Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins
From Birds & Blooms magazine, this reminds me of my mom, who always loved these.
- 4 large navel oranges
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1⁄2 cups water
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
- 1 tablespoon shortening
- With a sharp knife, score orange peel into four wedge-shaped sections. Loosen peel with a spoon and remove; save fruit for another use.
- Place peel in a heavy saucepan and cover with cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Drain, then repeat process twice, draining well each time. Cool for 5 minutes.
- Carefully scrape off excess pulp from peel. Cut the peel into 1/4 inch strips.
- In another saucepan, combine sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat until clear. Add orange peel strips; boil gently until all syrup is absorbed and peel is transparent, about 30-35 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer strips to wire racks for at least 3 hours or until dry.
- Melt the chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each strip halfway into chocolate. Dip the other half in sugar if desired.
- Cool on racks that have been coated with nonstick cooking spray.
- Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 3 cups.
Great result! I followed the recipe to the letter, and the candied orange peel worked very well. I chocolate coated one end, and when that was cold, coated the other end with vanilla sugar. I used the peel to decorate a lovely chocolate mousse, which I made with Chilli Chocolate. I shall be making this again!!
I must have done something wrong. By the time I was starting the 2nd cooking process I knew it would take longer than the 1 3/4 hrs. I didn't bother with the 3rd time, my navels weren't as thick as some are. I cooked them in the syrup until it was practically gone like the recipe said and ended up with a hard candy. I think my altitude must make a difference. And to top it off I wasn't thinking and burned myself on one of the pieces! I'm going to try again next week though.
These are so yummy,We love candied orange peel. Dipping them in chocolate makes them even better. It is a couple of our grandchildrens favorites, can't wait till they try these. Thank you sharon, for posting this very yummy recipe.