candied orange slices
4 cups sugar plus another 1/2 cup
4 cups water
1 cinnamon sticks
4 or 5 star anise pieces
2 oranges, cold from the fridge
Combine 4 cups sugar, water and spices in a large pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Slice the oranges as thin as possible - about an 1/8th of a inch. Using one orange at a time - around 15 slices - put the oranges in the pot. Simmer for about 30 minutes, then flip the oranges over, and simmer for another 30 minutes. Remove the oranges, and dry them in the oven for an hour at 200 degrees, on a wire rack. Finally, sprinkle another 1/2 cup sugar on the orange slices before they cool. This will absorb any moisture that's left. One last step that will make these even more delicious: dip them in melted chocolate! They'll keep for a few weeks in a container at room temperature.
(Don't throw out the simple syrup that's left over from cooking the oranges - check out this recipe for a way to use it up - spiced apple gin fizz).