The scent of oranges, shall we? ……….

When i bookmarked this recipe for orangettes over at smitten kitchen a while ago, i figured i’d make those someday along the way …

Well, along the way is today New Year’s Day 2021! i am using up the whole batch of these organic oranges and i’ll make orangettes and orange marmalade.

This first batch probably gets zero points for their messy appearance – i think i have to work on my presentation next time. i did not find a decent way to cover them properly in all that chocolate! i’m not too experienced with candy making and so i was virtually stuck in chocolate up to my elbows when i was finally done covering the slices … (stuck in chocolate?! is there really anything wrong with that?)

however, they taste marvellous despite this messy overall impression


4 large oranges
8 ounces water
8 ounces sugar
16 ounces dark chocolate
16 ounces bitter cocoa powder

1 – Slice the ends off of the oranges, score the peel from one end to the other, and remove the peels off the oranges.

2 – Slice the peels into thin strips and trim the edges.

3 – Using a medium size pot, place the peels in boiling water and blanch them for a few minutes. Rinse the peels, and repeat this process a second time. This is done to remove the bitterness of the peels.

4 – Prepare the simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a sauce pot. Bring the syrup to a simmer, place the peels in the pot, and simmer for 1 hour. Once the peels have cooked, remove them from the pot, and place on a rack to cool and drain.

5 – Melt the dark chocolate over a double boiler. Dip the candied orange peels in the chocolate, remove them quickly, and roll them in the cocoa powder. Store the orange peels in an airtight container.

Make sure to watch the pot while you cook the peels in the syrup! okay, a watched pot never boils, but you will quickly notice that if you set the temperature too high the water may boil off quickly and your slices will start to burn! if there’s too little water in the pot just add some more and reduce heat!

the oranges themselves where quickly transformed into orange marmalade:


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