Candied Orange Peel – recipe mashup

A mashup, in music, is a mix of two songs. Like this one, which you should listen to as you read on.

A recipe mashup is a recipe that puts together many recipes.

What happened was that I bought oranges to make juice. The first day, I squeezed six. The second, six more. And I saw the peels. And I felt sad. All those peels, thrown.

What can you do with orange peels? Zest, sure, but how much zest can you use?

And then I thought of something that I absolutely hate: candied fruit. Of course! I could make candied orange peels! No matter that I didn’t like them…. boyfriend would eat them. For sure.

So I looked up some recipes, and found kazillions of recipes. I read them, read them again, then got up and made candied orange peel.

This, ladies and gentleman, is the one recipe mashup for Candied Orange Peel.

Get your orange peel. Let’s say you’re using two oranges. One of them, just clean of the pulp and slice. The other, clean of the pulp and grate with a knife to remove every single trace of white pith. I developed a technique that worked well: while holding the peel with one finger, I scraped with a sharp knife nearly horizontally.

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Scraping the de-pithed peels

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Peels with pith

Cut the de-pithed peels in tiiiiny julienned slices.

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Next, boil some water. Drop the peels in, boil for 15 mins, strain the peels, throw the water and repeat. I saw recipes that called for only one boil and others that said three was the minimum, so I boiled them twice and it was absolutely fine.

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So, after two boiling sessions that help reduce the sourness, it’s time to whip up some syrup!

I did this by putting an equal amount of water to white sugar. I maybe should have used a little less – the peels are a bit sweet now. I used a glass of sugar for a glass of water, let it boil, then added the peels and let them simmer for 30 minutes.

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syrup boiling…

Once they had boiled for 30 minutes I wasn’t sure what to do. One recipe said to leave them in the syrup for a minimum of one hour, another said to take them out and roll them in sugar, a third wrote to take them out and let them dry. So I did all three because at heart I remain a scientist.

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Cooling in the syrup. They were there for four hours. I went to lunch.

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Drying, out of the syrup

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Rolled in sugar, while hot

When I came back, I got Boyfriend to perform the blind taste-test. He tasted the stayed-in-syrup and dried-out-of-syrup peels and he preferred the in-syrup process. So I strongly recommend that you leave the peels in the sugary syrup for …as long as you want, really.

What to do with them now you say?

Well, you can eat the ones coated with sugar.

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You can eat the others, too.

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Or, you can dip them in melted dark chocolate, cool them in the fridge and then eat them.

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Even I managed one or two, once coated in chocolate!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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