Monday, 19 December 2011

Candied Peel : Celebrating Christmas

Ingredients -
Oranges - 3
Lemon - 2
Sugar - 1  cup
Water - 1 cup + for boiling
Cloves - 3
Granulated sugar - 1 cup


1.  Cut the upper and lower part of orange and lemon after washing and drying it.
2. Make four lengthwise cut in it and peel it.
3. Remove the white pith from the peel cleanly, if some white pith clings to it do not worry, you can take it out after boiling the peel.
4. Take a pan and fill it with water, put the peel in and boil it until tender. Remove and drain it.
5. Take another pan and put 1 cup water, sugar and cloves in it and boil it until it is reduced and has become a thin syrup.
6. put the peel in the syrup and let it simmer until the syrup has thickened and the peel has become translucent.
7. Take it off the heat and let it cool down.
8. Place it in a wire rack to drip off the extra syrup.
9. Take a small bowl with granulated sugar in it, coat the peel
with sugar and place it in a baking tray lined with parchment paper in a pre heated oven to dry it completly for 15-20 minutes.
Take special care and check it to prevent it from burning. Put the heat off and Leave it there overnight.
10. It's ready to be used in christmas cakes, puddings or dipped in hot chocolate and be eaten like that as a zesty snack.
11. To give it a different flavour you can use cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg or cardamom in the syrup while boiling it.
12. Variety of fruits like orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit can be used in making candied peel.

                                       Boiling in water

                                                  Simmering in sugar syrup
                                       Coat in sugar
                                         Dry in Oven

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