I didn’t know about kumquats till about 3 years ago. I tried them for the first time last year, when a friend offered me some. She said you can eat it with the skin. I was skeptical. I did try it, and they were sweet and tart at the same time. The skin had so much flavor and it was not bitter at all like the other citrus. They are like grape tomatoes, and you can simply pop them in the mouth! Who knew this little fruit would have so much flavor!? So I went to Home Depot and got myself a Kumquat plant and planted it in the yard. Well, it’s been a year, I see tiny blooms, very tiny blooms, but I don’t think I will get any fruit really till next year. I will be patient! My lemon tree took 3 years to bear fruit, and now it has gone wild! There are atleast a 100 lemons at any given point in time, ofcourse all are not ripe lol, but it is so fun to see the fruit on the tree and to get to use it whenever you want to without visiting the grocery store!
Did you know you can puree kumquats as is with skin and all, and it makes an amazing mixture to add to your baked goods? Am thinking kumquat madeleines, financiers, cakes… yum! I had a bundt cake in mind because I wanted the pretty shape, and peaks on which I could perch the pretty candied kumquats. The puree itself is so flavorful. I blended it in my high speed blender, and the fragrance was just wonderful. I am making kumquat ice cream next because I just know how wonderful it will be!
The candied kumquats are very easy to make. I added fresh ginger and a cinnamon stick to mine, and the flavor is phenomenal and addictive! You could use the simple syrup to make cocktails and add candied kumquat to it. Possibilities are endless! I used candied ginger, and spices like ground ginger and ground cinnamon, keeping with the theme from the candied kumquats, into the bundt cake. I used almond flour in the bundt, because I love adding almond flour to my baked goods. It adds a depth of flavor that is simply wonderful. The icing on the bundt also has pureed kumquat, and the icing is phenomenal. My kids were licking it off the whisk! LOL.
I added candied kumquat as decoration and it makes it look like tiny jewels on the top. Very happy with the way this bundt turned out, and hence sharing the recipe here. If you do make this, please do not forget to tag #thejamlab on Instagram and/or leave a message on this blog post!
In other news, I finally saw cherry blossoms on the trees around the neighborhood! I was so excited to see the pretty pink flowers. I am inspired to make cherry blossom macs! I have a flavor profile in mind, and I am excited to make them now!
Wishing you all a wonderful week. Spring is coming soon!