Candied Fruit

I recently read the best little book in the entire world. In less time than it took me to fly in my recent trip to Texas, I had read the little book of so few pages and was in awe of it’s simplicity and beauty.

With Valentine’s Day we think of love in a romantic sense. Going on a date, getting flowers, eating a box of chocolates, and feeling loved. Then there’s the joke where some call the 14th day in February “Singles Awareness Day” or “SAD”. However, in The Greatest Thing In The World, Henry Drummund spoke at a dinner gathering on 1 Corinthians 13, the Love chapter. The 19th century Scott’s recorded words have been the most understandable and beautiful explanation of the Christian life that I have ever heard (outside of the Bible of course). The Word of God tells us that the most important thing in life is to love God and love our neighbor. The whole of the Old Testament law was to bring order and submission back to a sinful people, so that they would know how to love God and love their neighbor.

I’m far from knowing how to love perfectly, but The Greatest Thing In The World has given me a new vision for love. It’s not a feel good love or the deceptive love we expect to celebrate this time of year, but a love so beautiful that a heart change towards Christ likeness is only possible. I’ve had my fair share of conflict relationally. I still do, but what I know is that no matter how much I’m hated, I must love. No matter if I love to the point of being harmed by those who hate me, my aleingence is not in their opinion. God judges those just fine all on His own. In my flesh I want to destroy those who have wronged me and hurt me, but God has been so gracious to give me a peace and a restraint to live in freedom…to love.

The Greatest Thing In The World, love.

Candied Fruit
coconut sugar or honey

There are so many directions to go when candying fruit, but the simplest I’ve found is to cover the fruit of choice in a sweetener, in this case I used coconut sugar for the citrus and honey for the cranberries, and then dehydrate until crystalized and chewy. Beware, the citrus fruits I made are addicting. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to Candied Fruit

  1. This looks so great ! We eat so many dried cranberries , but I hve wished I could find some sweetened with honey. Did you start with whole raw ones , or dried unsweetened ones?
    We use them for cookies, granola, breads, and these WONDERFUL raw chocolate candies ! I make those every single week–we love them and they are soooo good for us.
    You might like to try them, here is the recipe:

    Chocolate Drops
    1/4 c. raw cacaoa powder ( or cocoa, or carob )
    1/2 chopped nuts ( whatever kind you have )
    1/2 c. unsweetened coconut
    1/2 c. honey
    1/2 c. coconut oil
    1/3 c. dried fruit , if desired ( I use cranberries–yum ! )

    –Mix all together.
    Drop on sheet or cake pan by small spoonfuls
    Freeze for 15-20 min. on cookie sheet
    Keep refrigerated ( coconut oil melts at room temperature very quickly )

    These are FABULOUS !!!
    Enjoy ! : )

    I love your recipes, we enjoyed the herbed cream cheese !
    I can’t remember how I found your blog, but I am glad I did ! Thank you for all the encouragement in the Lord also!
    Trisha W.

  2. Trisha: Wow, thanks for sharing! The best way I’ve found to sweeten cranberries is to freeze the whole fresh cranberries, thaw, and then dehydrate with honey.

  3. Dearest Hannah,

    What beautiful and encouraging thoughts. Thank you so much for sharing your desire to love with Jesus-love. It is such a hard journey, but all of us, God’s children, are in this journey together.

    I was so sorry to not make it to your graduation. I’ve been struggling with personal issues myself since Christmas. I’ve tired of fighting and would far rather start living a life of love in Christ. But maybe it is the fighting that gets us to that point. Meanwhile, the pain is there, but so is Jesus.

    With love,

  4. I recently discovered your blog via Pinterest. Thank you for taking the time out to post these delicious and simple recipes. I’m excited to try them! I’m in the midst of starting a blog and I hope it’s as encouraging, uplifting and beautiful as yours. <3

  5. Hannnah I just came across your blog from pinterest. I absolutely love it! Thank you for your wonderful posts!

  6. You make it sound so simple. Just cover in your sweetener of choice and dehydrate until crystalized. But have mercy on me. I am just learning how to do more than burn water and boil potatoes. How, exactly, do you dehyrdate your sweetener covered fruit (and noe, I am diabetic, so I must ask if this procedure would work well using Splenda). Also, E.D. Smith has a syrup that is almost sugar free: actually two versions, one is a butter syrup and the other tastes like maple syrup (and actually, the simple sugars in it are so low you’d have to drink about 8 ounces of it to get the same carbs as one would have in a typical sandwich). Do you suppose that could be used instead of honey or sugar? Obviously I can’t just put the fruit in a container and leave it on the counter. There was a time when foods would be dehydrated by smothering them in salt, but the salt would do nasty things to those vulnerable to high blood pressure (and brine is almost as dusgusting as vinegar). And how does the procedure vary according to the fruit used. I would think, for example, that it would take longer to dehydrate the citrus fruits than it would to dehydrate apples or bananas, because of the different amounts of water in each. It would spoil; unless my dog got it first (she is a large breed, and so can get at any unattended food on the counter or stove). And I’d assume your method can’t work on ginger because it is a root and has a high fiber content which must somehow be dealt with (but I love candied ginger, and would eat more if I could find a diabetic-friendly recipe for it).

    So, can you explain, as if to someone who knows nothing about food preparation, how to implement your simple instructions?



  7. Ted: I’m really not sure how other sweeteners respond to dehydrating. Some may dry up and crystallize where others remain sticky. It doesn’t hurt to experiment!

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