Dried Orange Slices
Dried orange slices are so easy to make at home and look fabulous decorating cakes and bakes or being used for decorations around the home.
Dried Orange Slices are a stunning piece of Christmas in my house. I use them as topping for my bakes (wonderful cupcake decorations) to decorations to hang up on the tree. They are also the perfect addition to a home made wreath or pot-pourri to make your home smell incredible.
How to make dried orange slices
I love the look of dried oranges and they are brilliantly versatile and long lasting for decorations. To make them you simply cut the orange in to approximately 5mm-8mm slices. Using kitchen paper dab off as much of the juice as you can.
Lay the orange slices on a oven wrack and pop in the oven for about 3 hours on a low temperature. I did mine at 80ºC in a fan oven.
I have made so many batches of these in time for Christmas. I use them for cake decorations, decorations for the tree and even tied to the presents to add a little foodie treat to go with the gift tag. Since they last for years you can make a load and keep them for last minute decorations. I love having some saved for a last minute Christmas cake or cupcakes. The dried oranges always look gorgeous so they are a quick decoration which everyone will love.
Storing the dried orange slices
Storing them is pretty easy and they will last for years if done right. Once you’ve made them pop them in a box or bag in a cool place. If you have time you can put them in a box with greaseproof paper but once they are dried they should be absolutely fine. I have some which are about 5 years old which are still perfect for decorations. They are great at lasting if you don’t get them moist otherwise they might start going bad. They will change colour over time so I think they will last a few years easily. If they lose their colour and you don’t want to throw them away. You can add them to a bag of Christmas pot-pourri or make your own.
Once you’ve used the dried orange slices for cake decorations/if they’ve come in contact with other food it would be best to dispose of them after use. The moisture from cakes and icing can cause them to start them going bad.
The house will smell amazing and fresh when you make them.
I would recommend checking on the orange slices every 45 minutes to make sure they haven’t fallen through the oven shelves.
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Dried Orange Slices
- 4 Oranges
- Preheat the oven to 80*C and remove the shelves.
- Slice the oranges into 5-8mm slices. It looks thick but when they dry out they will go a lot thinner.
- Once the pieces are sliced put them on kitchen paper and absorb as much juice as you can.
- Place the orange slices on the oven shelf and pop in the oven for approximately 3 hours. But check the orange and turn them over each 45 minutes.
- Allow them to cool and enjoy using them as decorations.