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Candied Clementines

Since Eric and I got together, it’s been a blast getting to learn about each other’s family traditions.  You’ve gotten glimpses of these.  I’ve talked about my mom’s “Killer Sweet Potatoes” quite a few times here and I did a post on the cranberry apple torte that we make every year.  But I haven’t spent much time going over some of Eric’s family’s favorite foods.  In the summer, lobster and cucumber salad and rhubarb kuchen grace the table.  During the winter months, there’s herring salad, lamb stew, and, for dessert, it’s tradition for the Frishman clan to serve a big bowl of candied clementines.

Kay, Eric’s mother, made a batch for Christmas dinner and I knew that I wanted to get this out to you before the New Year’s festivities.  It’s as simple as it gets in terms of desserts.  Cut up some clementines, cook them in water, sugar, and booze… and then just let them sit.  These would be great with some chocolate drizzled on top or maybe as an accompaniment to Crème Anglaise.  But, really, all that matters is that you eat these surrounded by the people that you love, a glass of wine in your hand, and a smile on your face.

Happy New Year!

Candied Clementines

(from The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins)

8 portions

4 cups water

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons Grand Marnier

8 unpeeled Clementines, cut into 1/8 inch slices

1. One day before serving, heat the water, sugar, and Grand Marnier in a medium-sized saucepan to boiling.  Add the Clementines and simmer  until tender,  30 to 45 minutes

2. Remove from heat and let stand in syrup overnight.

3. Drain and serve.

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  • LucianaDecember 29, 2011 - 12:49 am

    Dear Brian,
    This recipe seems very delicious.
    I totally agree with you about being surrounded by people that you love in special occasions.
    Unfortunately all my family is in Brazil and my husband and I are in Cleveland. For this Christmas we made only traditional family recipes trying to bring them closer to us.
    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • JoanneDecember 29, 2011 - 7:34 am

    Part of the fun of marrying someone is definitely learning about the traditions they grew up with…food traditions specifically are even better.

    These candied clementines sound delicious! I bet they’d be a great ice cream topping.ReplyCancel

  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspectiveDecember 29, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Mmmmm, I can think of so many uses for these. That makes me happy. :)ReplyCancel

  • MikeVFMKDecember 29, 2011 - 9:41 am

    Love candied clementines! And it’s great learning about the traditions and tastes of your new family. This was definitely a good one.ReplyCancel

  • RavieNomNomsDecember 29, 2011 - 10:14 am

    What a great idea for the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Alaiyo KiasiDecember 29, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    I absolutely love clemantines. The opportunity to create candid clemantines excites me. What gorgeous photos as well. Kudos on such a creative recipe!ReplyCancel

  • kyleenDecember 29, 2011 - 12:06 pm

    These candied clementines look delectable. It must be so thick and syrupy!ReplyCancel

  • foodwanderingsDecember 29, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    Aw Bri so nice of you to feature your MIL traditions. I love to play with citrus in the winter. Happy New Year and all the best in 2012 baby boi.ReplyCancel

  • DeannaDecember 29, 2011 - 2:39 pm

    I’ve never heard of candied clementines, but I have a big bowl of clementines that are past their prime.

    One of my favorite recipes came from my ex’s mother. Its “The only good thing my ex ever gave me” macaroni and cheese. I have a recipe for salsa that a friend got in a similar manner.ReplyCancel

  • Lora @cakeduchessDecember 29, 2011 - 2:44 pm

    We are spoiled in Florida with all this gorgeous citrus. Your candied clementines are just perfect:)ReplyCancel

  • Marnely RodriguezDecember 29, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    What a gorgeous post and so simple. I’d love these over a slice of simple pound cake. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara | Creative CulinaryDecember 29, 2011 - 6:08 pm

    I haven’t made these in a while but they were a tradition when I was growing up; my grandmother would make some (and some sans booze for the kids). Great reminder of a great, simple delicacy that I love. Clementines now on shopping list!ReplyCancel

  • ClarionDecember 29, 2011 - 7:51 pm

    These are so pretty and I am just dreaming about how lovely they’d taste. I wonder how they’d be as a mixed citrus, limes, Meyer lemons, grapefruit?ReplyCancel

  • IlkeDecember 29, 2011 - 7:54 pm

    Bet the house smells good when you are cooking it!
    That is what counts, to be in the good company whatever you eat.

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenDecember 29, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Yes to having these with chocolate! Sounds like something I’d put on pretty much everything: yogurt, ice cream, cakes….ReplyCancel

  • Kiri W.December 30, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Wow, that’s such a cool idea – I’ve never had these! They look like the perfect winter treat :)ReplyCancel

  • naomiDecember 30, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Oh, I know I’m going to love this by the mouthfuls! What a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Rocky Mountain WomanDecember 30, 2011 - 4:17 pm

    Just found your gorgeous blog! I will be back for a better look when I have a little time.

    Have a great New Year!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.December 30, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    love this one! Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandon @ Kitchen KonfidenceDecember 30, 2011 - 5:37 pm

    Yum! I think it’s sweet that you are sharing one of his family’s traditions. Especially with beautiful photographs. My friends always enjoy seeing their recipes on my blog.ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesDecember 30, 2011 - 9:39 pm

    Beautiful! And I’ve got a drawer full of clementines.

    Sounds like your holidays were magical. Here’s to a wonderful 2012 for you!ReplyCancel

  • WinnieDecember 31, 2011 - 11:24 am

    These candied clementines are so beautiful!!! Happy New Year Brian- hope your 2012 is fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • LirenDecember 31, 2011 - 11:55 am

    What wonderful traditions! It’s a good reminder to me to continue my parent’s traditions for my children to pass on. The candied clementines are beautiful, I can see enjoying a spoonful over some citrus sorbet! Elegant, indeed.

    By the way, love the new header. It’s perfect!

    Hope you and Eric have a wonderful start to 2012!ReplyCancel

  • mjskitDecember 31, 2011 - 12:40 pm

    When I saw “candied” clementines, I figured it would be a wait of at least one week, so “overnight” is thrilling! I have a bag in the fridge that is begging to be sweetened! :) Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • CurtDecember 31, 2011 - 9:44 pm

    Glad you rushed the recipe out before the parties started! We always have clementines in the fridge.

    Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • MonetJanuary 1, 2012 - 10:27 am

    Hi sweet man…these look so perfect (as always). Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for knowing how to make me smile with your words, your food, and your presence in my life. Blessings in the year to come!ReplyCancel

  • DeskSnackerJanuary 1, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    This is perfect, jarred up and given as gifts throughout the year as the flavors continue to marry. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Jen @ My Kitchen AddictionJanuary 2, 2012 - 9:02 pm

    Ooh… Love the vibrant color of the clementines in your photos. What a lovely recipe! Have to give this one a try!ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJanuary 3, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Mnnn!. . . I LOVES me some candied clementines!

    ¡Naranja está contento de que yo no he dicho banana!ReplyCancel

  • Punctuation MarkJanuary 3, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    i’ve always wanted to make them… i guess i should give them a try! have a great 2012!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia @Frugal Healthy SimpleJanuary 7, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Wow, that looks delicious! My tangerine tree is going crazy.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa [With Style and Grace]January 7, 2012 - 4:59 pm

    I love how you included the connection of food and family, so sweet. I also love that you poured booze in this recipe. I’d probably eat the entire batch and be drunk. Cheap date.ReplyCancel

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