Here's a super simple, crazy easy holiday treat. All you need are ingredients I am guessing you already have in your kitchen: an orange, sugar and water. Yep, that's it.
These humble ingredients create candied orange peel that tastes better than any fruit gem, gummy candy or other fruity treat, hands down:
I'd been wanting to try my hand at candied orange peel for years, and now that I've done it, I already have plans to do lemon, lime and grapefruit too, to create a veritable rainbow of sugar-y goodness.
Wanna know how simple it is to make? Read on:
Candied Orange Peel
1 navel orange, with thick skin and few blemishes
1-2 cups sugar
Slice the top and bottom off your orange and then slice the peel off the sides, pith (the white stuff inside the peel) and all. Slice each piece of orange peel:
Bring a few cups of water to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Add the orange peel and simmer for 15-20 minutes:
Drain and rinse the orange peel well:
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in the same sauce pan. Heat to medium and stir until the sugar is dissolved (will only take a couple minutes). Add the orange peel and simmer again, this time for 45 minutes.
Drain the orange peel again (save the syrup--you will have a delicious orange syrup for mixed drinks or ice tea!).
Dry out the sauce pan and add 1/3 cup sugar. Toss the orange peel in the sugar until it is fully coated:
Let dry on a drying rack for 1-2 days, while you try, try your best not to eat any:
Makes about 2-3 dozen pieces of candied orange peel.
Now you can package up for a sweet holiday treat to share with those you love! You can also dip one end in chocolate, which I intended to do, but when I tasted the orange peel plain, I decided not to mess with its vibrant flavor. But to each their own...
Life is sweet,