Christmas, Other sweets

Candied Orange Zest

December 5, 2011

This is one of recipes I have tried because I’m a food blogger and I feel I have to do everything from a scratch ;) But it also annoys me to find artificial ingredients in shop-bought candied orange zest.
The recipe for candied zest comes from Usagi blog. It isn’t traditional way of preparing candied orange zest, because you don’t boil it in a syrup. You just need to peel oranges, get rid off of the white pith, cover it with sugar and leave it for a few weeks to soften. Apparently the orange zest prepared this way is more fragrant and has nicer colour. And you can always add new layers of it at the top.
I won’t tell you that making your own orange zest is a hassle free activity, but you will feel that you have the control of what you eat and your house will smell like Christmas :D

candied orange zest
Candied Orange Zest
  • oranges (choose fruits that are free of pesticides, dyes, and wax)
  • granulated sugar

Wash and dry oranges.
Using a citrus zester, vegetable peeler or small knife peel the oranges.
If there is any whit pith left on the zest, simply peel it with a knife.
Cut zest into long stripes or small pieces (depending on how you want to use them).
Put a layer of orange zest (not to thick) in the sterilised jar and cover it precisely with a layer of sugar. Press it well with a spoon. Keep going until you run out of the orange zest.
Cover it with a thicker layer of sugar and leave it to rest for a few weeks.

candied orange zest

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  • Reply Amee December 5, 2011 at 20:28

    How industrious of you, Magda. You are a better woman than I. What lovely things will you make with it, I wonder.

  • Reply Magda December 5, 2011 at 20:40

    Thank you Amee. I love orange zest. I will probably add it to traditional Polish poppy seed strudel and cheesecake with orange zest is also delicious :)

  • Reply Elena December 6, 2011 at 15:27

    I like the recipe.

  • Reply Sue/the view from great island December 6, 2011 at 21:49

    This is beautiful I’m always looking for more ways to infuse citrus flavor into my baking and this recipe uses such an interesting method.

  • Reply Lebkuchen - Magda's Cauldron December 2, 2013 at 00:23

    […] they are my favourite ones, they are just soft and spicy and smell amazing. It’s worth using homemade candied orange zest, as it’s simply the best, the store-bought stuff tastes like sugar rather than orange. I know […]

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