This quarter has gotten off to a fast start. It's certainly not one of those quarters that lounges around waiting for someone to tell it to get a move on. No, it's one of those quarters where you find yourself scratching your head at the end of the first week and wondering where all your free time went. Really, though, I would like to know what happened to it. And if I could maybe have it back sometime soon... please?

    In spite of the fact that I have suddenly become busy and am currently behind in all of my classes, I found time over the weekend to make candied kiwis. I rationalized to myself that they were a Grand Experiment in the name of Progress, and therefore had to be made. I've seen lots of recipes online for candied citrus, but never one for any other kind of fruit. Kiwis seemed like they would make wonderful candied slices, so I decided to give it a try. The results of my endeavor were divine. Sweet and zingy, chewy without that annoying stick-to-your-teeth quality gummy candies often have, they are absolutely worth the time (they have to dry overnight) and effort (very little!) that they take to make. 

Candied Kiwis
recipe adapted from Food and Wine


1+1/2 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 kiwis, cut into cross-sections up to 1/4 inch thick and peeled

    Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir so that all the sugar dissolves. Add the kiwi slices. Reduce heat to medium, and continue to boil the mixture with the kiwis for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should be reducing, and the kiwis should fade from bright green to a very pale green. Continue to cook until the sugar water has reduced to a small amount of syrup, barely enough to cover the kiwis, and the kiwis are see-through. Turn the oven off. Remove the kiwis from the syrup and lay them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  You can keep the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge to mix with club soda to make kiwi flavored drinks. Put the baking sheet with the kiwis in the oven, open the door slightly, and leave it for 2 hours. Pull the baking sheet out of the oven and put it out of the way to let the kiwis dry overnight.  If desired, when the kiwis have dried but are still sticky, put a few tablespoons of sugar in a ziplock bag, add the kiwis a few at a time, and shake the bag to coat the kiwis in sugar.