Chocolate Covered Candied Orange Peel
From Birds & Blooms magazine, this reminds me of my mom, who always loved these.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 40mins
- 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.
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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!!Reply
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.Reply
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