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Pineapple Candy or Crystallized Pineapple

 

How to make crystallized pineapple or candied pineapple, this recipe makes a nice and inexpensive homemade gift.

 

CANDIED PINEAPPLE

 

Looking for a homemade gift for Christmas? How about some candied pineapple or crystallized pineapple? A decadent sweet delight, this pineapple candy is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth out there.

 

how to make crystallized pineapple

 

Christmas is approaching fast and I am still some gifts short. I bought lots of stuff for all the important people in my life, but there are still some extras that I would liketo make.

First of all, every member of my family will receive a pair of thick woolen socks (added to the regular gifts), I have started knitting for these Christmas socks months ago. I am still two pairs short, but as they are children socks, I hope I will finish them in time. I must finish them in time!

Otherwise, I am making cookies, wrapping them nicely and putting them under the Christmas tree, jams and other preserved things for friends and this homemade pineapple candy.

This is actually a recipe I made with Harry Potter in mind, better said Professor Horace Slughorn. The professor is a lover of good things, loves his comforts and surrounds himself with fine furniture, lots of cushions and good food. Just like a fussy old lady. But when needed, he definitely knows what to do with his wand.

 

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WHAT IS CANDIED PINEAPPLE?

Pineapple candy or candied pineapple or crystallized pineapple is a sweet treat, made with pineapple pieces and sugar syrup. The pineapple is cut into chunks or slices, blanched and then doused in syrup over the course of several days.

This recipe is very easy, anybody could do it and not go wrong. However, there is a catch!

The pineapple candy takes quite a while to make, about two weeks, so I might already be too late for Christmas this year, but hey, there are plenty of other opportunities to make a nice present all through the year.

It is a recipe for people who enjoy experimenting in the kitchen, taking time with making things and who are curious about food.

There are faster recipes out there, I have tried one of them using canned pineapple and corn syrup and taking only one day to make, but it was definitely not what I had imagine under candied pineapple, definitely not what I would imagine Professor Slughorn eating.

 

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HOW TO MAKE CRYSTALLIZED PINEAPPLE?

Day 1:

  • Peel the pineapple and remove the black spots and the core. Weigh about 500 g/ 1.1 lbs of the pineapple and cut into chunks. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the pineapple pieces, in two batches, in the boiling salted water. Remove to a sieve and let drain.

  • Bring 600 ml/ 20 fl.oz/ 2 ½ cups water and 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs/ 5 cups granulated sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the pineapple to the syrup, cover and let stand for 24 hours. Place a piece of baking/parchment paper directly over the pineapple pieces in the pot, this will prevent them from rising to the surface.

Day 2:

  • Remove the pineapple pieces from the syrup using a slotted spoon. Place them into a sieve and let them drain while you boil the syrup again.

  • Add another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and return the pineapple to the pot. Cover again with parchment paper and lid and leave to stand for another 24 hours.

Day 3:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot.

Day 4:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot.

Day 5:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot.

Day 6:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 48 hours.
  • Sometime during these four days, you will notice that the parchment paper is not necessary anymore, the pineapple pieces will be like “stuck” in the very thick syrup and will not float anymore.

Day 8:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 48 hours again.

Day 10:

  • Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 4 days.

Day 14:

  • Remove the pineapple candy from the syrup. Place them on a baking tray lined with baking/ parchment paper.
  • Heat the convection/fan oven to 50 degrees Celsius/ 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place the candied pineapple in the oven and let dry for one or two hours.
  • Check a few times in between, the crystallized pineapple pieces should feel dry and not sticky.
how to make pineapple candy

 

HOW TO KEEP PINEAPPLE CANDY?

The crystallized pineapple should be kept in an airtight container at room temperature. It will be good for at least one week and up to two weeks. After one week check regularly to make sure it is not spoilt. Its storage life depends on the moisture amount that is still left in the fruit.

This is a homemade product and cannot be compared, in terms of preservability, with bought candied fruit.

However, if you or the person who receives this crystallized pineapple as a gift, is into sweets and into candied fruit, the pineapple candy will not last long, you will probably grab a tiny piece of it anytime you find yourself around the tin or jar containing the pineapple candy.

And check out this Watermelon Rind Jam or Candied Watermelon Rind if you are into candied fruit.

 

HOW TO USE CRYSTALLIZED OR CANDIED PINEAPLLE?

