Christmas is around the corner, and it’s nice to have some Christmas dessert decorations ready to go. Dried orange slices are a beautiful addition to dressing up cakes, desserts, and cocktails with festive and colorful details. In this post, I’ll show you how to make dried orange slices quickly and effortlessly.
If you’d like to learn how to make other beautiful Christmas decorations, see my Sugared Cranberries and Rosemary recipe.
What are dried orange slices for?
Dried orange slices look beautiful on top of layered cakes, loaf cakes, panettone, other desserts, cocktails, and mocktails! They also make super cute decorations for your Christmas tree, holiday centerpieces, or garlands. Dried orange citrus slices are perfectly edible and a perfect crispy and healthy snack!
Dried orange variations
Use the same procedure to make slices of orange, lemon, grapefruit, or the citrus of your choice. Be aware that some citrus fruits, like mandarine oranges, contain more liquid and could take much longer to dry out. Try combining different citrus, such as lemon, orange, and blood orange, for a nice color variety.
Dried orange slices conservation
After baking, store the orange slices in an airtight container at room temperature. You can add a paper towel to help remove any remaining moisture. Consume for up to four months.
How to Make Dried Orange Slices
- Oranges or other citrus fruits you’ll get 12-16 slices from an orange
- Wash and cut the oranges into slices as thin as possible. If you have a mandoline slicer, use it. Remove the seeds from the oranges with the tip of a knife. Carefully pat each slice dry with a paper towel or clean cloth to remove excess liquid.
- Place the slices on a tray lined with parchment paper or silpat. Bake at 200°F (no need to preheat the oven) for 3 hours, turning each slice every half hour.
- They will be ready when they are dry. The exact baking time will depend on the thickness and size of the slices.
- Store in an airtight container for up to four months for consumption.