Simple Candied Orange Peel

The final bit of Christmas desert-type prep: Candied Orange Peel.

I made these to give away so if you visited me over the holidays, you got a little bag of these. I hope you appreciated them. I don’t know why I think of these only around this season as they are surely tasty any time of the year. Maybe it’s because of all the peel and mixed fruit that is found in Christmas cake?

And though I didn’t do it this year, these are extra good when they’re dipped into melted dark chocolate.

Here’s what happens.

Get some oranges.

Oranges.

Oranges.

Slice the ends off.

Slice the ends off.

Slice the ends off.

Cut through the peel to the orange so the peel is in quarters.

Cut the skin and peel it off.

Cut the skin and peel it off.

Piles of peels.

All the oranges are naked.

All the oranges are naked.

Cut those quarters of peel into strips.

Strips of peel.

Strips of peel.

Drop the strips of peel into boiling water.

Add the strips to the boiling water (a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

Add the strips to the boiling water (a whatfoodimade action shot™!).

After 15 minutes of boiling, drain, rinse, then drain again.

Drain, rinse and drain again (another whatfoodimade action shot™).

Drain, rinse and drain again (another whatfoodimade action shot™).

Get some more water and add the sugar to it.

Add three cups of sugar to three cups of water (the second-last whatfoodimade action shot™ of the year!).

Add three cups of sugar to three cups of water (the second-last whatfoodimade action shot™ of the year!).

Bring that mixture to a boil.

Bring the sugary water to a boil.

Bring the sugary water to a boil.

Add the peel to the sugar-water mixture.

Add the drained peel to the boiling water (the final whatfoodimade action shot™ of 2015).

Add the drained peel to the boiling water (the final whatfoodimade action shot™ of 2015).

Simmer for 45 minutes.

Reduce the heat and cook for 45 minutes.

Reduce the heat and cook for 45 minutes.

Drain off the cooking syrup (and save it for other uses: add to coffee, pour over porridge), then toss the peels in sugar.

Toss the orange peel in sugar.

Toss the orange peel in sugar.

When the peels are dried, package them in pretty bags to give away.

Package in gift bags and give the candied orange peel away.

Package in gift bags and give the candied orange peel away.

I found this recipe here:
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/simple-candied-orange-peel-350798

Simple Candied Orange Peel
It takes a day or two for the peel to dry, so plan ahead.

Yield: Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
4 cups sugar, divided
3 cups water

Preparation

Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.

Bring 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes. Drain.

Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days.

DO AHEAD: Wrap and freeze up to 2 months.

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