We made this in preparation for our Oatbread recipe, but it became a fast favorite at The Inn.
It’s such an easy recipe, with impressive results. The delicious candy bites burst with orange flavor, and can be used as a garnish, or added to a wide variety of recipes including breads, desserts, and many others. Perfect for the coming fall and holiday seasons!
Candied Orange Peel Recipe
- 2-3 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
- 2 cups sugar, divided in half
- 1 cup water
Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut either into 1/4-inch-wide strips, squares, or punch decorative shapes out of it. Cook in large pot of boiling water for around 15 minutes, then drain and rinse. We did this twice to be sure all the bitterness was leached out of the peel.
Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft and starting to turn translucent, about a half hour. Fish out the pieces of peel with a slotted spoon and set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to tack up.
Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days.
This recipe can also be used with great success to candy other citrus, such as lemons, limes, and kumquats (SO good!).