This elegant homemade candy gets its fragrant flavor from our Ground Vietnamese Cinnamon, cardamom, white peppercorns and clove. Complex, but never overbearing, the spices lend a unique flavor and aroma that pairs well with delicate orange peels.
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 70 min
Total time: 90 min
Makes 3 1/2 cups
Remove peels of oranges in as of large pieces as possible (save flesh for another use). Use paring knife to carefully remove as much white pith as possible without tearing skin.
Cut peels into 1/2-inch strips and place into 2-quart pot with cold water. Bring water to a boil and strain. Repeat this process three times, starting with cold water for each boil.
Drain water again, and add 2-1/2 cups water, 2 cups sugar, vanilla bean, white pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add orange peels and simmer for about 1 hour or until the fruit is translucent.
Using tongs, remove fruit and transfer to cooling rack. Pour remaining cup sugar on plate. When orange peels are cool, toss in sugar.