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I have been intrigued by a box of candied fruits that I was given this year, only having encountered the usual glace cherries and mixed peel in the past. The box contains whole candied figs, pears, apples, oranges, apricots, eggplant etc – and has been a revelation to me. In spite of understandable Christmas exhaustion, I am gripped by a desire to be able to make these myself for next year’s Christmas presents, but haven’t got a clue how to start.
I am particularly intrigued by the glace oranges. Do they use special small varieties for this treatment? At first I thought, “Must be a satsuma”, but it wasn’t. Biting into it released a REAL orange flavour, not the wishy-washy taste of tangerines. Figs I can do from my own fig tree, if the Gods are kind with the weather this year. But where to find the tiny pears and apples they apparently use (complete with seeds) for this treatment? And how to go about it?
I must find out, and wonder if any of you have any experience of doing this? And can offer any help or advice to this very enthusiastic beginner, who is full of daydreams of offering boxes of jewel-coloured fruits for next Christmas? I may just end up with a very sticky kitchen, and become irresistable to every wasp for miles around, but I want to have a go. Another benefit I can identify, is having a source of glace fruit for Delia’s glace fruit cake, which were almost impossible to find in local shops.