5 cups water
5 cups sugar
5 cups fresh kumquats
Yield: 2.5 cups
For this easy recipe I used a 1:1 ratio for my ingredients. It can be easily scaled up or down, depending upon how many kumquats you have on hand. For example, if you only have 1 cup of fruit, then its gonna be 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar.
Begin by rinsing the kumquats and piercing them all around using the point of a small knife or fork. Be sure to use unsprayed organic fruit. Alternatively, you can make your own piercing tool like I did. I simply pressed a sewing needle into an old wine cork! After piercing all of the fruit, set it aside.
Add the water and sugar to a heavy bottomed pot. Stir to combine and place over medium-high heat until all of the sugar has dissolved and the liquid begins to lightly boil. Once it has reached this stage, add all of the pierced kumquats to the pot and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cook the mixture uncovered stirring occasionally for about 2 hours until the fruit is translucent and the liquid has developed into a syrup. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
Once the mixture has cooled, strain the whole thing through a sieve making sure that none of the seeds get into the syrup. The seeds are bitter and are best left out of the syrup. Be sure to save the kumquats! They are now like candy and can be used in desserts, as a garnish, or simply eaten as they are.