Christmas, christmas crafts

Dried Oranges

I first dried fruit slices last year, oranges, lemons and apples to be precise, though I have to be honest, my dried apples weren’t very successful so this year I will keep it to just oranges and lemons. This is super easy to do.

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Preheat your oven to 140C/120C Fan. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment. Slice your oranges and place between two clean towels, pressing down on them to remove some of the excess juice. Place them on the baking sheets, then, transfer to the oven and set the timer for an hour, after which you turn them over. If you’re using a conventional oven you may wish to switch the trays around, they’ll be fine in a fan oven as the heat distributes evenly throughout the oven.

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Set the timer again for another hour, they should be done after this time, if they’re not leave them in a while longer. Let them cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

These are beautiful, I use them for a variety of different things.

I studded some with cloves, added them to a bowl with pine cones and it sits on the console table smelling beautiful.

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Others have a piece of twine looped on and are added to the gift wrap on the Chocolate Biscuit Puddings I make.

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We made some very simple, very pretty Christmas cards with them.

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I love having a fresh wreath on the front door, though I find them a tad bare so I add some of the orange and lemon slices to this too.

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Tell me what you do with your dried citrus fruits, I’d love some more ideas!

4 Comments

  1. Oh they look so lovely!

  2. […] approach and this time there was no paint involved!! We used ribbon, buttons and some of my dried oranges. Also, with time running out and our weekends being very busy, it was less of a family affair this […]

  3. […] on from this, the festive season saw the bowl welcome some fragrant dried oranges. These stayed until Easter when we had great fun dyeing egg shells and needed somewhere for those […]

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