The freshness of oranges is by far the best.. For me, its something that can bring back that skip in my step!
To treat myself with more that the usual orange juice or oranges slices, I decided to try my hand at candied orange peel and realised what a fun activity it is.
A super simple recipe that does;t take too much of your time, trust me on this when I say that you’ll never buy candied peel from the store anymore. Here’s the recipe for it.
Candied orange peel
- Peel of 1 orange
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- extra water for boiling
Remove the peel of the orange by diagonally cutting across it. Make sure you do not tear it into bits. Using a sharp knife cut legth wise into small strips.
If the peel has a lot of the white pith, rermove the exccess using a sharp parer knife.
Transfer the strips in a heavy bottom pan and add cold water just till it submerges. Boiol the water and cook the strips for 5 mins.
Throw away the water an repeat this step 2 more times by boiling the strips in cold water. Tis basically allows you to remove the bitterness of the peel and let some of that tangy flavour remain.
After you are done with boiling the strips three time in the fresh cold water, strain the strips and keep aside.
Now in the same pan, add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. Once the syrup starts to boil, add the orange peel. Reduce the flame and cook the peel for about an hour ot till the peel becomes translucent and limp.
Let them cool down in the syrup and them drain them on a wire fack. Once dry, roll them in granulated sugar or coat them with chocolate.
These can be used as that perfect garnish for cakes and muffins or even eaten as is.