Keeping it simple with these sugar-coated citrus slices dunked in decadent dark chocolate and sprinkled with Himalayan salt. They’re perfectly candied, zesty and chewy with just enough bite and taste even better paired with chocolate. Perfect holiday giveaways to bump up that sugar rush if you’re looking to switch it up from the traditional Christmas cookies!
PREPARATION TIME: 2 hours, excluding resting period
INGREDIENTS (makes approx. 12 )
- 225 ml water
- 225 g caster sugar
- 2 large regular oranges / blood oranges
- 1 bar of 70% dark chocolate
- Sea salt, to sprinkle (Or a pink Himalayan salt instead)
(Recipe by Donal Skehan)
Prepare the oranges by slicing them into thin rounds.
In a large saucepan, bring the water and caster sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely.
Lower the heat and gently place the orange slices in the liquid. Let the slices simmer in the sugar syrup until the white pith of the orange has become translucent. This process should take around 40 minutes.
Once ready, using a fork or a pair of tongs carefully place the slices onto a wire-rack lined with parchment paper. Leave to dry and harden for 3 to 4 hours or preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven to 100°C.
Place the wire rack into the oven and leave to dry for around 3 hours.
Melt the dark chocolate over a bain marie . Set aside and let it cool completely.
Dip the candied orange into the dark chocolate. You could do halves or dunk it all in, as much or as little as you prefer. Sprinkle with some salt and you’re good to go!
While slicing the oranges, try to be as neat and even as possible to yield a better result.
Remember to lower the heat to avoid burning the sugar syrup, things could get messy!
DO NOT attempt to touch the sugar syrup to check on it or taste it, let the slices cool down completely before you do.
Avoid stirring the sugar syrup so that the sugar doesn’t crystalize in the saucepan .
If you give this recipe a go, I’d love to see how it turned out. Leave a comment below and share your pictures on Instagram using the tag #thecookbooklife!
Keep it simple! Happy holidays everyone!