Recipe to Make Perfect Candied Figs, Apricots, or Pear Tomatoes

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.
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  • Serves: 30 persons



  1. Step 1

    In large a bowl, combine 4 quarts water and baking soda.
  2. Step 2

    Add fruit of choice and soak for 10 minutes. Drain.
  3. Step 3

    In a large saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups water and bring syrup to a boil
  4. Step 4

    Once boiling, add soaked fruit and simmer 20 minutes.
  5. Step 5

    After 20 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Leave covered overnight. 
  6. Step 6

    The 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. 
  7. Step 7

    When 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.