Candied Kumquats Recipe
Learn how to make and use candied kumquats, also called calamondin or kumquat glass; kumquat recipe.
- Serves: 24 persons
- 1cup sugar
- ½cup water
Step 1Wash the kumquats. Slice them crosswise into thin rounds (no thicker than 1/16 inch). Remove and discard any seeds as you come across them. Put the kumquat slices into a bowl.
Step 2In a small saucepan, make a simple syrup by bringing the sugar and the water to a simmer over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Step 3Pour the still warm simple syrup over the kumquat slices in the bowl. Stir gently to make sure that all of the kumquat rounds are coated with the syrup. Let the fruit sit in the syrup at room temperature for 1 hour.
Step 4Preheat oven to 175F. Alternatively, you could use your dehydrator set to 155F (expect a slightly longer drying time).
Step 5Drain the kumquat pieces in a colander set over a large bowl (be sure to save the delicious citrus-flavored syrup for another use—try it in cocktails or use it to make preserved whole kumquats).
Step 6Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the syrup-coated kumquat slivers out on the sheet in a single layer with none of the pieces touching. Bake the sugared kumquat for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Step 7Take the baking sheet out of the oven. Turn over each piece of candied kumquat. Yes, this part is a bit labor intensive. Trust me, it's worth it. Bake for another 10 minutes.
Step 8Let the candied kumquat pieces cool completely before transferring them to storage containers. They will keep for several months if stored away from moisture and heat. Additional serving suggestions: