- 10 Seville oranges;
- 2 cups granulated sugar;
- 2 cinnamon sticks and 6 cloves.
The dessert is made with the white part of the peel.
Rub each orange against a fine food grater to remove just the rind.
After removing all the yellow peel, cut the oranges into quarters and remove the segments.
Place segments of peel in a cooking pot. Cover with water and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Drain the water, refill with tap water and simmer again for more 5 minutes.
Repeat this process about three times to remove the orange bitter taste.
After you simmered and replaced the water three times, drain the orange and set aside while you prepare the syrup.
You need to prepare the syrup where you will soak the orange peel in.
Prepare the syrup the way you like it, light or heavy with corn syrup or sugar. Below, we explain how we prepare it:
We bring to boil 2 cups of granulated sugar with two cups of water. We combine the cinnamon sticks and cloves and boil until we get the syrup, or about 10 minutes.
When your syrup is done, soak the orange peels in this syrup and cook additional 10 minutes, just enough for the sugar sink in the oranges. You need to have enough syrup to cover the orange peels completely.
SERVE: Let it cool and serve. This dessert is traditional in country cities in Brazil.
Note: You also can find this dessert in the dehydrated version.
To make dehydrated orange peels, you soak the cooked orange peels in very heavy sugar syrup and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Then you remove the peels from the syrup and place them flat in a strainer or colander. Let them dry overnight.
In the next day, you roll the orange peels over granulated sugar and place each peel under the sun for final drying.