Orange you beautiful!

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Yes, you really, really are. 

I needed sunshine.  Today started drearily, damp, and is quickly receding to, frozen.  Well, the streets, they’ll be frozen by daybreak.  An ice storm beckons, but I refuse to let  the lack of sunshine put a damper on my spirits.  These lovelies are my remedy.

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I discovered these precious bits of sunshine while perusing the beautiful blog, userealbutter.  I’ve wanted to make them from day one.   Travel, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations delayed my effort, but today was my day to play.

Orange Slices

4 large navel oranges, washed and peeled

Using a serrated knife, remove as much pith as possible from the interior of the orange.  Slice oranges into 1/4 inch strips and cover with cold water.   Bring water to a boil, drain and discard the water.  Repeat this process two additional times.  (This process will help to eliminate some of the bitterness associated with the peel.)

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3 cups sugar

1 cup cold water

small pinch of salt

Place cold water, pinch of salt, and the sugar into a heavy saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until the syrup reaches 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.  Carefully, and slowly, add the orange slices, reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until the slices become translucent.  (This took me about 45 minutes in my north Texas kitchen.)

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Granulated sugar for coating

When slices are ready, remove saucepan from heat and drain sugar syrup into a sterilized jar (fill jar with hot water and drain BEFORE adding syrup), using a colander or sieve.  Retain syrup, and working with a fork or small tongs, place orange slices atop a cooling rack.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.   Return to the cooled slices, and this time, adding one cup of sugar to a small bowl, roll and coat each slice individually.   Place coated slices onto parchment or waxed paper lined baking sheet and place in a cold oven to dry. 

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Store fully dried candy in an airtight container.  Refrigerate the syrup (once it has cooled), and use for pancakes or waffles, tea or coffee beverages.

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~ by coffeegrounded on January 27, 2009.

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