Candied Orange Peel
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The peel needs a couple of days to dry out, so you'll need to make these well ahead of time.
Ingredients
  • 3 large oranges
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Cut top and bottom off each orange, then cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into ¼-inch-wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and drain again.
  2. Bring 3 cups sugar and 3 cups water to boil in medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes.
  3. Use a slotted spoon to remove peel from pot; reserve the syrup for another use.
  4. Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet, separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to racks. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days.
Notes
The syrup that is left behind is sweet and infused with intense orange flavor. You can use it for Italian sodas, or to mix into cocktails that call for simple syrup, and probably a hundred other things. Tell me what you use it for, I can't wait for some new ideas.
Recipe by Sprung At Last at http://www.sprungatlast.com/2012/12/candied-orange-peel/