Cascara de Naranja Confitada

from US

Candied Orange Peel (Chile)

2 large thick-skinned oranges
3 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup sugar

With a vegetable peeler or a zester, cut strips of zest from the orange rind, leaving the bitter white pith behind. Slice the zest into thin julienne.

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of the water to a boil. Add the orange zest, and boil about 3 minutes. Drain and repeat the boiling for a total of three times, changing the water each time. Drain.

In the same saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the remaining 1/4 cup water. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil, and add the orange zest. Simmer over low heat until all the liquid has evaporated, and the zest is covered with the thick syrup, 8 to 10 minutes. Be careful not to caramelize sugar. Transfer the zest to a rack or a lightly oiled baking sheet. Let cool, and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

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