Dulceata de kumquats cu vanilie/Kumquats confiture with vanilla

Am cumparat acum cateva saptamani o cutie de kumkuats pe care am tot mutat-o prin frigider. La inceput mi s-au parut prea verzi, apoi am fost racita, a venit Craciunul si multe alte chestii care m-au impiedicat sa pregatesc ceva cu ele.
In weekendul trecut mi-am facut vreme si am pregatit o dulceata minunata si aromata.

I bought a few weeks ago a box of kumquats which I have moved in the fridge for some time. At first I thought they were too green, then I caught a cold, Christmas came and many other things that made me not to prepare something with them.
Last weekend I took my time and I prepared a wonderful and flavored confiture.

Iata ce ingrediente am folosit:

– 250 g zahar
– 200 ml de apa
– 200 g kumquats
– 1 pastaie de vanilie
Here are the ingredients that I used:
– 250 g sugar
– 200 ml of water
– 200 g kumquats
– 1 vanilla pod

Am pus fructele in apa calda de mai multe ori, de fiecare data lasandu-le cam 10-15 minute. Astfel m-am asigurat ca nu mai au ceara pe coaja si ca le pot folosi intregi. Am intepat fiecare fruct cu o scobitoare si le-am pus pe o farfurie.
Intr-un vas am pus la incalzit apa, zaharul si pastaia de vanilie. Cand siropul a ajuns la 60-70 de grade Celsius am adaugat fructele. Am fiert fructele si siropul timp de 35-40 de minute. Avand termometru pentru zahar am stiut ca siropul odata ajuns la 120-125 de grade Celsius dulceata mea este gata. Daca nu aveti termometru nu va ingrijorati – dulceata este fiarta atunci cand siropul nu mai curge de pe farfuria intinsa unde am pus cateva picaturi.
I put the fruit in warm water several times, each time leaving them 10-15 minutes. So I made sure to not have wax on the skin and that I could use the entire fruit. I pricked each fruit with a toothpick and put them on a plate.
In a pan I put to boil the water, sugar and vanilla bean. When the syrup has reached 60-70 Celsius degrees  I added the fruits. I boiled the fruits and syrup for 35-40 minutes. With the sugar thermometer  I knew that when the syrup reached 120-125 Celsius degrees  my confiture is ready. If you have no thermometer, do not worry – the confiture  is boiled when the syrup is not flowing from the plate on which I put a few drops in order to try if it’s ready to be taken aside.

Daca aveti mai multe fructe decat mine, dublati, triplati cantitatile si veti obtine o dulceata la fel de buna.
Eu am pus-o intr-un borcan dar voi o puteti servi calduta, pe o felie de paine prajita cu unt, intr-o clatita, pe o gogoasa sau cum vreti voi. In mod clar as asocia-o si cu un ceai cald de citrice!
Poate asa alungam pacostea asta de iarna! 😉
If you have more fruits than I did, double, triple quantities and you’ll get a confiture as good as I did.
I put it in a jar but you can serve it warm on a slice of toast with butter, on a pancake, on a donut or with whatever you want. Clearly I would associate it with a citrus hot tea!
Maybe that this way we’ll chase the winter! 😉

Pofta buna!

Bon appetit!
  1. yumi, arata delicios, desi nu le-am incercat niciodata. dar nu e prea tariu;)

  2. recunosc ca nu am gustat niciodata acest fruct, dar la cum arata si dupa cum a iesit dulceata sigur e foarte delicios si cu o aroma unica..:)

  3. I attended the Kumquat festival in Dade City (Florida) this week-end, and I purchased a large flat (more than 10 pounds of kumquats). I'm going to make preserves today, but it will be in batches because I'm not sure abt water and sugar quantities for 10 lbs, plus I dont have a large enough pot either. Any suggestions? Multumesc.

  4. Vianna,

    My opinion is that you can prepare a syrup made of 1 lbs of sugar and 0.25 gallon of water for each 1 lbs of qumquats. If you decide to make the confiture in several batches you will know how to prepare your syrup by measuring your qumquats quantity.
    So, for your whole quantity of fruits you'll need a total of 10 lbs of sugar and 2.5 gallons of water.
    I hope that my explanations will help you. Have a nice day!

  5. Thank you Cristina(?). I made a batch today, and will make the rest tomorrow (as I said, no pot large enough to make it all at once). Here's the documentation (I do Project Life in pictures which I also post to a Facebook album; I sort of gave up on Flickr):
    Best wishes, and thanx again. By the way, your blog is super nice – I too LOVE good food. Ciao! V.

  6. Hi, Vianna!
    Yes, my name is Cristina.
    I saw your picture. It looks so good and it has such a nice color!
    Thank you for your nice words about my blog 🙂 Cooking is one of my passions.
    Bye and see you around! 🙂

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