Ever made candy at home before? If not candied oranges are a great way to start. They’re simple and, well, you were going to just throw those orange peels away anyway, right? This recipe works with any citrus fruit peel. Begin by cutting the ends of your oranges:
Now score them in quarters.
Pull those peels off.
Pull off those extra thick piece of pith at the ends…unless of course you like pots of pith…some do!
Cut the peels into half-inch slices. Cut them in half again on the bias if you like smaller pieces.
Place them in a pan of cold water and bring the whole thing to the boil for 2 minutes.
Drain them and repeat the process two more times.
Meanwhile, combine the sugar, water and syrup in another medium saucepan.
Bring the mixture to about 238 degrees Fahrenheit.
Add the orange peels and simmer for 45 minutes.
At that point they’ll be translucent on the edges — not transparent like the commercial stuff — just semi-transparent on the edges and along the skin.
Let them drain and cool on a rack for 3-4 hours.
You can use them in recipe as they are. If you want to make candy out of them, toss them in granulated sugar.