I’m not one to turn my head away from sinking my teeth into colorful juicy fruit, especially when the fruit is warmed and bathed in sugar! So let me just say these Easy Caramelized Candied Oranges are an attention grabbing beauty!
You know how you finish a typical family meal such as a burger and fries or spicy soup and at the end of the meal, you’d love to be offered a treat to sooth that sweet tooth? I am delighted to share that the chewy sweetened rind is refreshed by the soft and juicy pulp, a healthy sweet treat you can feel good about eating! They make a lovely gift, too (packed in parchment paper since they are sticky from the caramelized sugars) and packaged in a home made labeled container. A perfect hostess gift for the upcoming holidays (ok friends, now you know what I am bringing to your holiday party – wink, wink!)!
These blood orange slices truly are something special: rather than having bitter notes and long amounts of prep and cook time to candy them, they are simply roasted in perfect caramelized natural sugars. Caramelizing the oranges brings out their beautiful color, making these Easy Caramelized Candied Oranges perfect for gifts and decorations for citrus and chocolate cakes. Blood oranges are in season from December through May, and I happen to come across a gorgeous basket of them at the market. If you seek out blood oranges, high five! because you are doing something good for your health. Blood oranges are a rich source of fiber and a healthy dose of vitamin C, which can help protect you from infection. My version calls for Xylitol, a healthy sugar that is better for the body and actually helps to strengthen teeth enamel. Xylitol is known to inhibit cavities by denying plaque bacteria which erodes tooth enamel. I recommend getting this Birch Tree Xyliol as it comes from sugars from Birch Trees. Most versions today are derived from corn instead of the natural sugars of the Birch Tree. And please be aware that dogs can not have Xylitol, which you can read about here. Ok, enough about the healthy sugar talk, almost to the recipe.
Only 2 ingredients! It is that simple. A few blood oranges and a good dose of sugar. Roast for a few minutes and you have beautiful caramelized fruit!
Next time you’re craving a healthy refreshing dessert, eat fruit in its most natural form. “Juice is sugar that is unwrapped from its fiber source, and whenever you unwrap sugar from its fiber source, it can turn toxic in your body,” said Dr. Amen.
Blood oranges are best eaten fresh―out of hand, tossed in salads, salsas, or marmalades. But slightly roasted I’d say is pretty darn close to best! Enjoy these juicy delights!
- 2 Blood Oranges
- 1 cup sugar (prefer Xyliyol)
- Preheat the oven to 500 Degrees F. Cut the oranges crosswise into even slices about ¼ inch thick.
- Line an 11 x 17 with foil. Cover the foil with parchment paper. Sprinkle half the sugar evenly over the entire surface. Arrange the orange slices evenly over the sugar with about ½ inch in between. Sprinkle oranges evenly to coat with the remaining sugar.
- Bake on the middle rack in the oven. Cook & rotate the pan to make sure it browns evenly: cook for about 2, rotate the pan. Cook another 2 minutes, rotate again. Repeat totaling 6-8 minutes cook time until the sugar turns an amber brown. Remove from oven and let it cool for 1 hour.
- Gently remove the orange slices from the pan and store in an airtight container util you are ready to serve or packed as a gift. Can be re-heated and served slightly warm.
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