Kumquats in Vanilla Syrup

Kumquats in Vanilla Syrup

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From: EatingWell Magazine, 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.

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  • 2 pounds firm kumquats
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise


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  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 ¼ cup brandy to each jar, then pour in enough of the hot syrup to fill the jars, leaving ½ inch of headspace. Tuck a vanilla bean half into each jar and close the lid.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store the jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: ¼ cup
  • Per serving: 85 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 2 g fiber; 17 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 82 IU vitamin A; 12 mg vitamin C; 18 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 3 mg sodium; 53 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate

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