Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Allrecipes: Candied Buddha's Hand Citron

Every year I see this crazy citrus fruit called Buddha's hand pop up at the grocery store.  It looks like a big yellow tentacle monster.  And I always wonder what the heck you do with something like that.  Well, I did some investigation, and this citrus fruit doesn't even have fruit pulp on the inside.  It's one giant, sweet-smelling bundle of peel and pith.  That doesn't leave many options for cooking.  So I decided to go the candy route.  Because who doesn't like tidbits of sugary-lemony goodness?

Candied Buddha's Hand Citron
From Chef John on allrecipes.com

3 cups diced Buddha's hand citron
3 cups granulated sugar, divided
2 cups water

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add diced Buddha's hand, return to a simmer, and cook until citrus softens, about 30 minutes. Drain.

Combine Buddha's hand, 2½ cups sugar, and 2 cups water in the same pot; bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until syrup reaches a temperature of 230°F (110°C). Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Drain citrus; pour excess syrup into jars and reserve.

Spread drained citron out onto a wire rack and let dry until tacky, at least 24 hours. Pour remaining ½ cup sugar into a shallow bowl. Toss citrus in sugar until coated; transfer coated pieces to a plate to dry, at least 2 hours.

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