Follow this Candied Orange Peel Recipe to make your own candied zest. It’s a wonderful addition to baked goods and a great homemade gift idea too!
To make this Candied Orange Peel Recipe you just need three ingredients: oranges, sugar and water. Once you see how easy it is to DIY, you’ll never buy it at the store again!
Many baking recipes call for Candied Orange Peel. One of Kevin’s favorites in this Bourbon Orange Pecan Pie which uses 3 tablespoons! So, each year we make a big batch of this Candied Orange Peel Recipe for that pie alone. But it’s also stellar in cakes, scones, muffins and so many other baking recipes. It can even stand alone as a sweet treat, served plain or dipped in chocolate.
If you like to give homemade presents, this one is ideal because for the baker, a spice jar filled with candied orange peel is like receiving pure gold. And for the sweet tooth on your list, it totally hits the spot an an indulgent treat.
This Candied Orange Peel Recipe is chewy, sweet, tangy, citrusy and incredibly simple to make. You’ll just need four simple tools: a large stock pot, a candy thermometer, a slotted spoon and a paring knife.
Candied Orange Peel Recipe
- 8-12 oranges
- 4 cups white sugar, plus more for drying and storage
- 4 cups water, plus more for blanching
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and sprinkle with a generous amount to sugar.
- With a vegetable peeler or paring knife, cut off orange zest in long strips, trying to leave as much of the pith behind as possible.
- With your paring knife, carefully scrape the peels to remove as much white pith as you can.
- Put peels in a large stock pot, cover with water and boil for 20 minutes.
- Drain and rinse peels and return them to the pot with 4 cups of sugar and 4 cups of water.
- Over medium heat, boil peels stirring occasionally until they reach thread stage on a candy thermometer (230F)
- The syrup will be very hot at this point. Turn off the heat and carefully pull out the peels a few at a time with slotted spoon.
- Lay the peels onto your prepared baking sheet and let them dry for a few hours.
- Transfer the candied orange peels to an airtight container and store in a cool location.
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