Citrus season is now in full swing and this makes me happy. I’m definitely a citrus girl when it comes to fruits. I love it all, clementines, grapefruit, bergamot and most of all blood oranges which are finally getting their beautiful colour and almost reaching the peak of their season. I love to candy clementines this time of year. You will probably turn your nose up at the thoughts of candied fruit as did I before doing it myself. And sure, the thoughts of dried out colourless candied peel that you buy at most super markets is enough to turn anyone off. But trust me, homemade candid fruits is so simple to do and so effective. Think of little segments of juicy candied orange dipped in chocolate. What a treat!! And so easy to do. Follow my recipe and give it a go….
What you need
4 ripe and juicy clementines
6 cups of water
3 cups of sugar
Slice the clementines into rounds of about 5mm in thickness. In a large saucepan bring the sugar and water to the boil. Once boiling add the clementine rounds and reduce the temperature to a simmer. Cover the saucepan with some parchment paper. Simmer the fruit for around two hours or until translucent but not falling apart. You want the rounds to hold their shape where possible.
Remove from the syrup using a slotted spoon and place on a wire rack lined with parchment and allow to dry out for a few hours.
At this stage you can now use the candied fruit for whatever you like! The exciting part! Melt some chocolate and dip half the round in and allow to set for some chocolate clems or chop up and fold into a loaf mix to make a beautiful clementine fruit loaf.