Looking for a new way to enjoy your mandarin oranges as a citrus treat? Try your hand at making these delicious candied mandarin oranges. Here's how!
Everybody knows mandarin oranges are pretty much nature's candy on their own. But, if your sweet tooth is in the mood for something a bit more sugary, transforming nature's candy into actual candy is surprisingly simple!
Are you ready to get cooking? Here's everything you need to know about how to make candied mandarin oranges.
Gather Your Ingredients
Before you start cooking, you're going to need to gather up the necessary ingredients and tools — once you get started, things will move pretty quick, so recipe prep is critical here.
To make candied mandarin oranges, you'll need a wide saucepan with a lid, a stainless steel baking rack, a cookie sheet, and parchment paper.
You will also need honey, five mandarin oranges sliced thin (minus the end pieces), 1/3 cup honey, 1 cup water, and sugar for dusting.
Step 1: Prep
Before you start cooking, preheat your oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, and line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then set the baking rack on top of the parchment-lined cookie sheet and it aside.
Step 2: Cook
Start by adding the honey and water to your saucepan and heating them over low until combined. Then carefully add in the mandarin oranges and cover the pan with the lid and let everything cook over low heat for 45 minutes. Make sure to check the orange slices every few minutes to make sure they don't burn.
After 45 minutes, turn the heat up to medium-low and let the mixture cook for another 30 minutes or until it starts to bubble. Then remove your saucepan from the heat.
Step 3: Bake
Using tongs or a fork, carefully transfer your mandarin oranges onto the stainless steel baking rack and bake for 30 minutes.
After the first thirty minutes, remove the tray from the oven, and using your tongs or fork, carefully flip each mandarin orange slice over. Then return the tray to the oven and bake them for another 30 minutes.
Step 4: Cool and Complete
Finally, once your orange slices are out of the oven, let them cool completely, and then coat them in sugar to cut back on stickiness and give them that classic candied mandarin orange sparkle.
Once you dust them in sugar, feel free to chow down or use your candied orange slices to decorate baked goods or garnish cocktails.
If you want to take your confectionary concoctions to the next level, you can do that by adding a touch of chocolate!
After you cover your orange slices in sugar, set them aside and melt 10 oz of dark baking chocolate on your stove in a double boiler. Once everything is melted down and runny, remove the chocolate from the stove and carefully dip your candied mandarin orange slices in so that you cover one side in chocolate.
Carefully set your chocolate-dipped pieces onto a clean sheet of parchment paper to dry and bon appétit!
Enjoy Your Delicious Candied Mandarin Oranges
Now that you know how you can whip up candied mandarin oranges right in your kitchen, it's time to get cooking! Take a look at this easy mandarin orange cake recipe too!
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