In the age-old French tradition of fruit confit, it takes many days and many pounds of sugar to make a whole clementine shimmer like a glass orb, preserving it for many and making it more of a conversation piece than anything you actually might want to eat. This is a decidedly fresher take that requires less sugar and time. Individual segments of the tart citrus take a long, warm oven bath in a light sugar syrup until chewy and translucent. They are a perfect topping for Ginger Chocolate Cake almost any dessert or even a bowl of yogurt, fruit and nuts.
- Serves: 1 person
- 4clementines (10 ounces), peeled and segmented
- ½cup/100 grams granulated sugar
Step 1Heat oven to 275 degrees.
Step 2Arrange the clementines in a single layer in a small baking dish that fits them snugly. Heat sugar and 1/2 cup/120 milliliters water in a small saucepan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the clementines, stirring gently to coat.
Step 3Bake, stirring every 45 minutes or so, until the segments are slightly translucent and tinged brown on the edges, 2 1/4 to 3 hours. Cool completely. Use immediately or cover and store in the syrup. The clementine confit will last for a week at room temperature.