These delicious candied oranges are such a special Christmas snack, dip them in chocolate and you literally have homemade chocolate orange!
2 lg oranges
4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract / paste
50g dark chocolate (topping optional)
Slice the oranges into slices, taking care not to be too thick.
Fill a wide saucepan with boiling water and add the oranges to boil for 2 minutes. Whilst it boils, prepare a bowl of cold water and ice, after the 2 minutes of boiling transfer the oranges to the icy bowl – this removes any bitterness.
Next bring to the boil 4 cups of water with 4 cups of sugar, add the vanilla and the orange slices and boil for 50 minutes. Stir occasionally and flipping the oranges to ensure both sides are equally submerged, the rind should have turned translucent.
Turn off the heat and leave the oranges in the pan for a further 5 minutes to ensure it has soak up all the sugar. Then place the slices on a baking sheet over a rack to cool overnight or place in the oven on low 100°C heat for 40 minutes.
You can then have fun with decorating, sprinkle over granulated sugar or dip in chocolate. Sprinkle over some orange zest, icing sugar, perhaps some chopped pistachio or dried cranberries will taste great!
Store refrigerated for up to 1 month.
TOP TIP: Save the sugar syrup for making more candied citruses or for cocktails or other baking recipes!
TOP TIP: These are great as a Christmas gift, be sure to use baking paper to separate each slice when storing them together, I use cellophane to wrap them for gifts! Check out more of our Christmas Hamper recipes below
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