Oven Dried Citrus

Here’s the simplest recipe of all times, and also the most beautiful one by far. We’ve all cooked a lot during the lockdown and in the post lockdown phase and now we’re just ordering in and eating out like before. There was a feeling of being grounded every time we entered the kitchen and then a sense of achievement when we walked out with a dish we’d never tried before. So, to keep the touch with our kitchen and regain that sense of accomplishment, we’ve come up with a new 2-step recipe that requires no time and adds a lot of value to whatever you make.

Here’s a gorgeous gem of a recipe. Made with things that are always around in the kitchen. It’s more of an idea than a recipe.Oven dried citrus fruits are the modern rustic decor for cakes, cupcakes, cocktails, teas and dessert and cheese platters. Its absolutely gorgeous and just as is, it does the trick. Exuding glamour and packed with flavour, try these out now before your next get-together or food photoshoot. use it as a garnish or add it to your hot & cold beverages for that unique flavour. Beware… this one’s a crowd pleaser!

To begin, you’ll need lemons and oranges. This is your only ingredient!

You can use regular lemons, eureka lemons, Amalfi limone, Meyer lemons, lime, or mediterranean lemons. Any variety thats available to you or whichever you like better flavour-wise. As for oranges – regular orange, tangerine, clementine, mandarin or satsuma. We can’t name them all because each is known by different names regionally. As long as its a citrus fruit with a similar texture, it will bake well and using the same recipe.

If you want to know about some specific variety, leave a message in the comments below and we’ll reply back.

Wash and dry the lemons and orange. Preheat the oven to 100 C. Slice the lemons and oranges into about ¼ – ½ cm thick slices.

Spread them evenly to place on the wire rack of your oven. Ensure you don’t overlap them.

Line an oven tray with baking paper. Place the wire rack in the center of the oven and the lined baking tray below it to catch any drippings.

The citrus slices dry depending on the thickness of the slices. The thin ones would be done in about 1 ½ hour and the thick ones will take between 2-2 ½ hours.

Remove the ones that are done using tongs and leave to cool on the counter.

Store in an airtight container.

Recipe: Oven-dried Citrus

Ingredients

3 Lemons
1 Orange

Method

  1. Wash and dry the lemons and orange. Preheat the oven to 100 C.
  2. Slice the lemons and oranges into about ¼ – ½ cm thick slices.
  3. Place on the wire rack of the oven. Line an oven tray with baking paper.
  4. Place the wire rack in the center of the oven and the lined baking tray below it to catch any drippings.
  5. The citrus slices dry depending on the thickness of the slices. The thin ones would be done in about 1 ½ hour and the thick ones will take between 2-2 ½ hours.
  6. Remove the ones that are done using tongs and leave to cool on the counter.
  7. Store in an airtight container.

This is a no-work recipe so we insist – please please please try it! And when you do, don’t forget to share it with us. It makes us enormously excited and motivated to creating more innovative recipes. You can tag us on instagram (@theculinaria) and facebook (@theculinaria) and we’d love to share your creations with our network.

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