Homemade decorations for Christmas always have charm. A really simple but effective way of adding a burst of colour is to use dried orange slices. It's straightforward to make them yourself so no need to splash out extra cash on buying them from the shops.
Dried orange slices make a lovely decoration for Christmas
Time: 2 minutes preparation plus 1.5 to 2 hours baking time and overnight final drying.
Materials Large orange
Preheat your oven to 100 degrees C (fan).
Carefully slice the orange about 1cm wide.
Slice across the orange so that each slice will show it's beautiful segments.
Try to keep the slices an even thickness.
Dab the orange slices with some kitchen paper to blot up the excess orange juice.
Place the orange slices on a wire wrack, leaving space between them.
Put the orange slices in the oven and bake on the low heat for 1 hour.
Turn the slices over after an hour and continue to bake for another 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Once the slices are dry (they don't need to be rock hard), take them out and allow to cool.
Leave to continue drying at room temperature overnight so they fully firm up.
These orange slices make a lovely decoration all on their own in a pretty bowl. You could also thread a piece of ribbon through them to hang on a Christmas tree or add them to some pot pourri.