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Kumquats in Vanilla Syrup


From EatingWell:  November/December 1993

The flesh, rind and seeds of kumquats are edible. Although the preserves are delicious on their own as a simple dessert, you can serve them as an accompaniment to fruit sorbet or use them to enliven a compote of fresh oranges.

2 quarts | Active Time: 40 minutes | Total Time: 40 minutes



  1. Thoroughly scrub kumquats with warm water. Trim stem ends. To prevent the kumquats from bursting during cooking, pierce them with the point of a sharp knife in several places. Place the kumquats in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and blanch for 1 minute. Drain and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Add the blanched kumquats, return the liquid to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the kumquats from the syrup with a slotted spoon and divided among four 1-pint sterilized preserving jars. Add 1/4 cup brandy to each jar, then pour in enough of the hot syrup to fill the jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Tuck a vanilla bean half into each jar and close the lid.


Per 1/4-cup serving : 85 Calories; 0 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 17 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 2 g Fiber; 3 mg Sodium; 53 mg Potassium

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate

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