Homemade Candied Orange Peel
Peels of 8 medium oranges, rind removed as much as possible
1 cup brown sugar (most people would use white sugar but I happen to only have brown sugar)
|Orange peel saved ahead in freezer, thawed in water before slicing|
Once the orange peels are soft enough to handle, slice them into strips of about 3mm thick. Bring a pot of water to a boil then add in the orange peel strips. Once it's boiling again, let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes of simmering, the orange peel strips look a little translucent. Drain the water, then rinse and drain twice again. Set a side in a colander to drain any remaining water.
In the same pot (or rice cooker in my case), mix a cup of water with the cup of brown sugar then bring to a boil. Add in the cooked peels and let simmer for about 45-50 minutes, keeping a check to ensure that the sugar doesn't start to crystalise.
|I'm using our small rice cooker to do the boiling so there's no need to keep watching it |
in case it boils over or having the sugar crystallised. Also, I find that the heat is more even our stove top cooker which flame is a little too high.
I've left them to dry for a few hours, then toss them in a bowl of sugar to have a thin layer of sugar coat. Then transfer to a baking tray lined with foil and let dry for about a day or 2, depending on the humidity.