No-Cook Candied Kumquats are the tangy-sweet fruit treat you didn’t know you needed. Thinly sliced kumquats soaked in honey to candy them — that’s all it takes!
Once you make today’s recipe for No-Cook Candied Kumquats, you’ll keep them on hand all the time. Whenever a dish needs some oomph, I chop a few and fling them on. You will wonder where these have been all your life.
How to use No-Cook Candied Kumquats
I made a jar, we ate them within a day, just digging in with a spoon, and I immediately made another jar. When you open the refrigerator and see them, you’ll be flooded with ideas for how to use them.
–straight out of the jar standing in front of the refrigerator
–on top of yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast (above)
–use some liquid in cocktails or mocktails
–use some liquid and a few chopped kumquats in salad dressing
–on top of ice cream or frozen yogurt, or a bowl of berries as I have done above
–chopped and stirred into muffin batter or quick bread batter
–on top of pancakes (here they are on a wedge of berry oven pancake)
–on toast to stand in for marmalade (yes, it works!). Put some Candied Kumquat slices on your toast, and drizzle a little of the syrup over it.
–to decorate a cake
–on Matzoh Brie, during Passover
You’ll think of a million other things once you taste them, I promise. And since we aren’t canning them, you can make one jar at a time. Or maybe make 2 jars and give one to the neighbor. Good food gifts make good neighbors. You heard it here first.
How to make No-Cook Candied Kumquats
Assemble your 2 ingredients — fresh kumquats and runny honey.
Slice the kumquats very thinly, and flick away any seeds if you see them. I use my favorite 40-year-old cheapie serrated supermarket knife, or a small paring knife. The knife isn’t crucial; just slice those kumquats thinly.
Put the kumquat slices in a jar. Don’t pack them in tightly, just put them in there.
Pour in honey to cover the kumquat slices.
So far so good! It looks great!
Within an hour, when you shake the jar a little bit, the contents will begin to slosh. This means the kumquats are releasing their juice and the sugar is penetrating the fruit.
It really is a bit miraculous how this happens, but the next day, you’ll have fully candied kumquats, to use in whatever way you can dream up! (Is anyone triggered and anxious about these kumquats spilled on the counter? Don’t worry, I cleaned it up right after the picture.)
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