Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Candy citrus peel in Jamaican Black Cakes

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                                                          Citron Recipe

Citron Peel is a very important part of Sweet T's Jamaican black cakes. The citron add a fruity, aromatic flavor to the cake which is an important "supporting character" to this unique cake. Chef Sweet T always makes her own Citron from scratch with organic orange, lemon, grapefruit and lime peels. Chef Sweet T uses Pure organic cane sugar which adds a great flavor to the citrus peel. 
 This process takes 6- 18 hours for completion but it is very worth it for such a perfect cake. There is nothing like the fresh flavor that can be achieved buy making this treat from scratch. Especially since it can be somewhat difficult to find citron through out parts of the year.
 The citron peels are then chopped and added to the plum, raisin, currant and cherries. These fruits are then soaked in Jamaican 80 proof white rum and a sweet red wine for at least 6 months before being blended into a smooth thick mixture and added into our cake batter. Then the cakes are slowly baked at a low temperature to ensure a rich, moist, decadent texture with an amazingly fruity and aromatic flavors. 

Fruits soaked for 3 months

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 This is why the citron peel is so important, its the unique flavor profile that works so well with the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla and almond. Sweet T's Black Cakes opens your taste buds to experience every delicious element in every bite of our Rum cakes.

 After Chef Sweet T bakes her cakes she adds more sweet Red wine and Jamaican Rum for a period of time after. This process is key in preserving and enriching the flavor of Sweet T's black Cakes while keeping the cake extra moist.

Sweet T's Jamaican Rum Cake 8inch $30.00

Here is a recipe for making citron peel you could try for yourself! 

  • 2 oranges 1 grapefruit 2 lemons 1 lime
  • 4.25 cups water
  • 2.5 cups sugar,    (plus more for coating)                     


1. Use a knife or a citrus peeler to score the peels of four oranges into quarters. Peel the oranges carefully, trying to keep the peels intact as much as possible. Set the peeled oranges aside and reserve for another use.
2. Using a sharp knife, cut away the bitter white pith from the underside of the peels. The remaining peel should be approximately 1/8” thick. Do not worry if small amounts of white pith remain.
3. Slice the peels into long, thin strips approximately ½” thick.
4. Combine 4.25 cups of water and 2.5 cups of sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and heat, uncovered, until the sugar boils for 5 minutes.
5. Add the strips of peel and turn the heat down to low, until the mixture is just at a simmer. Cook, uncovered and simmering, until the syrup reduces to a quarter of its original volume (the syrup will barely cover the tops of the peels). Do not stir during this process, as that might cause the formation of large sugar crystals. The simmering will take approximately 2 hours.
6. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow it to cool. Once cool, drain the peels in a colander. At this point, turn your oven to 200 degrees.
7. Place about one cup of sugar in a small bowl. Dredge the peels in the sugar until they are coated, and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Add more sugar if necessary.
8. Place the sugar-coated peels in the warm oven and allow them to dry out. This should take approximately one hour, but check them every 20 minutes to ensure that they are not burning or cooking in any way. Alternately, they can be left to sit overnight on a drying rack instead of placed in the oven.
9. Once peels are completely dry, scrape off any excess sugar clumps. Store them in a dry location and they should keep for weeks. Candied peels can be dipped in melted chocolate and enjoyed plain, or used in cake, cookie, candy, or bread recipes. 
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