June 6, 2011

Candied Orange Peel

Although I've heard of candied citrus peels, I never really had a reason to try them. However, they seemed like the perfect garnish for my upcoming Tequila Sunrise cupcakes.

They're simple to make, although they are quite sticky and messy especially in humid weather.

Candied Orange Peel
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. corn syrup
Thin strips of orange rind from 4 oranges

Combine sugar, water and corn syrup in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, add the orange rinds and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the rind strips from the hot liquid, and set on drying rack to dry overnight. Note that peels will be very sticky and should not touch each other. Makes plenty of orange peels to decorate 2-3 dozen cupcakes. (I think you can handle the math on that.)

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