Israeli Chocolate-Coated Orange Peels
From EatingWell: January/February 1994
Often when you drop in at someone's home in Israel, the hostess will set them out for nibbles.
- 3 oranges
- 2 cups sugar, plus extra for rolling
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) chocolate, finely chopped, divided
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Set aside.
- Scrub oranges well, and cut in half. Scoop out the flesh and reserve for another use. Place the shells in a medium bowl and cover with cold water, keeping them under water with a small plate or lid. Let soak for about 4 hours or overnight, replacing the water once.
- Cut each shell in half, and place in a large heavy saucepan. Add water to cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 15 minutes. Drain and repeat the process. When oranges are cool enough to handle, cut into strips about 1/4 by 2 inches. Return the strips to the saucepan, add sugar and 1 cup water.
- Bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook gently, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost gone, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. (Watch closely toward the end of cooking.) Add the lemon juice and stir to coat the strips. Drain the strips in a sieve. When they are cool enough to handle, spread on the prepared baking sheet.
- Reserve 1/4 cup of the chocolate and place the remaining chocolate and the oil in the top of a double boiler set over barely simmering water. Stir just until melted, remove double boiler from heat, then add the remaining chocolate, stirring until melted.
- Roll each orange strip in sugar, then dip half of each peel into the chocolate and return to the baking sheet. Place in the freezer for a minute or two to let the chocolate set. Remove from the freezer and let them sit for several hours until they are firm.
Tips & Notes
- Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
Per candy: 31 calories; 1 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 0 mg sodium; 9 mg potassium.
Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrate
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- Ease of Preparation
- Total Time
- More than 1 hour
- Middle Eastern
- 8 or more
- Preparation/ Technique
- January/February 1994