Candied orange peel from scratch

Candied Orange Peel

While perusing Christmas baking recipes, I earmarked one that called for candied fruit, including candied orange peel. I’ve never bought candied fruit or peel, and after some poking around online to figure out what exactly candied orange peel is, saw some tutorials for making it instead. And as luck would have it, I had some oranges on hand (for a cold-buster boost to my morning green smoothies).

Recipes

Jacques Pépin: How to Make Candied Orange Peels and DIY Candied Orange Peel

Process notes

Peel off thin shavings of peel off of 4 oranges using a vegetable peeler. Leave behind the white pith. Slice into long strips.

Place peel in saucepan with cold water to come about an inch above the peel, and heat to boiling. Boil for about 10 seconds, then drain the peel and repeat.

Empty out the saucepan and mix 3/4 cup sugar and 3/8 cup water in it. Simmer for 8 minutes. Add orange peel and stir around to push all of the peel into the liquid. Simmer for about 20 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally. (Note: instead of using the full amount of water and sugar called for in the DIY Candied Orange Peel recipe, I had reduced it by half since I was only using the thinnest pieces of peel. This wasn’t enough liquid, and it boiled off too quickly, leaving crusty sugary peel. I added a tablespoon of water to loosen it up before tossing in sugar and cooling.)

Remove peel from saucepan and toss in sugar on a baking sheet. Place peel on cooling rack for 5 hours, then store in airtight container in the cupboard.

Yield: 2 cups

Results

I’m a candied orange peel newbie, so not sure exactly how it ought to taste. My peels pack a punch! They’re strongly flavored, rather bitter but sweet as well. I wish I had used more water with the sugar in the saucepan, but overall I think they worked fine. Can’t wait to see how they taste in the final recipe that I made them for.

While these were drying on the rack, I was at the supermarket and checked for candied orange peel. Lots of high fructose corn syrup and preservatives in the ingredients list, so I’m really glad I went the DIY route.

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