Saturday, November 18, 2006

orangettes

slice ends off oranges

How to make orangettes: Slice ends off four oranges, score the peel from one end to the other, and remove the peels from the oranges.

thin strips

Slice the peels into thin strips and trim the edges.

blanche

Using a medium size pot, place the peels in boiling water and blanch them for a few minutes. Rinse the peels, and repeat this process a second time. This is done to remove the bitterness of the peels.

drain

Prepare the simple syrup by combining 8 ounces water with 8 ounces sugar in a saucepan. Bring the syrup to a simmer, place the peels in the pot, and simmer for 1 hour. [Don't do what Deb did, and not check on them, only to find that at 45 minutes the water had boiled off and many edges had begun to burn in the pan, and she wished she'd left the pot covered.] Once the peels have cooked, remove them from the pot, and place on a rack to cool and drain.

melt chocolate

Melt 16 ounces dark chocolate over a double boiler. Dip the candied orange peels in the chocolate, remove them quickly, and let them cool on a piece of parchment paper. Store the orange peels in an airtight container your belly.

orangettes

Recipe adapted from here.


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