I have always been that type of person who loves having seasonal themed things around my home, especially in Autumn & Winter. I love having pumpkins dotted about my flat in October & I am at my happiest with a glass of wine & a wild Apple & cinnamon candle.
I decided to try something new for me this year and make my own version of dried oranges. This is something that you see a lot of over Christmas on everything from wreaths, trees, Christmas puddings to candles.
I saw loads of different methods on Pinterest & had no idea what was the ‘best way’ to do it. So, I tried a few different methods & found my favourite! So, if you want some beautiful candied orange slices for a homemade pot pourri, to add some colour to your wreath or even to decorate your Christmas tree!
I started by cutting the orange slices, about 1cm in thickness. I then placed them onto kitchen roll and let them sit for about 10 minutes.
After placing the slices onto a tray, lined with baking paper.
I mixed two tablespoons of icing sugar with a heaped tablespoon of cinnamon. I sprinkled this all over the orange slices and popped them into the oven.
I pre-heated the oven to 110 degrees. Every 30minutes I turned the slices and sprinkled a little of the cinnamon sugar on top.
After 3 1/2 hours, they were all finally ready! (some slices were a little thicker than others, so they took a little longer!)
Not only did the flat smell amazing, it made everything feel extra Christmassy! I then left the slices on a chopping board overnight, to let them cool & harden. As long as you store them in an airtight tub, they should keep until next year too!
Quick Tips for the perfect dried oranges!
· Some may dry out quicker than others. Remove them early if you feel they are completely dried out.
· When you come to turn them over, for the first time, there may be some moisture on the baking sheet. If there is, mop it up with a bit of paper towel, to remove any excess moisture.
· Orange slices without icing sugar will dry a bit quicker, but they don’t have as much shine. So depending on what look you going for, adjust the method!