Christmas Rituals - How To Dry Orange Slices


There's something very comforting about the traditions and rituals that we weave into our seasons. I make these dried orange slices around Christmas time - they're so easy to make; the smell while they bake is incredible and I love the beautiful burnished colours and patterns.
Use them to create homemade garlands, pop one in your favourite drink or use two or three to decorate a seasonal pudding or dessert. They last for ages if stored in an airtight container. I've used mainly orange slices in this picture, along with a few lemon slices, but you can also use limes or grapefruit - whichever citrus fruit you have to spare.


  1. Preheat your oven to 100C.

  2. Line your baking trays with greaseproof paper.

  3. Slice the oranges into thin slices (between 6 and 10mm) - try and slice them all to the same thickness.

  4. Lay the slices on the baking sheets without touching each other, then bake for about 3 hours, turning them over regularly. Thinner slices will take less time whilst thicker slices may take an hour or so more. Check on them from time to time.

  5. When they're ready, take them out of the oven and let them cool and air dry on a cooling rack. They should still be golden orange in colour and be fairly translucent.

  6. Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container, or just deck your house with them!

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