Candied orange peel is the skin or peel of an orange that has been preserved in a sugar syrup. Believe it or not, Freshly candied citrus peels are superior in flavor, relatively cheap, incredibly simple, easy and tastes great. Since the homemade candied peels tastes so much better than store-bought I definitely think it’s worth the trouble. These make for a delicious, best alternative to most candies for kids and adults alike. They’re also good in recipes for anything that uses candied fruits or you can eat the candied citrus peels plain..YUM or cover them in chocolate and see what happens 🙂
Recipe for Candied Orange Peel
Dark or Semisweet Chocolate Bits : 1/2 cup
4. Place the peel in a small sauce pan and cover with cold water.
5. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes, then drain. Repeat this process two more times. (Note : The skin has oil glands that hold all the aroma and flavor of the citrus. So the peel is repeatedly blanched in fresh hot water to reduce the bitterness from the pith without removing any of the aromatic oils from the skin).
6. Drain the peels for a second time and set aside.
7. Add the cold water and sugar to the saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. When the sugar dissolves add the lemon and orange peels.
8. Continue to cook over low heat until the lemon strips turn translucent. The water and sugar should be starting to thicken. Cooking time will be approximately 10 to 15 minutes. (Note : Watch near the end to make sure the sugar doesn’t caramelize).
9. When done cooking, remove strips from pan with a fork and roll them in powdered sugar.
10. Spread on baking racks or on a sheet of wax paper to dry, making sure strips are not touching each other. Let them dry well for at least an hour. You may need as much as two hours. Keep them there until they are good and dry to the touch.
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