Portokali Gliko (Πορτοκάλι γλυκό is a toothsome orange sweet, kept in a jar.
Orangey, colourful, sweet and syrupy, this is the perfect way to preserve the essence of this delicious fruit all year round.
We recommend serving this ‘spoon sweet’ with a glass of cold water and vanilla ice cream.
- 10 navel oranges
- 3 cups of water
- 3 cups of sugar
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Steps to make Portokali Gliko
- Lightly rub the surface of oranges over a grater to remove some of the bitterness of the fruit.
- Slice off the top and bottom of the orange.
- Cut the skin into wedges from top to base with a sharp knife. Do not cult pulp. The wedge will be 2cm at the top and bottom and 2.5-3cm at the widest part. Carefully peel away from the fruit.
- Thread a needle with strong cotton or double thread. Roll each wedge into a tight curl. String curls close together on a thread. About 12 per thread. Tie it into a necklace.
- Place necklaces in a saucepan of boiling water and boil uncovered for 20 minutes.
- Rinse necklaces and cool in cold water.
- Refill the saucepan with water brings it to a boil and add necklaces. Boil for 20 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water.
- Dissolve sugar in water over heat and add necklaces. Bring to boil.
- Lower heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 1 hour.
- Add lemon juice. Cook for another 30 mins, or until syrup is thick and set.
- Allow cooling before cutting thread and placing curls in the jar and covering with syrup.
- Cover when completely cold.
- Serve the portokali gliko with a glass of water.