Chocolate Dipped Oranges
- 2 large oranges
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark chocolate
- 1 tablespoon almond oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Candied Orange Slices
- Wash the oranges, and cut the navel ends off the orange with a sharp knife. Cut the rest into rounds about 1/4-inch thick.
- Blend the water and sugar in a large pot with a wide bottom, or large skillet with a lip high enough to hold it.
- Heat at a medium low setting until the sugar has dissolved.
- Carefully place the orange slices in the pot so they do not overlap except by the edges.
- Bring to a simmer, turn the heat to low, and allow them to cook for about 40 minutes. Turn 3 or 4 times through the process.
- When they are ready, transfer carefully to a rack to cool.
- Wait until they are fully cooled and as dry as possible before adding the chocolate coating, or the chocolate won’t stick.
- Create a double boiler by placing a heatproof bowl (or smaller saucepan) inside a medium saucepan that is about 1/3 full of water. Set heat at a medium low setting.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces, and place it with the almond oil and brown sugar in the inside bowl. Melt, stirring as the water in the saucepan heats up.
- You can also melt the chocolate in the microwave. Place it in a bowl, and heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.
- When the chocolate coating is fully melted, dip the slices into it by the half. You can wiggle them gently in the chocolate to create a smooth line.
- Let any excess drip off, and place on the lined baking sheet. Once it’s flat on the parchment paper, use the tip of a knife (or your finger) to gently push the uncovered slice towards the chocolate – just for about a 1/4-inch. If you do it delicately enough, it will create a nicely rounded edge to the chocolate half.
- Once all the slices have been dipped, let the baking sheet sit at room temperature for about five minutes.
- Place in the fridge for 1 hour to properly set before eating.
- They can be stored for a week or so in an airtight container in the fridge.