Ran across THIS online – http://whisksandwhimsy.com/2012/01/07/chocolate-covered-orange-peels/ recently and realized I could NOT go one more week of my life without making and consuming these delicious wondrous treats.
So here I go.
I started with four oranges…
cutting off both “ends” and scoring the peels – slicing off little strips and just…eating the oranges. because why not?
Blanching the strips in boiling water – TWICE – for several minutes (3-4) each time.
straining and rinsing the rinds in between the two blanchings
meanwhile – I had one cup of sugar boiling with one cup of water – making a simple syrup
after blanching, straining and rinsing the peels twice – I put them in the boiling simple syrup
and covered it – turning it to low – and letting them simmer in the sugar water for an hour.
then I removed them from the syrup with a slotted spoon and placed them on a wire cookie rack (parchment paper underneath) to cool and dry for a few hours.
they’re so beautiful ..and delicious – just candied like that!
but chocolate makes everything better.
so I melted some dark chocolate chips…
double-boiling – water in the pot, and a glass bowl with the chocolate inside.
until it was all smooth and creamy-licious…
and then dipped each slice right on in!
and placed them on parchment paper to cool and harden…
omg so freaking delicious and beautiful.
I love orange-vanilla everything, and orange-chocolate everything. I’m in heaven.
(the house smells delicious after blanching the orange peels, too, bee tee dubs)