It does take a little time (in bouts), especially the scraping, but it is really worth it. I kept some plain and half covered the rest with dark chocolate, my sister just cannot stop eating them, and it is a lovely low calorie snack which I like to present at the end of a special dinner.
Candied Citrus Peel
An unusual whole-peel technique is used to make this classic holiday candy. Prep and Cook Time: 5 hours, plus at least 8 hours of drying time. Notes: Use an equal amount of lemons or grapefruits in place of the oranges if you like. The peel keeps at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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- Calories: 126
- Calories from fat: 1%
- Protein: 0.2g
- Fat: 0.1g
- Saturated fat: 0.0g
- Carbohydrate: 32g
- Fiber: 0.0g
- Sodium: 0.0mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 5 pounds oranges (see Notes), washed and dried
- 8 cups sugar, divided
- 1. Halve and juice fruit; reserve juice for another use. Put peels in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook 3 minutes. Drain. Return peels to pot, cover with cold water, bring to a boil, cook 3 minutes, and drain. Repeat once more. Spread peels on baking sheets and let sit until cool enough to handle, 20 minutes.
- 2. Using a soup spoon, scrape out the membranes and discard. Cut peels into strips and set aside.
- 3. In a large, heavy pot over high heat, bring 8 cups water and 6 cups sugar to a boil. Add peels, reduce heat to maintain a steady, gentle simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until peels are tender, sweet, and translucent, 3 hours. (Don't let sugar brown or caramelize.) Drain peels and spread on wire racks set over baking sheets. Let sit until dry, at least 8 hours.
- 4. Toss a handful of peels with remaining 2 cups sugar. Shake off excess sugar and put in an airtight container. Repeat with remaining peels.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/4 cup.
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