For my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake birthday party, I had the grand idea of a themed desert bar. Each of Strawberry’s friends were to be represented with their own special desert. Some were easy, like Blueberry Muffins. Others a bit trickier like Orange Blossom. In the end, I decided to do something very different for Miss Blossom and make Candied Orange Peels.
I am neither a great cook or baker, so when I tell you that these are surprisingly simple — believe me!
I searched the Internet for recipes, but I am also not very good at following directions (see not great cook or baker above). So once I go the idea of what needed to be done, I made my own path.
The results were bitter-sweet, chewy deliciousness. Guests were amazed that the candies were actually orange peels. The consistency changes so much, they become like a gummy candy. The only thing that could have made them better is that next time I will dip one end in dark chocolate! (Hint, hint.)
- 4 Large Naval Oranges
- 4 Cups of Sugar
- 1 Cup of Sugar (for coating
- 1 1/2 Cup of Water
Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 90
Set Time: 24 hours
Slice the top and bottom off of the oranges
Slice each peel in half and remove from orange. (Enjoy the oranges!)
Slice each peel into thin strips.
Bring a pot of water to boil. Reduce to medium and cook the peels in boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse
Put the peels back into the pot with cool water. Cover, bring to a boil over high heat and then pour off the water. Repeat twice more – three times total
Wisk the water and sugar together in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 8-9 mins.
Add in peels and continue to simmer until translucent, about 45 mins
Drain peels well. (Save syrup for ice tea or lemonade.)
Roll peels in sugar. (Make sure you drain each peel well or sugar will clump.)
Set peels on a drying rack for 24-48 hours. When they are ready, they will change from limp to stiff. Enjoy!
More desserts from the Strawberry Shortcake Desert bar.