Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Orange You Glad

Faced with the curious idea that an orange peel can taste delicious, we invested about two hours and nine dollars into proving that the bitter, tough, pockmarked orange peel could never be palatable. It took about three seconds to realize we were wrong. Who knew simmering something in sugar and then dipping it in chocolate could make it taste fantastic?

You win again, common sense.

Recipe after the jump.
Candied Orange Peels

7-10 medium oranges
5 cups Sugar
1 1/2 cups water 
Dark chocolate chips

Rinse oranges and slice off ends
Quarter the peel in four places, being careful not to cut too deeply into the fruit
Remove peels from fruit and save for another recipe
Slice quartered peels into quarter inch strips (about five sliced per quarter peel)
Blanch peels by just covering them with cold water in a pot. Bring water to boil, drain peels and repeat twice more, beginning with cold water each time
In another pot, whisk 4 cups water in with 1 1/2 cups sugar
Bring to a boil, add blanched orange peels and reduce to a simmer
Let sit for 45 minutes or until peels become translucent. 
Drain pot and save resulting orange syrup for iced tea (it's delicious)
Toss warm peels in sugar, coating each one
Let cool

In a double broiler, melt chocolate chips
Dip orange peels half way and lay on parchment paper to dry

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