Dried orange slices are fabulously festive and fragrant.
Here is how to make them:
- Preheat oven to a low setting, e.g. 100C.
- Using a sharp knife, cut across the orange to create slices that are around 5mm thick.
- Press the slices with kitchen paper or an old tea towel to soak away excess orange juice and arrange the slices on a nonstick baking tray. Use baking parchment if necessary.
- Bake in the oven for a couple of hours (turning over the slices half-way) then transfer to an airing cupboard overnight when the slices are dry to the touch. This simply saves energy. If you don’t have an airing cupboard, just keep baking for an extra hour or two, checking and turning the slices every half hour.
- When the oranges slices are dry, they will be almost translucent and will look gorgeous set again the tree lights. Simply poke a hole through the top with a skewer and use ribbon to hang them onto your Christmas tree. They also look gorgeous when added to wreaths.
- Alternatively create a citrus bauble, by arranging the slices to form the shape of an orange, with the smallest slices at each end, and the largest in the middle. Thread a length of ribbon through the centre of the slices, creating a loop at the top and tying the ribbon at the bottom to secure the slices. Cut away the excess ribbon and you’ll have another beautiful decoration with which to grace the tree.
Thank you to Karen Cannard who blogs at The Rubbish Diet for this lovely idea.
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