This week I am on a mission to make a certain type of cake (to be revealed later). In my head this cake has round jelly orange slices all around it. Key words, "in my head". I went to WinCo, Dollar Tree, and Rite Aid on my search for these jelly slices I pictured in my head. Then unwillingly, I went to the mall (keep in mind I am 8 months pregnant, so the mall for once did not sound fun to me) to check the very expensive candy store. They had them...almost. Apparently the orange slices I pictured only come in half slices... not full round slices. Like this...
I used about 8 to 10 Cuties. You can do this with 2-3 regular sized oranges too. I washed them in warm water and scrubbed them clean. Then I took a very sharp knife and cut the oranges in three slices about 1/4". I got about three slices per Cutie. Set aside.
In a large heavy skillet, bring 2 cups of water, 1 cup of sugar and 2 Tablespoons of light corn syrup to a boil. Then add orange slices. Let boil for 8-10 minutes turning each slice a few times. Then turn down to medium and let cook for 40 minutes. Turning occasionally. Reduce heat and let simmer until the liquid becomes more of a syrup and the oranges start to turn translucent. Remove from heat, but let oranges cool in the pan for about 5 minutes.
Then take them and lay them on a wire rack for another 5 minutes to let the juices drain off. You could stop here. You could even melt and dip them in some delicious chocolate.
But I wanted them to look a little more like the sugared jelly orange slices, but round. So I took a 1/2 cup of sugar and dipped the oranges in the sugar, both sides. Much better! This is the look I was going for...
Cake coming soon!