Vegan, Gluten Free, and Delicious! Oranges Glacees (glazed or candied oranges)

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This recipe, honoring Julia Child’s 100th birthday, is so simple that it is astonishing. This dish epitomizes simple elegance and is a perfect time saver for a big dinner party. Don’t let the ease of this dish fool you – it is a beautiful and refreshing dish, especially if following a heavy dinner. While Julia garnished this dish with green sugared candies, we like the idea of garnishing it with a little fresh mint instead.

Vegan and Gluten Free Oranges Glacees – Glazed Oranges

6 large navel oranges
2 cups vegan granulated sugar
⅔ cup water

With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange skins (leave the white part intact for now) and cut them into small strips – about ⅛ inch wide and 2 inches long. Simmer the peels in water for 10 to 12 minutes, until tender. Drain them and rinse them in cold water, drying on a paper towel.

Next, cut the white part of the peel off of the oranges so that the orange is exposed. On one end of each orange, cut a small piece off to leave the bottom flat so that the orange can stand up. Arrange them in a serving dish, standing up on their flattened bottoms.

In a saucepan, boil the sugar and water to the firm ball stage. If you have a candy thermometer, this is ideal, and the temperature should be 244 degrees. Once it has reached this temperature, put the blanched orange peels into the syrup and boil for just a minute or two until the syrup has thickened again. Now spoon the syrup over the oranges and chill until serving time.

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If you prefer to slice the oranges first, slice them crosswise and arrange them horizontally in the serving dish, then glaze them. If you wanted to add a little more to this dish, a scoop of your favorite vegan ice cream would be perfect!

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