This Christmas I decided to try my hand at homemade treats. You might have already seen my Drying Oranges post (the perfect traditional decoration or home pot pourri!) and this time I made my own candied oranges!
I love dark chocolate & could happily eat a whole Terrys chocolate orange, so I figured I would love these too and I did! Not only did my flat smell amazing for hours after making them, they tasted great! So, if you’re looking for something sweet to eat this Christmas, or you want to make a bag of these treats as a stocking filler for the family then check out the recipe below!
· 350ml of cold water
· 200g of granulated sugar
· 1 large orange
· 70g of dark chocolate
Pop the sugar & cold water into a large saucepan. On a medium heat, allow the sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally.
Slice the orange into 1cm thick slices & place them onto kitchen roll until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the sugar syrup is boiling softly, pop the orange slices into the pan. Try to make sure they are all spread out in one even layer.
Keep the syrup on a medium – low boil and turn over the orange slices every 15 minutes. Depending on the thickness of your slices, it will take anything between 30 – 45 minutes. (once the orange rind starts to turn translucent they will be ready)
Place the slices on a wire rack to cool for around 20 minutes.
Melt your chocolate, half dip the slices into the chocolate and place onto greaseproof paper.
Leave them in the fridge to cool for about 15 minutes & then enjoy!
I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
· Keep the orange syrup, which will be left in the pan when the slices are done, for cocktail flavouring over the festive season!
· The orange slices do stay quite sticky, so be careful how you store them / wrap them for gifts!
· Wash your pan with hot water straight away. Sugar syrup is not easy to clean once its set!