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dark chocolate covered candied orange peels

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.

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So here I go.

I started with four oranges…

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cutting off both “ends” and scoring the peels – slicing off little strips and just…eating the oranges. because why not?

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Blanching the strips in boiling water – TWICE – for several minutes (3-4) each time.

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straining and rinsing the rinds in between the two blanchings

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meanwhile – I had one cup of sugar boiling with one cup of water – making a simple syrup

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after blanching, straining and rinsing the peels twice – I put them in the boiling simple syrup

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and covered it – turning it to low – and letting them simmer in the sugar water for an hour.

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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.

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they’re so beautiful ..and delicious – just candied like that!

but chocolate makes everything better.

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so I melted some dark chocolate chips…

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double-boiling – water in the pot, and a glass bowl with the chocolate inside.

until it was all smooth and creamy-licious…

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and then dipped each slice right on in!

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and placed them on parchment paper to cool and harden…

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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)


janet jams (again.) (this is addictive, this jam-making)

how to make Nectarine Honey Peach Jam.

get some delicious Shiraz.

wine

make sure the name of the wine is appropriate to the evening’s activities.

(also get a lot of honey. see back there, behind the wine.)

glass

drink some. limber up.

then peel, slice and chop like four hundred (I mean four.) nectarines.

cut your thumb (not on purpose, sillies) and have your fiance’ finish peeling and chopping the nectarines.

hoggle

peel and slice a bunch of peaches, too. (six or 8.)

find one that looks like that ^

freak out a little over the fact that Hoggle is probably trying to send you back to the beginning of the Labyrinth.

peaches

sugar

sort of mash all the fruit (sans skins and pits) in a pot, add like a cup of sugar

and two (or so) cups of honey

honey

pour

mmm

let that junk slow-boil/simmer for like an hour or so.

yum

I also added just the tiniest bit of fresh ground nutmeg. maybe like 1/3 of a nutmeg.

take your god-doggies for a walk, because you’re dog-sitting and they want to go out in the rain.

park dunk

shake walk

men

go back inside and get back to jam-makin.

add a box of Pectin, let it boil for like 5 or so minutes after that

finish mashing it all up with a ..hand-mixer..thingy.

til it’s all Jammy.

pour it in jars, give it a water bath to seal it and kill any and all bacteriums living inside

noms

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