Thursday, May 17, 2012

Orange you glad I didn't say Banana?

I decide to make some more yummy things with oranges today.  Remember this previous post?  We're still enjoying the marmalade!

But today I decided to make Candied Orange Peel:

Loosely following this recipe, I made this heavenly ancient candy.  You may have tasted the modern pretend version:

But it really is nothing compared to the real thing!!  Here is my version of the recipe.  (Please remember I have an aversion for accuracy and precision.)

A bunch of orange peels, sliced thin (I had about 7 oranges worth that I had been saving in a bag in the fridge.)
5 cups of sugar
2 cups of water

Put orange peels in a saucepan, cover with water.  (Not your 2 cups of water--that's for later.)  Bring to a boil.  Pour water off.  Cover with more new water.  Boil again.  Pour off.  Add more water.  Boil a third time.  Pour off.  (This process is to help get rid of the bitter taste in the orange peel.)

Meanwhile, in a bigger saucepan add the sugar and water together and bring to a boil.  Boil for about 10 minutes.  Then add in all your drained orange peels.  Poke them down in the syrup and boil gently for 30-45 minutes.  Then pluck the orange peels from the pan and drain them (as seen in my pictures.)

Put 1/2 cup dry sugar in a jar.  Add as many sticky orange peels as you can to the jar.  Put the lid on and shake vigorously.  

 Keep in cupboard indefinitely.  The sugar preserves them forever.  (Essentially.)  


What can you do with them, you ask?  

1.  Eat them straight out of the bottle.  (But not too many or your tongue will get sore!)
2.  Slice them super-thin and decorate a cake that has orange/cream cheese frosting on it.  (SO GOOD!)
3.  Put a piece inside a dried date with an almond.  Heavenly.
4. Make fruit cake.  From scratch.  Ignore the hecklers.  ; )
5. Dip them in chocolate....because.  Duh!
6. Chop them and add to any dessert--or any recipe that would benefit from a lovely citrus taste.
7. Ensure that you and your family will NEVER get scurvy!  ; )


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