Candied Citrus

Orange-Vanilla Bean Cupcakes
Photo: Con Poulos
1 dozen slices

Use these to decorate our Orange-Vanilla Bean Cupcakes. Other citrus, such as lemons or blood oranges, can be substituted.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 2 small navel oranges, cut into ⅛-inch-thick slices, seeded (or other citrus)


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until clear, about 5 minutes. Add enough orange slices to fit in 1 layer. Simmer, flipping occasionally, until translucent, 20 to 40 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer slices to a heatproof container. Repeat. Pour syrup over top. Let cool. Citrus in syrup will keep, covered and refrigerated, for up to 1 week.

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