Those candied plums I made last year turned out to be one of the most incredible foods that has ever come forth from my hands. They took on a mystical life of their own, each day growing more delicious and more scarce. I hoarded them. I dreamed about them. When I ran out (in, I think, February or so), I obsessed over them.
So when a vendor at my farmers market had Italian prunes, I may have gone overboard. This year, I took photos of the whole process, which I’m sharing in the hopes that they will help you make your own candied plums:
Plums split in half, put in a pot, and covered in sugar, before cooking.
Plums split apart in a (different) pot.
Sugar has gone over the first layer of plums and a second layer added.
The second layer fully covered as well.
Cook, covered, on very low heat. The sugar will eventually all dissolve.
Keep cooking… Once the sugar is fully dissolved, remove the lid.
Cook the plums until they look like this:
Ready for the next part.
Carefully fish each plum out.
Place on rack in dehydrator.
Tongs also work. The plums will be hot and sticky.
This picture is before drying, I think. I don’t seem to have an after drying picture, but they get darker and stickier.
Roll the dried plums in sugar.
Pack in sugar and store. Be patient: they seem to just get better and better with age.
Yes, those are half gallons. I made a lot. They’re all packed up and safely moved to storage (so I won’t just eat these in a single, gloriously regrettable sitting). I have an unholy quantity of plum syrup.
Funny story, I went out to a bunch of fruit farms yesterday…
…and bought like 4 more pounds of plums.
This time, I’m following the period recipe a little more closely. I look forward to comparing the different results!