Friday, May 4 is National Candied Orange Peel Day. While it is unclear when or how this holiday originated, candied orange peel has been made and enjoyed since the 14th century. You can buy this classic treat at specialty and gourmet stores or make your own at home. Making your own candied orange peel is easy and a great way to use the peel instead of throwing it away. Candied orange peel can be eaten on its own, used in recipes like cakes or cookies, as a garnish on top a dessert, or dipped in chocolate.
To make Candied Orange Peel at home, follow this recipe. (taken with permission from Autumn Carpenter’s All About Candy Making)
You will need:
- 4 oranges
- 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water
- 1 pound dark chocolate
Step 1: Quarter oranges and remove the peels from each quarter.
Step 2: Put the orange peels in a saucepan and add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil. Drain the water and rinse the saucepan. Add more water and repeat the boiling process 2 more times.
Step 3: Let the peels cool slightly and using a spoon, scrape off the white pith from the orange peels.
Step 4: Cut each quartered orange peel in half and then cut into thin strips.
Step 5: Bring the sugar and 1 1/4 cups water to a boil. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and add orange peel strips. Simmer, uncovered for about 20 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir occasionally to keep the orange peel from burning.
Step 6: Remove orange peel from the pan and let dry on a cooling rack.
Step 7: Melt dark chocolate candy coating or melt and temper real chocolate. Dip candied orange peels in the dark chocolate. Set on a parchment sheet or a silicone mat to dry.