Candied Orange Peel and Orange Sugar
|Serves:||At least 4 pounds|
|4 large||thick skinned oranges|
|water to cover|
|1/4 - 1/3 c||orange water|
|1/2 - 1 c||sugar|
|1 pkg||almond bark|
This is a very old family recipe. I have been making this since I was a little girl. This came from my Irish/English side of the family, but many nationalities make this. The Italian part of the family uses this recipe to add to other dishes like cannoli.
I loved to make this with my grandmother Mabel Kennedy Sullivan and also with my mother Patricia Salzer Sullivan... I make it with my daughter Noel and her 4 children for the holidays. We make huge batches of this to share with other family members and friends.... one of my aunts loved getting the plain sugared orange peel for her tea!
Put orange strips into a pan, cover with water. Bring to a boil. Drain. Cover with water, bring to a boil, drain... do this 5 times (gets the bitterness out).
Put these sugar coated orange peels into a zipper bag or airtight container. You can eat these, suck on them.... or put them in tea or in recipes that call for candied orange peel (warning: once they get hard don't use in recipes... but still good for teas).
Because you are chocolate coating the peel before it is dried out... a reaction takes place.... The moisture in the orange goes to the sugar and forms a kind of syrup effect... so when you bite into the coated peel.... it is kind of like jellied... Orange and chocolate is my favorite!!!
This is a cheap recipe to make... most people just throw the orange peelings away.... so it is FREE... and water doesn't cost much... and sugar.... so it is a cheap candy that sells in candy shops for $9 - $14 per pound!!!
I never use a recipe for this anymore, because I have been making it for most of my life.... I wrote this from memory.... I hope that you try this....