Candied Buddha's Hand Citron

Our friends Pat and Allen have a Buddha's Hand Tree, and offered us a chance to harvest a couple of the fruits! Pat also shared her recipe for delicious candied Buddha's citron. It's yummy as candy or in cookies -- and it makes your kitchen smell heavenly as you cook it up. Below is Pat's recipe, and photos as I tried to replicate it (I almost doubled the sugar and water, since we harvested two).

Ingredients

1 Buddha's hand citron, washed well
2 C water
2 C granulated sugar.

Instructions

Dice the citron, taking care to use only the portions that include the zest and some pith. Discard interior pith portion that has no zest.

Put candy thermometer in a pan, add the diced citron and the water and sugar.

Put it on medium heat and wait for it to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Adjust the heat to a simmer and allow it to bubble slowly for somewhere near three quarters of an hour. (It seems to take longer to get to 230 degrees).

As it reduces, the sugar syrup will become thicker and the fruit will start to become translucent. Don't be alarmed if some fruit retains whiteness during cooking because it will be transformed as it cools.

Bring to 230-235 degrees F, the soft thread stage. Do not allow the temperature to exceed this stage or you will not be able to separate the candy and it will become brittle.

Turn off the heat and rest the citron in the syrup for 30 minutes or so. The resting period helps the syrup to fully penetrate the fruit.

Drain the citron through a sieve or colander, retaining the delicious syrup, which should be refrigerated.

Spread the citron on a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper, scattering to separate the citron if possible. Allow to dry completely. move it around with a spatula occasionally. You might change the paper the next day to get rid of the excess sugar and speed the drying process. (It can take a couple of days to dry fully.)


When dry, store the candied citron in the refrigerator and use in baking or as candy. The syrup is delicious poured over vanilla ice cream.

Thanks, Pat & Allen!

Buddha's Hand tree:

A few days later, Pat and Allen gave me 8 more! That led to biscotti :)


 

Walking through China Town in SF a few days after that, we saw them for sale - for $7 a pound!


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