I made these lovely treats a few weeks ago and have been meaning to post the recipe since then but other things managed to get in the way. I wanted to post this recipe midweek so that if you had some free time over the weekend (the last weekend before Christmas!) then you could spend some time in the kitchen creating these as gifts or simply as a treat to have after dinner.
They are lovely simply dusted with sugar but I decided to up the ante slightly and dip some of mine in chocolate (milk or dark would both work) because, well, it is Christmas and the time of treating yourself!
There is something very festive about cooking with clementines and oranges but this recipe would work well for lemons and limes if you prefer a bit more bite.
A bag of fresh clementines
1kg (about 2lb) of granulated sugar
5 tablespoons of caster sugar
1 large bar of good quality chocolate
How to make it
- Begin by slicing the clementines into thin slices, discarding the ends (we added ours to a pan of mulled cider…waste not, want not!)
- Put the granulated sugar into a large pan with 500ml of cold water and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves
- Bring the sugar syrup to the boil and bubble for about 5 minutes
- Add the clementine slices and simmer for about 2 hours or until the white pith has turned translucent
- I stirred mine every half an hour
- Turn your oven on to its lowest setting (Gas Mark 1 for me)
- Drain the slices and place them on greaseproof paper on an oven tray
- Bake for another 2 hours
- Remove the slices from the oven and toss them in a bowl of caster sugar so they are lightly coated
- Allow to dry before dipping into chocolate
- The easiest way to melt the chocolate to keep it runny while you dip all of the slices is to place a bowl of the chocolate chunks over a pan of boiling water and allow it to simmer until the chocolate melts – do not let the bottom of the bowl touch the hot water beneath it!
- When the chocolate has melted, simply dip the candied clementines slices into it to cover the whole fruit or just half of it then allow to dry.
As you can see, this recipe takes an afternoon to cook but is very simple to do and the results are delicious! Our candied clementine slices have lasted us over a week and are lovely when you fancy something sweet!