Sunday, August 2, 2009

A little ray of sunshine

I'm making glacé cumquats. I'd picked the cumquats weeks ago from trees next door; then left them in the fridge because I didn't have time to make cumquat marmalade (my favourite). They had dehydrated to the point where they were pretty much just skin. Making glacé fruit takes several days - only five to ten minutes a day, but over several days as the sugar dose is upped every 18-24 hours. Each time the cumquats are boiled they blow up like luscious little orange balloons, then deflate back to sunken skin when the cold air hits them. The process is not quite finished - another couple of days before they are ready to be dried. In the meantime, I'm accumulating a vast amount of the most delicious smelling/tasty citrus flavoured sugar syrup. Next challenge - find a use for the syrup.

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