You will need to allow yourself 3 days to make them, with each step only taking about 30 mins per day.
I use the 'peel' recipe from 'Family's Festivals and Food' as it's nice and simple:
Peel of 4 (organic) oranges
1/2 oz bicarb. of soda
Wash the fruit. Remove peel in quarters, remove as much loose pith as possible. Soak the peel in bicarb. and 2 pints of water for 30 mins, then strain away water, cover peel with fresh water and simmer until tender for 30 mins. Slice the skins into strips, roughly the same size.
|things start to smell fantastic right about now!|
Boil up the syrup again and drop peel into it. Leave to dry on rack.
The next day melt 8 oz of dark organic chocolate 70%, and using a needle dip each piece of orange into the liquid. Leave again overnight to dry and store in an air tight container.
I like to offer mine in fancy christmas bags or tins.
With a plate of freshly baked mince pie's out of the oven things are really starting to smell christmassy around here.