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A Crispy Orange Snack
It is no secret that I love a good snack, I love lemons, limes and oranges and that I love anything chocolate; so, this recipe should really be no surprise to anyone. I remember, growing up, my Grandma Barbra would eat these long thin bars of chocolate that were filled with an orange cream. She loved them and we would generally get them at drug stores at the time. She would also eat those orange, sugar coated orange gummies straight from the refrigerator. I never cared for the orange gummies and would generally have them in my mouth long enough to suck off the sugar and then spit the rest of it into the trashcan. Same thing goes with Grandma Deloris and her lemon drops she used to keep all over the house. I would suck the sugar off, then the rest of the candy would be thrown away. It took me several years to actually appreciate the taste of fruit flavors that were more in their natural states.
Now, I will happily eat an orange, lime and even, yes, a lemon, just by itself for a snack. Have you ever roasted a lemon in the oven? It turns slightly black and if you cook it correctly and just right, you can even eat the peel! Some people find lemon to be too overpowering and perhaps maybe even too sour, but I love anything and everything lemon! Which, in turn, has led me down the rabbit hole of loving limes, oranges, pineapples and other fruits. This recipe was originally posted on my website,but I decided to take it down and post it here for all of you, because there were so many people who loved the idea, I had to share it here. You can do this same recipe with other fruits, such as the ones I have mentioned above. You can also peel your orange if you want but I really like the looks and texture of the peel once it is air fried. All air fryer temperatures run at basically the same temperature, much like your actual oven, however, much like your actual oven, there is always a few degrees of difference, so be sure to check these at the 45-minutemark and feel free to air fry for another 10 minutes or so. Do not cut your slices too thin, they will burn. These are delicious served and eaten chilled. Enjoy!
Crispy White Chocolate Orange Slices
These can be kept, in an air tight container, at room temperature for two days.
2 large oranges
2 cups white chocolate chips
Start by slicing your oranges into thin slices.
Place in air fryer at 230 degrees for 45 minutes.
Once baked, remove and allow to cool slightly.
In a microwave safe bowl, melt the white chocolate chips for about 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until they are smooth and combined.
Dip one side of the orange slice, carefully, into the melted white chocolate.
Carefully remove and place onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate.
Place into the freezer, to chill for three hours, or until firm to the touch.
Remove and enjoy!
Ask and Answer: I have been seeing online lately a wide variety of “2-minute recipes”. Have you heard or seen of these on social media? If so, please send me a message with which ones you have seen, tried or would be willing to try or have me give a go at. Most of them are microwave-based recipes but I would still like to hear from you and your thoughts.