My childhood candied memories
I remember that as a child, every Sunday afternoon my father and I went to the Sicilian pastry store in my town. He used to buy a bag of almond paste cookies decorated with green or red candied fruit and they were all for me! I really liked them, they was my favorite snacks.
Now that I’m grown up, even though I no longer have a sweet tooth, every time I see candied fruit my mouth starts to water.
Candied fruit, as great-tasting as it is beautiful, is also known as glacé or crystallized fruit. It ‘s a Sicilian specialty used as a dessert or as a decorative element of other desserts, such as the Sicilian Cassata and the Milanese Panettone.
The real inventors of candied fruit were the Arabs who exported it to the Western world when they dominated southern Europe around the sixteenth century. Glacé fruit is also known in China and in the Middle East.
The most common crystallized fruits are citrus fruits, but you can also find candied pears, cherries, plums, peaches, dates, chestnuts, pineapples, ginger and rose petals.
So which one is your favorite?