Sunday, September 7, 2008

Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

My last attempt at making marmalade was marked with horrendous results. I had thought about what I wanted to do all week and finally decided upon a combination of blood orange and chilli. Unfortunately, not everything went to plan. The deliciously red blood orange peels lost their deep hue during the blanching process and the chillies which I had spent vital minutes of my life chopping into perfect little squares decided that they would piss out dirty looking liquid into the pot.

I was so upset. I cried. Well, no, not really. But being the perfectionist that I am, I was determined to try again until i achieved the results I wanted! I did a little thinking while crying myself to sleep that night over the unfinished marmalade which closely resembled dirty dish water. What would be the technique to pre-process the chillies and prevent this strange occurrence? I'd read about jams containing things like candied ginger. Perhaps I could try candying chillies too?

I set about trying to find a recipe for candied chillies.. It seems good fortune was not on my side. I supposed I'd have to figure it out myself. Luckily there were no mishaps this time. I also ended up with a jar of hot red syrup which I turned into a caramel afterwards!

Candied Chillies
250 g castor sugar
200 ml water
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
150 g long red chillies, finely sliced
In a small pot, bring sugar, water and vinegar to the boil.
Reduce until it becomes syrupy (about 10 minutes).
Throw in chopped chillies and remove from the heat.
Store in syrup.


  1. Mmmm... I love candied chillies! Don't know if you remember but that pawpaw soup of Andy's had slivers of candied chilli on it.

  2. oh yeaaaah i remember that! did he use a similar process? i never had the chance to do it :(

  3. Kinda. It wasn't reduced, and there was no vinegar in it. I don't think vinegar would have been appropriate for that particular dish, which is probably why. I'm actually thinking of making some soon, for a pineapple dessert I want to make at home.


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