Candied orange slices
One of the things I enjoy is trying out new ways of eating fresh produce and experimenting on how I can enjoy it for longer. Winter is citrus season and ironically, citrus fruit is loaded with vitamin C which is much needed to boost the immune system to help keep nasty colds at bay. Drinking orange juice is great but it's not the only way to enjoy oranges. I decided to make candied orange slices to enjoy as a dessert or to use a decoration on cakes. It's pretty simple and all you need is fresh oranges, sugar and water.
- 2 Oranges (approximately about 12 slices)
- 200 ml water
- 150 g sugar
Wash and cut the orange into 5mm thick slices. Place a medium saucepan over high heat. Add water and sugar, stir to combine and let the sugar dissolve. Add the orange slices. The syrup should cover the oranges.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat. Cover with a lid and cook for about 45 minutes to an hour (low simmer). You will know they are ready when the peel and rind start to look a bit translucent along with the center.
Remove from the heat and let the orange slices cool completely while still in the saucepan, covered with the syrup. Remove and place on a baking tray or surface lined with baking paper. You can leave overnight to cool.
Store the candied orange slices in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two months, or you can leave them to dry for about 48 hours then cover them in white sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 - 4 months. Great as a gift for Christmas.