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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sharing the Orang-ie Goodness

What's the use of creating things if you can't share them and give some away? Since, I often find myself inspired to make candy or other goodies, I have found that they make great gifts. As with many things, presentation is key.

Orange peels simmering in syrup.
There is an older woman I know through church with my grandmother as well as theater For her birthday I wanted to surprise her with  homemade candied orange peels (she mentioned a love for them) and a bottle of orange infused simple syrup (a sweet bit left from making the candied orange peels).

I candied the peels of two oranges, about a cup worth of clean peels, drained them, then let them dry before rolling them in raw sugar and dipping part of them in melted semi sweet chocolate. They are a lovely treat. (The preperation process takes out the bitterness.)

The process leaves an lovely orange infused simple syrup, that is perfect for tea or other beverage use. I bottled this syrup in a clean glass bottle I had emptied for something else (You never know when things like this might come in handy.)

The dried and chocolate set candied orange peels were packaged in a plastic bag I labeled both the simple syrup and the orange peels, then packed them in a small lunch bag with colored tissue paper and a card.

Candy making usually involved simple ingredients, with precise use of technique and ingredients. I love it!

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