To quote Peter, Paul and Mary: “If I had an orange, I’d make a candied orange peel.”
And so it was that I had an orange left over from the recipe below. And so it was that I made candied orange peel.
Making candied orange peel is very easy. I used a recipe from foodtv.com but it was so easy I memorized it. Here’s what you do.
Buy an orange. Peel it with a vegetable peeler in long strips from top to bottom.
Fill a pot with water, preferably hot water so it comes to a boil faster. When it’s boiling add the orange peel and boil for one minute.
Immediately remove into a strainer and bring to the sink. Rinse with cold water. Dump the hot orangey water out and refill with clean hot water. Bring to a boil again and repeat the process. (Don’t cheat and reuse the water. Just be patient, it’s worth it.)
Once you’ve boiled and rinsed in cold water twice, take a small saucepan and place 3/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water in it. Bring to medium high heat until sugar is dissolved and then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the orange peel and lower to a simmer.
Let it simmer for 15 minutes or until the peel is “tender.” You can actually watch the process of the peel getting candied: it becomes transparent and very pretty.
Remove to a sheet with parchment paper. And let dry for one hour.
And that’s it! Candied orange peel!
What’s that? You’re not satisfied? It’s Halloween and you want me to dip my orange peel in chocolate?
My you’re pushy today, aren’t you?
Very well then: in chocolate we shall dip. Take 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chips and melt over a double boiler. Once melted, dip the orange peel in about 3/4ths of the way. Place on a new sheet of parchment and put in the fridge for 15 minutes for the chocolate to dry. You will have this: [click to enlarge]
The chocolate actually enhances the candied orange peel experience so I recommend it. Can you imagine the delighted faces of the little children tomorrow who come a’knocking for candy when you drop chocolate covered orange peel in their bags? No? Ok, neither can I. Which is excellent because you can keep it all to yourself. Happy Halloween!