There are many ways to eat an orange. Some peel them by hand; others cut them into quarters; I just like skinning them with a pairing knife.
Not only can you eat the flesh , you can also eat the skin as well. Instead of throwing the skin away into a compost bin, you can turn them into delicious little candies! The texture is chewy and the orange fragrance just wafts beautifully around your nose. It is an absolute pleasure eating them.
For 500g of candied orange peel, you will need:
1 1/2 cups (300g) sugar
1/2 cup water (100ml) water
extra 1/2 cup (100g) sugar for coating
Prep time: 30minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
First, slice off both ends of the orange.This will provide stable platform for peeling the skin.
Start at the top, just where the pith (white part) meets the pulp and slice off the skin, following the curve of the fruit. Unlike cutting orange segments, you are trying to avoid cutting into the flesh! So leave the orange peel as white as possible.
Now it is time to blanch the orange peels. The purpose of doing this is to remove the natural bitterness of the pith. Cover the orange strips with cold tap water in a saucepan and bring them to boil. Once boiled, drain away all the liquid and repeat this procedure again.
In another saucepan, place both the water and sugar into it and bring it to boil. Turn down the heat and wait until it turns into a slightly thicker consistency, then add the orange strips into this syrup and simmer gently for at least 1 hour.
When the orange peels turn completely transparent, turn off the heat. Remove the peels from the syrup, shake off any excess and add into a bowl of sugar.
Constantly shake the bowl, until the orange peels are completely covered in sugar. Seperate any orange peels that may stick together.
Place the candied orange peel on a baking paper and let it dry out overnight.
Place all the candies in an airtight container and they will last for 2-3 months.