Pine Syrup Candied Oranges

I made these lovely candied oranges to use as a garnish for winter hot toddies. They perfectly sweeten the beverage with their Pine Syrup coating and are delicious in both boozy and non-alcoholic beverages. They could also be used to top a cake, cupcakes or even strewn across a nice pork tenderloin. For the recipe below I put them into my food processor after candying, but this was only so they weren't sticky anymore as I sent some to a friend as a gift, wrapped in waxed paper. You can also dust them with sugar after they've dried overnight to prevent them from being too sticky.

 

Ingredients:

- 2-3 oranges sliced very thinly, no more than 1/8 inch. I used tangerines and blood oranges. Remove seeds and end pieces

- Large bowl of ice water

- 1 cup DRAM Pine Syrup

- 1/2 cup water

- 2 tablespoons orange juice

- extra sugar for dusting (optional)

  

Directions:

  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside 
  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil and add orange slices.
  3. Boil 1 minute then place in the bowl of ice water until cooled. Drain.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, bring Pine Syrup, water and 2 tablespoons orange juice just to a boil, and heat until combined.
  5. Turn heat to medium-low and place orange slices in the sugar-water in a single layer. DO NOT overlap the slices.
  6. Simmer gently (do not boil) the orange slices 45-60 minutes or until rinds are slightly translucent, turning every 15 minutes.
  7. Place orange slices on a cooling rack on a baking sheet and allow to cool completely, (1 hour or overnight). Place in a food dehyrator on lowest setting for 10 hours if you'd like them completely dried, not sticky.
  8. If desired, sprinkle extra sugar over candied orange slices if you prefer the slices less sticky.
  9. Use immediately or keep orange slices refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.
  10. The orange slices can be kept up to 1 month and used as a garnish for many desserts.
  11. Reserve Orange Pine syrup, in the fridge, for another use being sure to discard after 2 weeks. This syrup would be great in a gin or whiskey cocktail!
  12. Enjoy!

 

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