Candied Grapefruit Recipe
Grapefruits are beautiful. The meat is such a gorgeous shade of pink and that citrus bite is like wow! I'm a big fan and recently bought a few in the hopes I would be inspired, after consuming, to turn the peels into candy and it worked!
What you'll need:
1 grapefruit or more :)
1 cup of sugar
I've broiled grapefruits topped with brown sugar, ginger, and cinnamon but this new flavor is a bittersweet addictive treat that can be used in all sorts of ways.
After you've used your grapefruit meat you can save your rinds for a day or two stored in the fridge in an airtight container. Once ready take your rinds and slice the half in half. This will make it easier to cut as much of the white portion of the rind off as you can. The white is where the nasty bitter bite comes from, less is best.
Fill a pot with water set to boil, drop your rinds in, and set your timer for 20 minutes. Once done, use your strainer in the sink, dump the water out, put the rinds back in the pot, and it's a good idea to repeat the process for another 20 minutes to release more of that bitter. Then dump your water and shake the strainer to release the excess liquid.
Next, you're going to cut the rinds into bite-size pieces and set to the side while you take a smaller pot and add one cup of sugar to one cup of water (2 cups if you're using two grapefruits) set the burner on medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Then drop your grapefruit pieces in and now the real wait begins.
Set the timer for 40 minutes and check every once in a while, stirring to make sure each piece is getting evenly coated. The candy will start looking translucent and it will also start to curl. This happens at different times depending on how you cut your pieces so it's important to watch them. You'll be able to tell the difference between a done piece that is pretty see-through and curled to a piece that is almost there, kind of clear but not curling yet. Use your tweezers/tongs to remove and set on a rack to "dry". Try to space them so they aren't touching. These little suckers are going to get super sticky.
When you get down to the last few pieces you'll want to turn down the heat so you don't burn your sugar. I didn't realize if you are patient and continue to move the pieces your liquid sugar will turn back into granulated sugar but now it's been infused with grapefruit.YUM!
Set the sugar aside in an airtight container.
The candy needs to air-dry for about 24 hours, it won't actually dry out. It gets this super sticky coating, perfect for rolling in sugar.
After 24 hours you can use the grapefruit infused sugar to dip and roll each piece with your tweezers and drop them in an airtight container. I added extra regular sugar and it's totally fine to get those pieces as coated with sugar as possible.
Your grapefruit candy can be used to top cakes, add to the top of your strawberries and whip cream, top off your yogurt with granola and grapefruit candy or add to your next charcuterie board. I bet you could chop it up and make a grapefruit pound cake or who knows.I've just been wandering into the kitchen every once and a while to nibble on some.
I'll be honest, some of the pieces are ******* delicious and others are so bitter I wonder what happened. Either way they are soft like candy and if you are a lover a grapefruit already, they are awesome.
No need to throw out your peels. Save them in bags in the fridge and when you've got some extra time and want the house to smell amazing. Pull out this recipe!
I'll keep you posted with upcoming recipes like Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Cake or Citrus and Avocado Salad with Orange Water or for when it's appropriate to have gatherings maybe I will try my hand at Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Chamomile Brunch Punch.