This is supposed to be a quick post.
I mean, there isn’t much to it, is there.
Well, there isn’t much to look at anyway… it’s candied ginger.
But to me, this is almost pornography! I love the stuff THAT much.
I’d always been reluctant to eating the store bought stuff or use it in recipe though, because I KNOW just how much sugar goes in the making of anything “candied”. And all the store bought ginger I found so far is always made with granulated sugar. Organic, perhaps, but still… sugar!
Plus, I find the chunks are usually way small and, well, a little bit on the dry side…
A few weeks ago, I came across a picture of TraderJoe’s Uncrystallized Ginger and I thought it looked amazingly good. I found that the pieces seemed really big and looked extremely tasty and chewy.
I immediately thought that I had to try and recreate it at home. Of course, I could NOT be using sugar. I had to find an alternative.
I basically had 2 choices. Honey or Maple Syrup. I found that honey would be a better match, so I went with that option. Boy did I ever make the right decision.
This ginger turned out INCREDIBLY good!
Now, I’m not gonna lie to you. Making candied ginger at home takes time.
A LOT OF TIME!
It’s the kind of recipe that you have to make over the course of several days. It’s not like you have to be there and watch it the whole time, but still, you do need to plan ahead and make sure that you will be available when your beautiful treats in the making need your attention.
And attention, they require a lot of! They are of the high maintenance kind!
Still, I think the resulting goods made every second spent at the stove very well worth my while! I have never before tasted candied ginger so good, so tender and chewy, so full of flavor.
Not only do you get ginger, you also get real notes of honey, vanilla and coconut.
Seriously, if you like candied ginger, you’re gonna LOVE this one. It never really gets hard and crunchy like the store bought stuff, it remains sort of soft and sticky, and tender and gummy…
It doesn’t get any better than this, I tell you.
Oh! and as an added bonus, when you’re done with the candying process, you are left with this incredibly concentrated ginger honey at the bottom of your pot, which you can just mix in with additional honey and you then get the most incredibly delicious vanilla ginger honey, which you can then use to drizzle over all sorts of good things, to make them even better!
Or, you can just eat it by the spoonful, like I do.
Just don’t tell anyone I said that…
I dare you not to grab a piece… you know you want one!
Before it gets coated in coconut… So sticky and sweet!
Better put this in the jar before I eat it all!