For my second post I was trying to think of something new to try out. Noticing my kumquats on the first post my friend suggested that I try candied kumquats. Let me tell you – they are fantastic. My dad used to take me after school to this hotel in my hometown that had several trees out front. We would sneak a few bags and eat them on the ride home. Before Monday, that was the only way I tried them – straight off a tree.
Simmering them in sugar creates a nice balance between the tart citrus taste and sweet. They’re best after a few days soaking in the sugar reduction. They’d go great on sugar cookies, in salads, part of a salsa, or you can eat them like me… out of the container. Feel free to experiment with other flavors in the sugar syrup too, I think cinnamon and/or nutmeg would be delicious.
2 cups sliced kumquats
1 cup sugar
1. Slice the kumquats in half, taking out any seeds that are easy to get. Luckily the seeds are edible so you dont have to worry too much about the ones that are hard to reach.
2. Stir water and sugar together on high heat in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium-low heat and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Add kumquats to the pot and simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
4. Drain the kumquats and set aside in small bowl. Return sugar mixture back to the pot and reduce on low heat for a few more minutes (note: be sure not to reduce for too long or you’ll end up with carmel like I did the first time I made these).
5. Combine kumquats and sugar in a small container.
Can be stored in a container for a week, but they’ll probably be eaten by then – they are VERY addicting.