Have you ever made candied orange peels? I think they are sometimes called Orangettes. I’ve never had them before but have always thought they looked lovely and delicious and they are. A friend pinned a photo of them on Pinterest the other day and I quickly checked out the links. The link took me to a great blog called Closet Cooking (cooking in a closet sized kitchen) written by Kevin in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and there you will find an excellent tutorial on how to make these delicious Christmas treats!
Here is the recipe.
Candied Orange Peel
3 navel oranges,
2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup sugar (to be used to “sugar” the peels after they have been cooked and drained.)
1. Cut the top and bottom from the orange.
2. Cut the peel each orange into 4 vertical pieces and remove from orange in one piece.
3. Cut the peel into thin strips.
4. Bring a pot of water to boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook the peels in boiling water for 15 minutes, drain and rinse.
5. Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat in a sauce pan.
6. Add the peel, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the peels are tender, about 45 minutes.
7. Drain and toss the peels in the sugar. Note: You want to drain the orange peels well. If you just throw them straight from the syrup into the sugar, the sugar will clump up. (Tip: Save the syrup and use it in ice tea.)
8. Place the peels on a cooling rack and let them sit until the coating is dry, anywhere from 24-48 hours.
Here are my orange peels drying on a baking rack after I sugared them.
And here they are. Everyone in my family very cautiously sampled them and each one’s head started bobbing up in down as a smile spread across their face. “These are good!”
I hear you can also make candied peels out of lemon, limes, and grapefruit! I think lemons might be my next project!
And before I go, I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas. If you can believe it, we still don’t have a tree and I am leaving tomorrow morning to Tennessee for the weekend with my daughter Kelsey to attend a dear friend’s daughter’s wedding shower! I have so much to do that my head is spinning!! It’ll all get done somehow….it always does. I am convinced that Christmas wouldn’t happen without the women and Moms in this world!!