  • Eat it as it is.
  • Make a fruit cake or any kind of loaf cake containing candied pineapple instead or in addition to raisins or other dried fruit.
  • Make cookies containing small pieces of pineapple candy, similar to these Ginger Cookies.
  • Chop some crystallized pineapple very finely and add it to your müsli or granola in the morning.
  • Add to fruit salads.
  • Use it decorate cakes or cupcakes.

Source: Küchengötter (in German)

 

PIN IT FOR LATER!

 

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crystallized pineapple homemade

Pineapple Candy or Crystallized Pineapple

Yield: 1 bowl
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 14 days
Total Time: 14 days 50 minutes

How to make crystallized pineapple or candied pineapple, this makes a nice and unexpensive homemade gift.

Ingredients

  • 1 pinepple
  • 1,8 kg/ 4 lbs/ 9 cups granulated sugar
  • 600 ml/ 20 fl.oz/ 2 ½ cups water

Instructions

  1. Day 1: Peel the pineapple and remove the black spots and the core. Weigh about 500 g/ 1.1 lb of the pinepple and cut into chunks. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Blanch the pinepple pieces, in two batches, in the boiling water. Remove to a sieve and let drain.
  2. Bring 600 ml/ 20 fl.oz/ 2 ½ cups water and 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs/ 5 cups granulated sugar to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the pineapple to the syrup, cover and let stand for 24 hours. Place a piece of baking/parchment paper directly over the pineapple pieces in the pot, this will prevent them from rising to the surface.
  3. Day 2: Remove the pineapple pieces from the syrup using a slotted spoon. Place them in a sieve and let drain while you boil the syrup again.
    Add another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and give the pineapple back to the pot. Cover again with parchment paper and lid and leave to stand for another 24 hours.
  4. Day 3: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot
  5. Day 4: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot.
  6. Day 5: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot.
  7. Day 6: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 48 hours.
  8. Sometime during these four days, you will notice that the parchment paper is not necessary anymore, the pineapple pieces will be like “stuck” in the very thick syrup and will not float anymore.
  9. Day 8: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 48 hours.
  10. Day 10: Repeat adding another 100 g/ 3.5 oz/ ½ cup granulated sugar to the syrup in the pot. Leave to stand for 4 days.
  11. Day 14: Remove the pineapple candy from the syrup. Place them on a baking tray lined with baking/ parchment paper. Heat the convection/fan oven to 50 degrees Celsius/ 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  12. Place the candied pinepple in the oven and let dry for one or two hours. Check a few times in between, the crystallized pineapple pieces should feel dry and not very sticky (maybe just a little bit sticky still).
  13. Check the blog post for suggestions on using crystallized or candied pineapple.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1/20
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 90gFiber: 0gSugar: 90gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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Rick Myers

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Success! What a wonderful treat! My out of town family was baffled when I said I have a dessert with only three ingredients! Adina - you were very helpful during the process - thanks!

BTW, I made a Coconut Pineapple sorbet with some of the leftover pineapple syrup - I finely cut up three pieces of the crystalized Pineapple, mixed in one can of coconut milk with an equal amount of pineapple syrup and churned it in an electric ice cream maker - fantastic!

Adina

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

Thank you so much for the feedback, Rick, I am so happy you liked the pineapple. The sorbet is a great idea, I will definitely try it next time I make this recipe. I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

Linda Gerano Doughty

Saturday 12th of September 2020

I have always used candied pineapple (with the heavy syrup) from the store to make my fruit cakes. I was not able to find any last year. This year I found the Crystallized Pineapple. Will this make a difference in my fruit cakes? Should I do anything different? Thank you.

Summer

Sunday 13th of December 2020

This is a great recipe, thank you! Do you know if I might be able to candy cherries in the same way?

Adina

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Hi Linda. This one is much drier than the one in syrup, I cannot say for sure how much different the cake will be. Sorry.

Desiree

Friday 24th of April 2020

I love candied pineapple any time of the year. I just started this process today and cannot wait until this is ready to eat. I will be dropping some off in a care package for my best friend too and she will be so excited.

Adina

Friday 24th of April 2020

Great to hear it, Desiree. :)

Teniola Adamson

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

This is indeed a labor of love... How do I store longer... I want to make them way ahead of Christmas

Adina

Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Hi Taniola. Now would definitely be too soon. :) I would not make them too much in advance, I would be afraid they would spoil.

Jan mcclure

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Do you refrigerate between steps?

Adina

Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

No.

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