section and separate flesh from skin.  Trim any excess pith from each section of peel.  Julienne peel thinly, place in bowl, cover with water and refrigerate overnight.

Transfer strips to a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Boil 5 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  In the same saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves.  Add orange peel strips and simmer till soft and glazed, at least 30 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack and let dry till tacky.  Toss in sugar until well coated.  Dip in melted chocolate, if desired.

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