CANDIED ORANGE PEELS – WHAT BETTER WAY TO USE THE WHOLE ORANGE?
Brainstorming something to serve with the orange ricotta pancakes I was planning to make, I came up with the idea to candy some orange peels. The boyfriend eats oranges every day, so what better way to use the orange peel than to make it candy? Am I right? You can never go wrong with candy.
I remember when I was younger, buying my dad these chocolate covered orange peels from this chocolate shop in Abilene, TX. I always thought it was weird he liked them, and am not sure I ever actually tried them. Well now I have a whole different outlook. My original recipe for candied orange peels are not dipped in chocolate, but if you’re interested in that sort of thing, I’ve included some steps at the bottom of the page.
PLUS, as an added bonus, this is a great way to eliminate food waste.
The ingredients to these candied orange peels could not be easier. I mean seriously. There are 2 ingredients. You CANNOT screw this up!
Slice the orange peels into strips or bite sized prices. Add the orange slices and 1 cup of the sugar to a saucepan and cover with water.
Stir to dissolve the sugar and bring to a boil. Cover and let simmer for about an hour. The slow cook tenderizes the peel while the sugar adds some sweetness (obviously) helping to eliminate the bite of the orange peel. Thoroughly drain the peels.
Let them sit for about 10 minutes to ensure all the water has drained off. Spread the orange peels on a sheet of tin foil, large enough so all pieces can be laid flat. Cover all the peels with the remaining cup of sugar, wrap, and let sit for one day.
Unwrap the peel and spread them evenly across the tin foil. At this point, you have a couple choices. You can leave them as they are, or sprinkle a little more sugar on them. I add more sugar because, well, its sugar and it tastes good. I take about 1/4 cup, or a little less, of sugar and sprinkle it over the orange peels. Then, regardless of whether you added more sugar or not, let the orange peels sit for another 1-2 days until they have become firm and candied. Put them in a jar or covered container and enjoy. They are wonderful to just sit and snack on if you’re looking for a sweet treat or served with something delicious like orange ricotta pancakes.
Adjust the quantities in this recipe if you want a larger or smaller batch of candied orange peels.
So you want to dip these in chocolate? Now you’re talking real candy! Just melt a bit of semi-sweet chocolate baking chips, and dip the orange peels in. Lay flat on parchment or waxed paper to dry and enjoy!