candied orange rinds dipped in dark chocolate

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Author Notes: sweet, tangy, fresh candied orange peel dipped in a luxuriously silky & bitter dark chocolate with just a hint of vanillawhatever's left

Serves 8

  • 7 pieces large, organic oranges
  • 3 pounds sugar
  • 500 milliliters water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 0.83 pounds good quality dark chocolate 80%+
  1. cut the oranges in half & juice them. (fresh orange juice for the whole family!). Using a spoon, scrape out the flesh from the inside of the orange peel, but leave the peel & pith (the white part) intact. Cut the remaining rind into strips of the desired length & thickness. Don’t go too thin with them as you don’t want them to be flimsy.
  2. place the strips into a large pot & fill with cold water until the rinds are covered. Bring the water to a boil & allow to boil for 5 minutes, drain the water. Repeat this step 3 more times (4 times altogether). Strain the rind strips & set aside.
  3. Put the sugar, vanilla bean powder & 500ml of water into the pot & bring to a boil. Once the mixture reaches 120C, add the orange peels back to the pot & reduce the heat down so the mixture simmers. You will want to boil the peels in the sugar mixture until they become translucent, this will take between an hour & an hour & a half.
  4. Make sure to check on them every 10 minutes or so & give them a good, but gentle stir. Once the rinds have become translucent, remove the pot from the heat. Be very careful at this point because boiling sugar burns BADLY!
  5. using tongs, remove the strips one by one & place them on a wire cooling rack to dry. Make sure the strips do not touch otherwise they will stick together. Also, place a sheet of parchment under the rack as this will make cleanup easier.
  6. The strips can take between 30 minutes & 3 days to completely dry, this will depend on the temperature outside & the humidity. You want them to be dry before you dip them in chocolate.
  7. Place the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave & melt carefully. Once melted, dip the strips one by one & shake gently to remove excess chocolate. Place the dripped strips onto a piece of parchment until cooled & hardened. The quantity of chocolate recommended will dip half the strips.
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3 months ago cookinmama1

Yes, this is an incomplete recipe. So is the one for the Dark Chocolate, Almond and Sea Salt Bark by the same person; whatever's left? Have no idea why someone would do this???? Please someone, help, and finish these recipes!!! Thank you.

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3 months ago whatever's left

Good morning Cookinmama1. I can see that this recipe is missing a step. I've tried to update it several times but for some reason it won't save the changes. You can see the full recipe here:
http://www.whateversleft...

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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3 months ago cookinmama1

Just checked and it posted for you this time. I've never posted any recipes, so I have no idea how it works, but it looks great. Thanks for taking the time to do this. There are many recipes out there on candied citrus rinds, but I've found yours to be the best. Made quite a few for a friend about a year ago, (she was having a baby shower), and her guests ate every one! So, you know this one's a winner. My favorites to do are ruby red grapefruit, and lime. Just something about those two that are so lovely. Thanks again.

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2 months ago whatever's left

Hey cookinmama, sorry for the delay in response. I noticed it now too. Glad it finally updated, I kept hitting save & seeing no results, was a little frustrating especially since I hated knowing it's been up here for so long & incomplete. & thank you by the way, that's quite the compliment you gave me in your feedback. I'm not much of a fan for grapefruit, but candied lime zest sounds divine. I'd dip it in milk chocolate after that has a little cayenne mixed in.

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over 1 year ago Eveline

something went wrong here... the candying instruction is missing.