Friday, April 13, 2012

Sugared Kumquats


Have you been noticing kumquats everywhere like I have? They caught my eye several times at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's... but I was afraid. I didn't know what I was going to do with them once I got them home.  Finally I couldn't resist and picked up a carton. I mean really - there couldn't possibly any reason to feel so intimidated by these cute little guys. Plus the purchase gave me an excuse to say kumquat a bunch of times and that's just plain fun. These bright little bundles of tartness and color can be eaten whole with the skin on, but they are very tart. I like them best sliced and used in salads or over yogurt with some honey and granola. I think they would make a nice marmalade too. For a low-guilt treat we decided to sugar them. The sugar created a crunchy crust and took away some of the tartness. Sugared Kumquats are a great gluten-free treat for those of you avoiding wheat. 



Sparkly sugared kumquats were so pretty sitting on my windowsill and totally brightened up a rainy day. Wouldn't these be gorgeous on top of a citrus cheesecake? Sorry Friends, I didn't have time to make you one this week. Bad, BAD blogger, I know.

 How do you like to eat kumquats? Or have you been intimidated by them too?
 
You know what else brightened up this rainy week? These springy ranunculus. They started to droop and look very sad after the first day, but these Pottery Barn bud vases from  my mom saved them. Love them!

I have some exciting things planned for this weekend and look forward to sharing them with you next week. Have a great weekend!

Sugared Kumquats 

1 cup sugar, plus 1/2 cup separated
1 cup water 
1 pint kumquats

Make a simple syrup by simmering water and sugar until sugar has melted, stirring to combine. Transfer syrup to a bowl and cool to room temperature. Stir in kumquats to coat and refrigerate overnight.

Place remaining sugar in shallow baking dish. Remove kumquats with a slotted spoon and place in sugar. Gently toss to coat kumquats lightly in sugar. Place on a cookie sheet and let dry 1 hour. Enjoy alone or as a beautiful garnish for other dishes.

33 comments:

  1. Gorgeousness.....I could nosh on a dozen of these, easily!!! Happy Friday!!!

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  2. SO pretty - I always think of kumquats as Christmas fare - but they look very happy in the Springtime! Love the flowers!
    Mary x

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  3. What a GREAT idea!! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Beautiful!! And I'm am obsessed - OBSESSED - with ranuncs! :D

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  5. Wow. Gorgeous and I'm sure so delicious!!! Love

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  6. Lovely!!! I broke down and tried a kumquat for the first time a few months ago and am still not sure about them. This sugar coat may change my mind! I also think they might make an interesting cocktail.

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  7. These sugared kumquats look so pretty + tasty!
    Ranunculus are one of my favorite flowers! We love seeing them in the Carlsbad Flower Fields each spring.
    Have a happy weekend!

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  8. Is it possible that you can do no wrong? (Blog-wise, of course. Lol.)

    I'd buy them just to say "kumquats", too. But, I'd definitely have to rely on your recipe. Otherwise, I'd just be staring at them all afternoon. Very awkward.

    They look gorgeously delicious. You always make me want to eat my monitor. :)

    Have a great weekend and THANK YOU for your sweet comment. I am feeling better and managed to chow down a couple of slices of pizza tonight. (Well, slowly, anyway.) I know, I know. Not as glamorous as your kumquats here, but it's food. ;)

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  9. Wow, I love this! I have definitely been eyeing the kumquats lately, and I am going to make these ASAP!

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  10. I want to do this with some kumquats, and then try them:) They look so beautiful, bright and cheerful!

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  11. What a lovely idea to use kumquats! We don't have them in this food desert, but I love to eat them raw as they are. How interesting, I was saving my roses today for the very same reason you saved ranunculus!:)

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  12. In one of the first places we lived in Southern California there was a big kumquat tree in the back yard. That was before I had any use for them, what a shame. Your idea is beautiful, and i agree, they would be a gorgeous garnish for any citrus dessert.

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  13. They are just too cute to eat. Really . In Cantonese they mean gold orange , cute name too, yeah?
    Love the second photo, it is beautiful

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  14. I have never had a kumquat before.. My husband used to eat them all the time as a kid

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  15. Hi Marina. I have never eaten kumquats before and how fun that you can eat the skin as well. What a fun and easy snack to pack the kids. I also think the sugared kumquats would be a wonderful centerpiece for a dinner party as well.

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  16. They are lovely! And I've never had one!

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  17. When I was pregnant I remember reading the baby was the size of a kumquat and I had to look on google images to see what one looked like! ;) Thanks for inspiring me to actually BUY one!

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  18. These are stunning. Almost too pretty to eat!
    And the flowers....one of my very faves.

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  19. Marina,
    I have always wanted to try kumquats...I love citrus and enjoy tart citrus. This recipe will be fun to try.
    I love ranuculas.
    Karen

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  20. What a great idea, and they look so lovely!!! I love your blog, I am following you now, :-) come and visit me if you like, I am Italian and I live in New Zealand, you can find me here http://alessandrazecchini.blogspot.co.nz/

    Ciao
    Alessandra

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  21. PS
    pinned the second pic. :-)

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  22. Oh I love kumquats! I have eaten them since I was a child. Skin, seeds and all. And it is fun to say kumquat ~ it's a silly word...XoXo

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  23. My friend gave me a huge bag of kumquats recently from his tree, I was like, thanks but what do I do with them?? I made a jam and managed to incorporate it into some macarons..success, yayyy
    Take care..

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  24. How pretty! These look so gorgeous :)

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  25. I simply love all your photos, just became your new follower!

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  26. oh i could eat a dozen of these or more! Like candy! So pretty!

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  27. really pretty. thank u. i have a loaded tree begging for life purpose. keep on.

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  28. I've been seeing kumquats everywhere too but haven't bought some myself. These are so simple and pretty! I had a kumquat cocktail before and it was delicious, it should've been garnished with these :)

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  29. These are too adorable. They are the perfect edible glittery table accessory. So fun! xo

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  30. I'm so behind in my reading, but these kumquats are beautiful, Marina... And I have seen kumquats hanging around my local grocer but honestly I wasn't quite sure what I'd use them for, so I'm glad you provided some suggestions...

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  31. Me too!! I've seen them in Whole Foods and really want to use them so thanks for sharing this!

    Cheers,
    Heather

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  32. I have only used them in a vase with flowers. Sounds like a great way to take away the tarness and they are soooo pretty sugared like that.

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  33. I love kumquats and ranauculas, beautiful. Love this method for sugaring, I've always done it just for display. I dip them with egg whites, let the liquid drain off and then roll them in the sugar. I think your method may be easier.

    Lovely images!

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