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Candied Orange Slices, Orange Crystallized Ginger, and Orange Ginger Honey

This is a two-step progression of recipes that results in 4 products, each using the leftovers of the step before. Feel free to stop at any step you want, though.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Cooling time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Holiday
Keyword: candied ginger, candied oranges, Candy, Crystallized Ginger, Ginger, Honey, orange
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Marie Porter

Ingredients

Candied Orange Slices

  • 2 -3 Large Oranges Ideally seedless
  • 2 ½ Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Additional Sugar

Orange Syrup Crystallized Ginger

  • 1 lb Ginger
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • Additional Sugar

Instructions

Candied Orange Slices

  • Slice oranges very thinly – aiming for just slightly thinner than ¼″. Remove and discard all seeds, if applicable
  • In a large pot, bring water and sugar to a boil. Add orange slices, gently stirring to separate and coat with sugar water.
  • Once syrup comes back to a boil, turn temperature down enough to keep it just at a good simmer – NOT a full boil – and simmer for about 45 minutes. I like to gently stir every 10-15 minutes or so, to ensure all of the slices are getting full exposure to the syrup.
  • As you wait for the simmering oranges, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread a good amount of sugar over the parchment paper – a cup or two, enough to get a nice layer of sugar. Set up a drying/cooling rack over the sugar pan.
  • Once the 45 minutes are up, remove pan from heat. Use a fork to gently remove orange slices from the syrup, allowing excess syrup to drip off into the pan.
  • Arrange drained slices on the rack, allow to drip and cool for 30 minutes or so. Once time is up, flip them and allow to sit for another 30 minutes or so.
  • Gently dredge orange slices in sugar from the parchment paper, making sure both sides are evenly coated. Arrange on the rack once again, allow to dry overnight
  • Store in an airtight container, use within a week or so.

Orange Syrup Crystallized Ginger

  • Use a vegetable peeler to peel all of the skin (rind?) off of the ginger, carefully slice it all into uniformly thin pieces. (I like to aim for between ⅛″ and ¼″ thick).
  • Place into pot of orange syrup. Bring syrup back up to a boil, turn temperature down enough to keep it just at a good simmer – NOT a full boil – and simmer for about 45 minutes. I like to gently stir every 10-15 minutes or so, to ensure all of the slices are getting full exposure to the syrup.
  • As you wait for the ginger to cook, top up the sugar in the parchment lined baking sheet. You’ll want a good solid layer.
  • Once the 45 minutes are up, add 1 cup of sugar to the pot, and stir well. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove ginger from the syrup, allowing excess liquid to drop back into the pan. As you strain liquid off, put ginger into the sugar lined baking pan, tossing to coat.
  • Allow ginger to cool and dry for a few hours.

Orange-Ginger Sugar

  • Transfer the ginger pieces to an airtight container, gently knocking them against each other (I’ll roll them in my hands) to dislodge any loose, excess sugar. Cover tightly, store at room temperature.
  • You’ll be left with a fair amount of excess sugar, mostly clumpy. Run all of that through a food processor until it’s as fine as you’d like it – this will depend on your desired uses for it. Transfer to an airtight container, store at room temperature.
  • Use it to add a bit of extra flavor to your baking, to coffee or tea, or to rim your cocktail glasses!

Orange-Ginger “Honey”

  • Once you’ve transferred the ginger to the sugar pan, you will be left with a golden coloured, very thick syrup. You can add a little hot water to thin it out, if you like.
  • Transfer to a clean mason jar, store in the fridge. (It may thicken / harden – it will liquify when warmed up!).
  • Use in tea, or as a replacement for honey in most recipes.

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg