Do you know what season it is? Blood orange season (don’t rain on my parade, this is a real season to celebrate). I have been checking store after store for over a month waiting for this delicious citrus to come in, and then it happened. While running in to grab yogurt and diapers, hidden in the corner of the produce department, my little treasures were finally in…so I bought roughly 20 of them. Why 20? Because I’m pregnant, I’ve been looking for them for over a month, and 20 seemed like a reasonable amount of oranges to buy.
I rushed home with my gems, excitedly threw them on the counter and watched as my husband looked dumbfounded at the abundance of citrus spilling out onto our island. Cautiously he asked me why I thought we needed some many oranges (no one in the house likes them except me). My response? ‘Shut up I’m pregnant.’
Now that I’ve reached my third trimester I crave all things sweet (and pickled), so I though I would make some candied oranges…dipped in chocolate. This way I still am having fruit (making the doctors happy) while getting my chocolate (making me happy). Its a win win for all if you ask me.
What you will need:
- 3-5 blood oranges (I can’t cut even so I needed 5)
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 3 cups water
- dark chocolate
1. Cut your oranges into even slices…this seems simple but my slices always come out thin on one side, and thick on the other. Or I’ll try to cut thin slices and end up with only half a slice. If you know the secret behind cutting oranges, please share it with me!
2. In a saucepan mix together your sugar and water over a low simmer, then add your orange slices.
3. Poach your oranges by simmering them on low for approx. 1 hour. I like to flip them halfway through to ensure ultimate candied goodness.
4. Dry your oranges- Now your oranges are officially candied! Set them on a cooling rack and let the excess syrup drip off. Let them dry for the next 24 hours…yes 24 long hours.
DO NOT throw out your poaching liquid. It is now a beautifully infused simple syrup that you can use for a variety of drinks. Don’t know what to make?Maybe there will be a drink recipe in this blogs future…ok I’ll brake the suspense, I am definatly using it for a drink later on this week…or next week…Im pregnant with a toddler so don’t rush me!
5. Dip your oranges in chocolate- After your oranges have dried its time to add the final touch. I like to use dark chocolate…because oranges and chocolate are the yummiest. Melt a few pieces of chocolate in the microwave or with a double boiler.
Dip half of your orange in the chocolate and then rest it on the cooling rack again. Pop them in the fringe for a a few minutes to let the chocolate set, and then they are ready to go.
Voila! Chocolate candied oranges. Are these delicious? YES
Confession Time: Sometimes I like to think I am the modern day Julia Child in the kitchen…reality? I’m more like a seven year old with the attention span of a goldfish. I can cook without burning much, but want things done NOW. These are o so yummy, but are time consuming little buggers. So if you have the time then go for it, but if your time is limited then I suggest grabbing a kit kat- turning on a cooking show, and calling it a day.
If you do brave these tasty little treats let me know how they turn out!