This has become
a family tradition at Christmas. I don't see any reason you can't make it any time of year
though. Use caution, as the syrup gets extremely hot in the microwave.
Preparation Time:1 hour, plus 24 hours drying time Serving
- 4 large navel oranges
- 4 1/2 cups water, total
- 2 cups sugar (for syrup)
- 1 cup sugar (for rolling candy)
Cut orange peels into 1/2 inch strips. Cook strips in 2 cups water in glass
bowl in microwave for 8 minutes. Carefully drain water and cook strips again in 2
more cups of fresh water for
8 more minutes. Stir, cover and cook 30 more minutes until soft. Carefully remove bowl
from microwave and sit on heat resistant surface. Make syrup. Add 2 cups sugar to 1/2 cup
water in glass bowl. Microwave 2 minutes to dissolve sugar. Carefully drain peel and mix
with syrup. Microwave 15 minutes, making sure to stir every 5 minutes. Drain peel. Roll
hot peel in 1 cup sugar until coated. Dry for 24 hours.