Candied oranges are typical of the Christmas time, but delicious at every opportunity! For example, after your meal, for some extra snacks during a movie, or as small and sinful bite for your diet 😉 , and why not… Maybe coated with dark chocolate, which will mitigate their sweetness and it will enhance the flavor.
The preparation of candied oranges is very simple but a little laborious, since, before starting, you have to soak the peels in cold water for a few days, so that they lose their bitterness.
For this recipe it’s very important to choose carefully the oranges, they must not be treated or coated with waxes. In addition, we should choose them with very thick skin, so your peel will be tastier and more tender.
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- 10 -12 oranges
- 500 g of white sugar
- 250 ml of water
Following the direction of the cloves, cut the skin of oranges into strips large 1 to 1.5 cm. Leave them to soak in cold water for 3-4 days, changing the water 2-3 times a day. This long bath will serve to deprive the skins from the bitter taste.
Drain and weigh the peels; in a saucepan prepare a syrup with sugar in equal weight to peels and half the weight of water. To be more clear about 500 grams of peels will require 500 grams of sugar and 250 ml of water.
Once the sugar has melted, dip the peels, bring to a boil, cover the pan and lower the heat to minimum. Now you'll just have to wait, stirring every now and then.
The cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the peel. It will take about from two to three hours. Once ready, the oranges will become slightly transparent and glassy.
Now uncover the pot and turn up the heat a little, continue cooking the peels for about 30 minutes, so as to thicken the syrup left. At this point, remember to mix continuously to prevent burnings.
Remove the peel from the syrup and put them to dry onto a wire rack.
If you want to make them even more delicious, melt some dark chocolate and dip half of each peel and leave again on the grill so that the chocolate solidifies.
To avoid having to consume 10 -12 oranges the same day, you can store the orange peels in the freezer, accumulate so a little day by day. When you’ll have enough you can put them directly in the initial bath of cold water 🙂 .