18. Dezember 2006

lets smoke out the malady ...

... with the scent of oranges, shall we?

several fairly large oranges have piled up over the last weeks due to my loss of appetite. actually, i did not use the content of my farm box at all. sure, i could have cancelled the delivery for a while, but i gave my veggies to my mother instead. she ran some errands in linz past week and she happily took all the organic food off my hands (minus apples and oranges).

when i bookmarked this recipe for orangettes over at smitten kitchen a while ago (i am totally smitten by that blog, btw) i figured i'd make those someday along the way ...

well, along the way is today! i am using up the whole batch of these organic oranges and i'll make orangettes and orange marmalade. the orangettes will definitely go into my adventcookie collection for future reference. honestly - i suppose i just will make this candy all year long whenever i peel oranges ...

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 propperly 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.

orangettes: dip in dark chocolate

orangettes (original recipe at the food network)

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.

    orangettes: peel
  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.

    orangettes: 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:

sugar high friday # 26

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Trig hat gesagt…

Love the simmering .gif! How are you publishing all this? Are you working full-time at it these days?

tschoerda hat gesagt…

i am still at home recovering from my sickness, so i have plenty of time righ now. and i am slowly getting bored. i'll probably post every day for at least one more week (once i find my appetite again)

cavacavien hat gesagt…

2nd challenge to leave my comment, sinsce blogger kicked me out last time i wanted leaving a comment here :(

i like your new template!
this is awesome, definitely!!!

hope you'll be better soooooooon :)

Trig hat gesagt…

Get well soon.

I've just migrated to the new Blogger so things I posted some time back are now magically appearing on the feed. It makes me look like I'm publishing more!

Plenty of hot lemon and honey and chicken noodle soup are worth a whole health centre full of doctors any day.

tschoerda hat gesagt…

yes, the same happened over here when i was tagging all my posts in the new blogger system ... and i've had chicken soup as you suggested - not homemade at all, but certainly very calming!

Scott at Real Epicurean hat gesagt…

Ah, great stuff! I'm definitely going to try (and then adapt) this one.

burekaboy — hat gesagt…

hey tschoerda -- i have made these many times. they are really great. yours look perfectly done. they are very popular in israel, land of oranges :)

zorra hat gesagt…

Kannst du mir bei Gelegenheit, das Orangen Marmeladen Rezept durchgeben. Ich schwimme in Orangen. ;-)

Ich wünsche dir ein Gutes Neues Jahr.