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Thursday, June 28, 2012

I made an orange cake the other day and needed a little something to spruce up the top of the cake. I decided that candied orange peel would work great! One nice thing about this is that you can double the recipe if you need more. I plan on making more to use in cookies. These taste just like those mysterious orange slice candies you can buy in the store! I love those! I'm going to make some and dip them in chocolate, too! So many possibilities!

Candied Orange Peel

This takes a little planning as you need a couple of says for the peel to dry completely.

1 large orange, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
2 cups sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups water

Cut orange into 4 segments. Remove the inside from each segment leaving the white pith on the peel.

Cut each orange peel into 1/4-inch-wide strips.

Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.

Bring 1 1/2 cups sugar and the water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add the rinsed and drained peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain.

On a lined, rimmed cookie sheet, separate strips then sprinkle on 1/2 cup sugar. Toss strips with a spatula so the sugar gets on all sides.  Lift peel from sugar then transfer to a plate. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days. 

Can be wrapped and frozen for a couple of months. 

Okee-doke...here's what you need.

Lop off the ends of the orange.

Then slice into 4 parts. Take out the innards, 
leaving the pith on the peel.

Slice them into 1/4 inch slices.

Boil them for about 15 minutes.

Rinse and drain.

Combine 1 1/2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups sugar. 
Throw the orange peel in there.

Cook at a low boil for about 45 minutes 
until it looks thick and syrupy. Drain.

Spread the sticky peels onto a lined cookie sheet.

Sprinkle with sugar.

Toss around until everything's coated. 
I used a metal spatula to help.

Lay peels on a plate to dry for a day or so then use however!


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