Candied orange peels. What is it? Where and when do you use it? Most important – how do you make it? Those are all more than common questions to which we’d more than gladly answer.
So, let us introduce you candied orange peels. It is just how it sounds – orange peels turned sweet and tender. So when you do it right, there should be no traces of that bitter and a little bit oily taste of fresh orange peels left.
About using the candied orange peels – we usually add it to our cake dough. It’s a fact that not every cake improves from the taste of candied peels. So forget about using the skins in creamy and fluffy cakes and turn your recipe books to those pages where pound cakes, bundt cakes, and cookies are introduced.
But as for right now, Sloth feels that there have been enough introductions and too little action. Let’s get candying those peels, shall we?
- Orange peels
Rinse the oranges thoroughly under hot water. You can even scrub them with a sponge or soft brush.
Cut your oranges into 4 to 5 sectors and peel them.
Important step! Eat the orange flesh.
Put the orange peels into a skillet and add hot water. When the water starts to boil, remove the skillet from the oven. Rinse and repeat with cold water. You should take this step for about 3-4 times to ensure that there won't be any of that oily bitterness left.
Last boiling should take about 30 minutes. Give the peels final rinse and let them cool down.
Cut the peels into small cubes or thin strips. This one is a matter of taste and Sloth decided to take the way of squared skins.
Put the sugar and diced orange peels into a mason jar. 3-4 layers of sugar and the same amount of orange peels sounds perfect.
Put the jar into the fridge and shake it from time to time. NB! It takes some time for the orange peels to absorb all the syrup. So be ready to let your soon-to-be candied peels sit in the jar for few days. Some people even make their skins sit for weeks. Why not, it's perfectly safe to do so. Just remember to store your candied orange peels in an air-tight container in your fridge.
Hope we opened a new chapter in your book of baking. Sloth believes you have a load of candied orange peel flavored cakes waiting for you in the future :).