Easy Candied Orange Peels Recipe (Homemade)

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homemade diy candied orange peels recipe

My first candied orange peels and they won’t be my last!

It’s childishly simple, and it’s so fun to make at home, especially with your kids which always need a creative way to put their energy into.

I will show you the method I have used to make delicious sweet candied orange peels, but you can of course replace them with peels of tangerines, or lemon or other citrus fruits!

Once your candied peels are ready you can coat them with chocolate to make orangettes (or “mandarinettes” … or “lemongrass”!)

The whole thing, and it is very important, is that your fruits are organic / untreated…

Shelf life of candied orange peel

Candied orange, lemon and any citrus peels are like candied fruits, they are preserved thanks to the sugar (which is a natural preservative).

I put them in a non-hermetic sealed box, in the refrigerator, they can be stored basically forever… but are usually quickly used into cakes or eaten straight up as far as I am concerned 😉

Homemade Candied orange peels Recipe

I deliberately made thin strips in order to incorporate them in my gingerbread, in which I also poured the syrup obtained, which I previously made thicken for a few minutes on low heat … a true delight for your palate!

Ingredients :

  • 4 unprocessed oranges / organic
  • 400 g powdered sugar
  • 500 ml water

Brush and wash your oranges.
Cut both ends of your orange, and cut into 4 its bark in the direction of height, so as to gently remove it.

 

Cut the orange peels into thin strips, as you like ( if you want to make orangettes it’s better if the strips are a little thicker, so the handling will be easier) then immerse them in a pot of cold water.


Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, drain.

Repeat the procedure 3 times (cover again with cold water, bring to a boil, drain and let them dry …) so as to remove the bitterness of the bark, thus avoiding you having to remove the white part under the bark (called ” albedo “).

Once your 3 boils are done, put them in a saucepan and cover them with sugar and water.
Place on low/medium heat until the first boil (without covering the pan, neither now nor for the next boils).

When the syrup boils, turn off the heat and allow to cool.
Again put on low heat until boiling, then turn off the heat, let cool.
Renew this operation a third time, to finally cool ideally overnight, (this is exactly the same principle as for the lemon or orange jam recipe) cover your PAN for the night, to avoid that possibility of your kids give in to the temptation of sugar ;-))

The next day put back on low heat, and leave so until the peels become translucent (normally they start to be with the previous day’s cooking, or even already are if they are not too thick).

Then remove the bark from the hot syrup (without burning yourself ! Use a fork for example) and place them on a grid to dry.

You can coat them with granulated sugar or melted chocolate too!

candied peels with anise spices

You can chop the peels into cubes if you want your candied orange peels to be suitable for addition to desserts, ice creams and other wonderful sweet recipes.

orange candied peel chopped cubes in spoon over jar

candied orange peels in a jar

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Easy Candied Orange Peels Recipe (Homemade)
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Ingredients
  • 4 unprocessed oranges / organic
  • 400 g powdered sugar
  • 500 ml water
Instructions
  1. Brush and wash your oranges.
  2. Cut both ends of your orange, and cut into 4 its bark in the direction of height, so as to gently remove it.
  3. Cut the orange peels into thin strips, as you like ( if you want to make orangettes it's better if the strips are a little thicker, so the handling will be easier) then immerse them in a pot of cold water.
  4. Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, drain.
  5. Repeat the procedure 3 times (cover again with cold water, bring to a boil, drain and let them dry ...) so as to remove the bitterness of the bark, thus avoiding you having to remove the white part under the bark (called " albedo ").
  6. Once your 3 boils are done, put them in a saucepan and cover them with sugar and water.
  7. Place on low/medium heat until the first boil (without covering the pan, neither now nor for the next boils).
  8. When the syrup boils, turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  9. Again put on low heat until boiling, then turn off the heat, let cool.
  10. Renew this operation a third time, to finally cool ideally overnight, (this is exactly the same principle as for the lemon jam recipe) cover your PAN for the night, to avoid that possibility of your kids give in to the temptation of sugar ;-))
  11. The next day put back on low heat, and leave so until the peels become translucent (normally they start to be with the previous day's cooking, or even already are if they are not too thick).
  12. Then remove the bark from the hot syrup (without burning yourself ! Use a fork for example) and place them on a grid to dry.
  13. You can coat them with granulated sugar or melted chocolate too!
  14. You can chop the peels into cubes if you want your candied orange peels to be suitable for addition to desserts, ice creams and other wonderful sweet recipes.
 

Enjoy your sweet and mostly healthy candied orange peel preparation;-)

Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions in the comments below.

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