Recipe to Make Perfect Candied Figs, Apricots, or Pear Tomatoes
Candying fresh fruit is a great way to preserve it and make a deliciously sweet treat. Use this candied fruit recipe to candy figs or even pear tomatoes.
- Serves: 30 persons
- 4quarts plus 2 cups water
- 2tablespoons baking soda
- 30figs (or pear tomatoes or apricots)
- 1 ½cups sugar
Step 1In large a bowl, combine 4 quarts water and baking soda.
Step 2Add fruit of choice and soak for 10 minutes. Drain.
Step 3In a large saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups water and bring syrup to a boil
Step 4Once boiling, add soaked fruit and simmer 20 minutes.
Step 5After 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Leave covered overnight.
Step 6The next day, simmer mixture an additional 20 minutes and allow to cool. Repeat this process each day until syrup is completely absorbed. A sugar syrup may crystallize, which is fine. You can add a little more water when reheating to thin it out if needed.
Step 7When the syrup is absorbed, dry fruit on waxed paper on trays in the sun, then dredge fruit with sugar and store in an airtight container. Source: GRIT Magazine Cookbook - out of print, reprinted with permission. Though the GRIT Magazine cookbook is currently out of print, you can still find used copies floating around the internet. The spiral-bound cookbook contains recipes first published in GRIT magazine from 1970 to 1990, with plenty of old favorites to re-discover.