i got this recipe from my grandmother, who always has a little candied orange peel in a tin in her pantry. as a child i remember sneaking these sweet treats before dinner, and i still absolutely never leave her house without having at least a few slices. these make a great hostess gift, plus you get to make some fresh squeezed orange juice for yourself in the process. win-win.
candied orange peel
don’t double this recipe, as working with sugar syrup is tricky and it may crystallize, making the peel tough.
4 oranges, halved and juiced (save juice for other use)
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
place orange halves in cold water to cover and bring to a boil. simmer until softened, about 15 minutes. drain. halve the halves, then scrape out the center with a spoon; slide a sharp knife close to the peel to remove most of remaining pith.
cut peel into strips about ¼ inch wide.
bring sugar and water to a boil, swirling pan to dissolve sugar. place orange slivers into syrup and cook slowly, stirring often, until syrup is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
spread peel on a rack to cool and dry; put waxed paper underneath to catch the drips. place extra sugar in a bowl and toss slivers with a fork until covered in sugar. let dry further on a rack, then pack airtight. makes about 1 pint of peel.