Diwali is round the corner and it is the time when I soak my fruits and nuts for the Christmas cake. I usually used to buy candied orange peel and candied ginger for soaking and have paid a bomb for them. This time decided to give it a try at home and trust me, it came much better than the store bought ones and at absolutely no cost. My son ate the orange and just a cup of sugar is what I invested to make these delicious peels. Now I am just hoping that these stays till I soak my fruits as they are too good to eat just as such. Planning to make candied ginger soon. Here is how I did it.
All you need is
Naval oranges - 2
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Castor sugar - 1\2 cup ( for rolling the peel )
Method of preparation
Wash the oranges.
Remove the skin from the orange.
Remove any pith or pulp that is attached to the skin.
Cut it into thin stripes.
Add the stripes in a pan and cover with cold water.
Bring it to a boil.
Simmer the heat for 2 minutes.
Strain and discard the water.
Repeat the process 2 more times.
Heat 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a pan.
When it comes to a boil, reduce the heat and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
Add the orange peel.
Cook for 40-45 minutes till the peel turns translucent.
Do not stir during this process otherwise their will be crystallization.
Strain the syrup and store it for future use. ( iced tea or any other drink )
Roll the peel in castor sugar.
Arrange on a wire rack and let dry for 6-8 hours.
Store in an airtight container.