20 December 2011

orangettes

more goodies for gifting today!

here's another great treat that can be gifted this holiday season.  these ones take significantly more time than the peppermint fudge i made last week, but i think they're worth it. 

{orangettes}

i made these for the first time last year after seeing them here.  they were a huge hit at christmas and a fun addition to the cookie plate.  i was actually considering skipping them this year, but my mom hinted that she was looking forward to them so i went out for oranges.  i made a couple little changes to the recipe and i'm much happier with them this year {they're less sticky and gooey and more candy-like}.  if you want to make them too i'd suggest starting in the next day or two because there is a 1-2 day wait between steps.

{orangettes, gifted}

orangettes recipe adapted from smitten kitchen
makes about 80 pieces
4 navel oranges
1.5 cups organic cane sugar
1.5 cups water
1 cup semi-sweet vegan chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil

wash your oranges really well {especially if like me, you don't have organic ones available}.  slice the tops & bottoms off each one and then score the rind 5 or 6 times so that you can peel it off in sections.  slice each section into strips - you should get about 20 from each orange.  trim the ends and remove any excess pith {the white stuff}.

bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the peels twice to remove the bitterness. 
{place them in boiling water for 3 - 4 minutes, drain, rinse & repeat.}

next, bring the sugar and water to a simmer and stir until the sugar dissolves.  add the orange peels and reduce the heat for them to simmer in the syrup for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.  they should be somewhat translucent when they're done.  remove them carefully and lay them out on a wire cooling wrack lined with wax paper or parchment {for easy clean-up!}.  set them somewhere out of the way and let them dry and dry out for 24 - 48 hours.  use your patience here - last year i only waited 4 - 5 hours and they were really goopey & sticky to handle.

{candied peels, setting}

after the candied orange peels have set, melt the chocolate in a double boiler and stir in the coconut oil to melt and incorporate.  dip the peels into the chocolate one at a time, covering about 3/4 of each.  {alternatively, you could dip the entire thing, but i think they're prettier with a pop of colour.}  set the dipped peels on a baking sheet lined with wax or parchment and then place them in the fridge to cool. after about 15 minutes they should be good to go!  these are best stored in the fridge.  you can eat them straight from the fridge or bring them out about a half hour before you serve them to warm to room temp. 

{dipped}

you can package these up in mason jars, or candy boxes or even just in a piece of parchment tied up with twine.  c'est up peu fancy-shmancy, non?

{fancy pants gift}

{orange + chocolate}

who knew orange peels could 1) even be eaten, and 2) taste so good?!?!

also, as a bonus, once you've candied the oranges, reserve the now orange-flavoured syrup and save it in a mason jar for sweetening pouring over ice cream or making boozy holiday spritzers.  clinky, clinky!

{via ninth & bird}
happy holidays my friends!






10 comments:

  1. I love oranges dipped in chocolate!! These look great :)

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  2. They are so sweet-looking! (In both senses of the word, I guess) I wonder if I'll ever have the patience to make them

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  3. Oh goodness, talk about edible giving! I ought to try these right away.

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  4. i love candied orange peel! and i love that poor naked orange peeking from the back:)

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  5. thanks char! i love them too.

    i have faith in you maud!

    thank you gena :) speaking of edible giving, i must get to that buckwheat granola of yours stat!

    richa: that little naked orange felt a little left out i think. poor thing.

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  6. These look amazing and so easy to make! I am definitely going to make these as holiday gifts for next year! :)

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  7. these look awesome! thank you for sharing!

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  8. Congratulations...these look delicious!

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  9. Ooo what a fun treat!! I may have to try this next Christmas. :)

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  10. Jess, I made these this year for some xmas gifts and they turned out really well!
    Thanks for the inspiration :)

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