Candied Orange Peel is delicious orange peels that are coated with sugar and can be used for desserts and drinks. It’s a great DIY recipe that is simple to make. Here is how to make it.
Whenever there is a festive season, I prefer making sweets and desserts at home, rather than buying the expensive ones in the market.
Anything that is made at home is fresh and free of preservatives, and this is one of the reasons I prepare them at home.
While I love Indian sweets, sometimes I also like to indulge in some sugary desserts.
Therefore, when the festive season is around the corner, I start preparing for it by soaking fruits and nuts for various desserts and one of my favorite sugar sweets is, Candied Orange Peel.
Well, my son also enjoys it as much as I do, and thus the reason I often make it at home.
Earlier I used to buy it from the store, but when I tried it at home, it came out so good, that I bid a goodbye to the store-bought ones forever.
They are so simple to make and that too without any extra cost.
You just need some oranges, that you can eat or juice it up and sugar, that is available in our everyday pantry.
You can also try my Candied Ginger recipe if you love this one.
What is Candied Orange Peel?
It is a simple sugary delight that is made with the peel/skin of oranges.
The peel of the orange is cut into fine strips and then cooked along with sugar and water to make candied orange peels.
Super easy to make and inexpensive, your kids will love this DIY recipe and you can give them this instead of store-bought chocolates.
You can even make Lemon Peel in the same way.
They can also be used in the same way you are using these old fashioned orange peels.
Tangy, chewy from the interior and full of the sugary exterior, it can be made and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a month.
To increase the shelf life, you can freeze them too in freezer bags for about a year.
You can have this Crystallised Orange Peel or Sugared Orange Peel on its own, whenever you are craving for sugar candy.
You can even dip into chocolate and make a Chocolate Dipped Orange Peel.
Apart from it, you can use it to decorate your desserts such as Pies and Tarts.
You can even chop them finely and use it into the batters for the muffin, cake or bread or maybe just sprinkle the finely chopped candied orange peels on your ice cream and frozen yogurts.
It can also be used to garnish your Mocktail and Cocktail.
I often do this when I have to serve some fancy drinks during our house parties or get-togethers.
Which orange is best to make it?
You can use either Navel or Valencia oranges to make the Candied Orange Peels.
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Step By Step Recipe
Wash the oranges and pat dry. Remove the skin from the oranges. Remove any pith or pulp that is attached to the skin. Cut it into thin strips.
Add the stripes in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring it to a boil. Simmer the heat for 2 minutes.
Strain and discard the water. Repeat the process 2 more times.
Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pan. When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
Add the orange peel. Cook for 40-45 minutes till the peel turns translucent.
Do not stir during this process otherwise, there will be crystallization.
Strain the syrup and store it for future use. (iced tea or any other drink)
Roll the peel in castor sugar.
Arrange on a wire rack and let dry for 6-8 hours. Store in an airtight container.
Candied Orange Peel Recipe
- 2 Navel Orange
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1/2 cup Castor Sugar
- Wash the oranges and pat them dry.
- Remove the skin from the oranges.
- Remove any pith or pulp that is attached to the skin and cut into thin stripes.
- Add the stripes in a pan and cover with cold water.
- Bring it to a boil.
- Simmer the heat for 2 minutes.
- Strain and discard the water.
- Repeat the process 2 more times.
- Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pan.
- When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
- Add the orange peel.
- Cook for 40-45 minutes till the peel turns translucent.
- Do not stir during this process otherwise their will be crystallization.
- Strain the syrup and store it for future use. ( iced tea or any other drink )
- Roll the peel in castor sugar.
- Arrange on a wire rack and let dry for 6-8 hours.
- Store in an airtight container.