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Gourmet Chocolate Orange

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This Instructable will teach you to make a fancy-pants chocolate orange using REAL chocolate and REAL oranges. Chocolate oranges are a Christmas favorite in my half-British family, but sometimes they can be hard to find in the United States. However, you should be able to make these chocolate oranges with ingredients you may already have in your own home!

I also wanted to be able to make Fair Trade and/or vegan chocolate oranges for friends with refined tastes and/or ethics.In this Instructable, I will make Fair Trade milk chocolate orange truffles with candied orange skins on the outside. However, I will give guidelines for making vegan chocolate oranges.

As a special bonus, you will also learn about my quirky culinary improvisations, such as my iron skillet double boiler and unusual uses for a flat metal grater.

This recipe will make 12 chocolate orange slices. I found that 6 slices together make enough of a sphere to suggest an orange.

Although I think of chocolate oranges as a Christmas treat, they might also be a nice romantic gesture for a sweetheart or media naranja. Please, if you don't know about the phrase "media naranja" or "orange half," look it up! It's adorable!

In this Instructable you will learn to make Orange chocolate "ganache" (Steps 1-3) and Candied orange peels (Steps 4-7)
Then you will assemble everything into a chocolate orange with candied peel (Step 8).

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Thetis1 year ago
I hate to say this, but your cast iron skillet is not functioning as a double boiler. The whole point of a double boiler is that the chocolate container is only being heated by hot water so that it does not overheat. In this set up, the pan with the chocolate is in contact with the skillet which in turn is in contact with the heat source which means that you could easily be overheating the chocolate, making it much more likely to seize.

The normal arrangement if you don't have a double boiler is a saucepan partly filled with hot water, and a slightly larger ceramic bowl sitting in the top of the saucepan, preferably not actually in contact with the water under it. Once you have brought the water to the boil, switch the heat off under the pan, then melt the chocolate.
You can use the syrup to flavor hot chocolate, coffee, or soda water. You can also cook it down further and use it to make hard candies.
moseph (author)  azurelunatic2 years ago
Thanks for the suggestions! I have added them in (crediting you, of course) in step 7.