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How To Make Candied Orange Peel

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Candied orange peel is an unusual and unique snack, which taste like jellied orange candies. It’s a great snack to offer to people over the Christmas holiday or any time of the year. This is a great way to turn your orange peels into a crystallised snack - such have been made over many years. The great thing is you can make candied orange peel yourself at home.
What you'll need: 
4 oranges
Sharp knife
1 cup caster sugar
1 ½ cups of water
Cooling rack
Caster sugar for coating (optional)
Baking tray with baking sheet
Scrub the orange skin under cold water to remove any dirt. Slice of the stem and bottom end off with sharp knife. Slice the peel into 4 or 8 wedges around the orange and peel it away from the body of the orange. You should have orange peel with pith intact. The main orange can be put aside for some other use.
Cut the peel in ¼ inch strips. Put the peels in cold water in the saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat, then simmer for 10 minutes and drain. Repeat the process three times altogether. The peels should look translucent now. Plunging the peels in boiling water like this will help to remove the bitter taste from the peel and pith.
Put caster sugar and water into the saucepan, stir until sugar dissolves. Add the orange peels and simmer for about 40 – 60 minutes or until peels almost soak up the syrup.
Remove the peels and place unto wire rack, cool them for 15 minutes. You can coat the outside of the peels lightly in caster sugar at this point if you want. Place peels on cooling rack.
You can leave the candied orange peels to dry overnight. If you want your peels to be really hard, let them dry for 2 -3 days and they won’t be sticky at all.
This candied orange peel recipe can easily be done with lemon and grapefruit peel. You can vary the taste of the syrup if want and use honey instead for example as a sweetener. You can give away candied peels as gifts in small sealed cellophane bags to orange lovers. You can also chop the candied peels into small pieces to be used in fruit cakes and to decorate your cakes.
You can leave the peels wedge shaped and candy them just as they are.
You can store the candied peels in a fridge or air tight container.
Remember if you leave the candied orange peels to dry for longer, they will be less sticky.
You can also dry the candied orange peels in the oven at 100 degrees for 2 hours or more.
You can also coat the candied peels in melted chocolate if you want.


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