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Holiday Tea Towels
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Today I made candied orange peels. I have always wanted to try it because it just doesn't seem like it could really be a good idea. But it is and I'm so glad I gave it a shot.
|Of course I dipped them in chocolate too. Wouldn't want|
to know there is actually fruit
in this candy.
Here is how I did it. I cut the peel off of two large naval oranges and sliced it into small pieces. I put them in a sauce pan with water and brought it up to a boil. I boiled the peels for 15 minutes. Drain. Refill with clean water. Boil 15 minutes. Drain. Refill. Boil. Drain. Refill. Drain. I didn't want my peels to be bitter at all so that's why I boiled them 4 x.
Add 1.5 cups sugar to the pot with the peels and 1.5 cups water. Cover, bring to a boil and then turn down to a simmer on low. Keep your eye on it but resist lifting the lid. The steam will wash down all the sugar that crystallizes on the sides. You also don't want your sugar to brown and burn. Simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove using a slotted spoon and toss them in regular white sugar to coat. Don't worry if they are clumpy when you first take them out of the syrup mixture. The sugar helps separate them. Cool on a rack.
After they cooled we dipped them in melted semi-sweet chocolate mixed with a little shortening to help it set up. You don't have to do this. I'm not sure why you wouldn't want to unless you are seriously weird. But that's your call.
|no, not chocolate covered shrimp. orange peels.|
Or frankly, skip the peels and let's take the chocolate and run.
Here are some other citrus holiday dessert ideas!
Chocolate-Citrus Cake with Candied Oranges
|Joy of Baking|
|Lemon Cranberry Cake|
I hope you are all enjoying the prep and hustle and bustle of the holiday season!