Low-Carb Candied Fruit
Published on: Thursday, 08 November 2012 02:01:00.
Candying is a lengthy process. The idea is to remove the liquid from fruit and replace it with large amounts of sugar. This also makes the candied fruit keep well.We didn't use sugar, of course, but our low-carb substitute erythritol (sold as Sukrin, Erythritol, Sucolin, or Xucker Light). The first problem is that erythritol isn't cheap, and for candying you'll need a relatively large amount of it. To make one batch we needed about 1 kg_(2 pound) of Xucker Light. At a price of up to 20 € per kg, this gets expensive fast. However, we discovered in hindsight that not all the erythritol was needed: we were able to recover about half of it by drying. This dried sugar paste, enriched with the flavors of oranges, lemons, and plums, makes a fantastic base for other Christmas baking.
|1 kg_(2 pounds)||erythritol_(brand names: Sukrin, Sucolin, Xucker Light)|
I had some trouble removing the basket from the pot the next day, because big sugar crystals had formed on everything. Carefully remove the fruit from the basket. Brush off loose crystals and return them to the pot. Now heat the sugar solution again. The wire basket can briefly go back into the pot so that the crystals will come off the mesh.
Keep the sugar solution on the stove over low heat for another 1 1/2 hours to evaporate the water. On the second day, let everything cool very briefly (to approx. 60° C) and then return it to the fruit basket.
Day 3 is exactly the same as Day 2. It should be getting more difficult to coat the fruit with the sugar solution, since we have less liquid every day. Everything should still be completely covered.
On the fourth day the candying solution has been cooked down to a viscous mass. At this point we stopped using our asparagus pot. Instead, we layered the fruit in a porcelain dish and poured the uncooled sugar mixture over it. (Careful: when cooking, the sugar can reach a temperature of more than 110° C.) After a further 24 hours, we can take our fruit - now completely saturated with low-carb sugar - and dry it in the oven at 120° F ( 50° C) for 4-5 hours. Set the bowl with the still-moist sugar residue on top of the stove to recover the excess sugar alcohol.
The candied fruits are now ready and can be used for our stollen. Remember: while we usually throw away orange and lemon peels, the peels on these candied fruit slices can be eaten and are especially tasty. The remaining fruit-infused sugar alcohol can be used for glazes, as a sweetener, or as part of a wonderful honey substitute.
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