If you give this as a holiday gift, you’ll start a tradition. It’s so pretty and delicious, your friends will be hoping to receive it every year. You may have to double the recipe to cover your entire gift list.
Makes 2 cups (500 mL)
- 3 mandarin oranges – preferably organic
- 1 lemon
- 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) water
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
Remove rind from mandarins and zest from lemon and julienne finely. Remove pith from lemon and discard. Chop the flesh of the lemon and mandarins.
In a stainless steel saucepan, bring the mandarin rind, lemon zest and water to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes to make sure it doesn’t boil dry.
Add the lemon and mandarin flesh to saucepan and continue simmering, covered, for 20 minutes. Add the sugar, increase heat to high and boil rapidly, uncovered, until syrup forms a gel, about 10 minutes for a small batch. Remove from heat. Pour into a sterilized glass jar, seal and let cool. Refrigerate for up to 3 months.