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Candied Orange Peel

The holidays seem to give license to candy just about anything you may have around: fruit, nuts, chocolate… not that I’m complaining, mind you.

Now I didn’t make these – one of my roommates did. But I was there for the whole process which gives me enough authority to report on it here. Yummy and stunning. You have to start the night before, but they’re not exactly difficult to make. They’re a great holiday party snack.

Candied Orange Peel
6 medium oranges
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups sugar
a lot of water

Cut peel of each orange in sixths; loosen from pulp with spoon and remove most pith (white membrane) from peel. Add salt and peel to 4 cups of water and let stand overnight.
Drain and rinse thoroughly.
In a pot, cover peels with cold water. Heat to boiling and then drain. Repeat 3 times (this is to remove any bitter taste).
Cut peel into strips. In sauce pan, combine peel, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Continue to cook until peel is translucent. Drain any liquid and roll peel in granulated sugar. Allow to dry.
If desired (and we did), melt dark or bittersweet chocolate over double boiler and dip each dried strip in. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.

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  • Edwin Borden
    January 3, 2006


  • leslie agard
    January 12, 2006

    I lost the recipe for a blueberry-orange dessert containing candied orange peel. This was bad, since this dessert will be my contribution to a gourmet dinner Saturday evening.

  • sammiyJ
    March 20, 2006

    hey this will go luvly on a choc festival i got upcomin thnx

  • shivani
    June 28, 2006

    Can this candied orange peel be used in making sweet bread that calls for candied citrons.

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