Blog on Life homemade candied fruit recipe from watermelon

Candied fruit recipe

I have always wanted to find the perfect candied fruit recipe. After a lot of searching and even more experimenting, I am ready to share the best potion combination to my liking. This recipe will be towards candied watermelon, specifically watermelon rind, however, it can be applied to other fruits and berries.

Blog on Life homemade candied fruit recipe from watermelon

Candied fruit with watermelon rind

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Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat

Ingredients

1200g watermelon rind (blanched)

600g white sugar

250g water

2.5g citric acid

1 medium-sized lemon

Instructions

  1. Cut out the watermelon inside and remove watermelon peel with a fruit peeler
  2. Cut watermelon rind in slices of at least 1cm in width (length to your preference)
  3. Blanche watermelon rind for 15 minutes
  4. Sieve blanched watermelon rind
  5. Bring to boil white sugar, citric acid & water
  6. Slice lemon
  7. Add watermelon rind & lemon slices to the boiled liquid mixture (at this point you can add additional flavouring such as; vanilla, cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc.)
  8. Bring to boil
  9. Once brought to boil, turn down the heat and leave for 10 minutes
  10. Cover watermelon rind with a smaller lid and leave for at least 6 hours
  11. Sieve out the watermelon rind & lemon from the liquid mix
  12. Bring remaining liquid to boil for 10 minutes
  13. Add the watermelon rind & lemon to the boiled liquid
  14. Mix the watermelon rind & lemon in the liquid for 10 minutes and bring to boil
  15. Once brought to boil, turn down the heat and leave for 10 minutes
  16. Switch off the stove and cover with a smaller lid
  17. Leave the mixture until fully cooled
  18. Repeat steps 11 to 15 for another 2 times
  19. Once the watermelon rind has been sieved, boiled and left to cool for 3 times, sieve out the watermelon rind and place to dry
  20. Dry in a food dehydrator (8 to 10 hours) or natural drying (4 to 5 days)

Tips for candied fruit recipe with watermelon rind

Tip 1

Most people prefer watermelon with a thin rind for consumption, for candied watermelon, you would need to use a watermelon with a thicker rind.

Tip 2

The recipe for candied watermelon rind differs from candied fruits and berries with one step, blanching.

Blog on Life homemade candied fruit recipe from watermelon rind
Watermelon rind peeled and prepping for blanching

Blanching food

Blanching is a process in which fruit and vegetable are scalded in boiling water or steam for a short time. It is commonly used with frozen vegetables, although for candied watermelon rind, it is used to soften the rind of the watermelon, prior to beginning the candied process.

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Watermelon rind after blanching

Tip 3

Citric acid is a vital ingredient in candied fruits, as it helps to maintain the shape of the fruit. Without it, the fruits and berries would lose shape and break apart during the cooking process.

Tip 4

3 techniques for drying:

  1. Dehydrator (fastest method): 8 to 10 hours in 38°C/40°C.
  2. Natural drying: lay out on baking paper or food drying trays near a window with good ventilation for 4 to 5 days.
  3. Dehydrator & natural drying: First place into the dehydrator for 4 hours, followed by natural drying.
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Watermelon rind after drying

Tip 5

This is a basic recipe. You can add additional ingredients to add more flavour, such as; vanilla, cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc. at step 7.

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Candied fruit with fresh brewed mint tea is highly recommended

If you have any tips or recipes on candied fruit or berries you would like to share, feel free to share your recommendations in the comment section.

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