Candied Kumquats

(recipe, Ruth Reichl & Gourmet Editors)

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These candied kumquats are a simple, colorful topping to dress up a bowl of vanilla ice cream.


  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. ⅛ tsp. salt
  4. 2 cups halved kumquats (leaves and seeds discarded)


  1. Bring the water, sugar, and salt to a boil in a saucepan; stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Add halved kumquats and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally for 10 to 12 minutes or until tender.
  3. With a slotted spoon, transfer kumquats to a heatproof bowl.
  4. Boil syrup for 3 to 7 minutes, until reduced to about ¾ cup. Pour syrup over kumquats and cool before serving over ice cream.