Candied Oranges

Entranced by the candied oranges she tasted in Barcelona, Margaret Braun devised this recipe on her return home.

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  • Servings: 32 pieces
KEY: Fall, Winter, Christmas, Holiday Open House, Spanish, Candy & Sweets, Desserts

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Ingredients

  • 8 medium navel oranges, preferably organic, quartered lengthwise
  • Water
  • 5 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the oranges with water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the oranges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pour off the water.
  2. In the same saucepan, combine 4 cups of the sugar with the corn syrup and 2 cups of fresh water and bring to a boil over moderately high heat; stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Add the oranges and cook over low heat, stirring once or twice, until they begin to look glassy, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Raise the heat to high and boil vigorously for 7 minutes; the rinds will begin to look translucent. Remove from the heat and let the oranges cool in the syrup. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the oranges to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let the oranges stand uncovered overnight or until tacky to the touch. Reserve the cooking syrup.
  4. Bring the syrup to a boil over high heat. Add the oranges and boil for 10 minutes. Let cool completely in the syrup. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the oranges, skin side down, to a rack. Let stand until tacky.
  5. Put the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar in a paper bag, add the oranges and shake until well coated. Dry the oranges on a baking sheet lined with parchment; sugar them again if they still seem moist. Let the oranges stand uncovered overnight or for several days.

Make Ahead

The oranges can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Serve With

These succulent oranges can be served on their own as a sweet or chopped and used in other desserts.

Contributed By Photo © Fernando Bengoechea Published December 1998

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