Rays of Sunshine - Homemade Candied Orange Peel

Total Time
72hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 72 hrs

Once you have made homemade candied orange OR lemon peel, you will never go back to using commercially produced peel again! This is such an easy recipe & yields enough freshly candied peel to accommodate most of my recipes using peel for quite a few months. You just need to be organised and have an airy & dry room available for the drying process. This peel enhances any recipe calling for peel, and actually TASTES like oranges! I often keep the peel from fresh oranges in a container, in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, until I have enough to handy to make a batch.


  1. Scrub the fruit well. Using a sharp knife remove peel and pith from fruits in large pieces, I like to cut them into quarters.
  2. Place the pieces of peel in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Repeat this process twice. The pith should now be translucent. If not, continue with the process once more.
  4. Drain and slice into 3 mm thick strips, or leave in attractive quarter pieces.
  5. Place sugar and water in a medium sized saucepan. Cook, stirring over low heat until sugar dissolves. Add peel; simmer approximately 45 - 60 minutes, or until the syrup has nearly disappeared.
  6. Remove from heat. Place the peel on a wire rack that has been placed over a baking paper lined oven tray. Cover and allow to dry overnight.
  7. Toss the peel in extra caster sugar to coat it lightly.
  8. Arrange sugar coated peel in single layer on baking paper until touch dry, 2-3 days.
  9. Store in airtight containers until ready to use.
  10. The peel will last several months if kept in dry, dark & cool conditions & and in airtight container.
  11. Snip into smaller pieces as and when you need it.


Most Helpful

This was a great recipe! Instead of caster sugar, I just used regular granulated sugar and they turned out great! They weren't as hard as they sound! Now I don't have to waste any more orange peels!

CookinStuff August 22, 2011

Oh my gosh, these are good. And they were a lot easier and quicker to make than I first expected them to be. I would like to try this again and use a mix of orange, lemon and grapefruit peels. Thanks, French Tart. We enjoyed making these as a family.

NorthwestGal June 29, 2010

I made this and was so impressed, sure it was a bit fiddly and time consuming but worth it, I use to buy choc coated orange peel for a treat..now! I make my own. A great recipe and worth making for sure!!!!

dizzydi April 29, 2008

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