So the question arose: what to do with a bowl full of Cumquats?
Consulting the Oracle (Google) produced numerous articles involving advice and recipes for dealing with a crop of cumquats, including:
Cumquat Marmalade: from Cooks Almost Everything
Candied Cumquats: from Morsels and Musings
Kumquat, Fennel and Blood Orange Salad: from Erins Kitchen
Kumquat Compote: from Seattle Bonvivant
Kumquat Salsa: from Garrett at Vanilla Garlic
Wickid Kumquatini Cocktails: from Wallflower Entertaining
But in the end, what really captured my imagination was a mention of:
Cumquat Curd… I couldn’t find the actual recipe online – if no-one else is doing it, does that mean it’s a really good idea (that no-one in the Whole-Wide-World has thought of yet) or really a bad idea (that no-one in their right mind would even consider)?? - but the concept piqued my interest. So using my mum’s recipe for Lemon Butter, I juiced and zested my cumquats, reserving the skins to make into a pickle and here is the result:
The verdict? Cumquat Curd IS a really good idea - Yum-oh!
Cumquat Curd Recipe:
70g unsalted butter
2 tsp grated cumquat zest
120ml cumquat juice
Whisk egg yolks and sugar until well combined but not frothy.
Tip into a heavy-based non-reactive saucepan and add butter, zest and juice.
Stirring constantly, bring to simmering point over a medium-high heat (about five minutes).
As soon as bubbles appear, remove from heat, still stirring. Allow to cool. Transfer to sterilised jars and seal.
Makes 2 cups
Cumquat PickleI wanted a recipe that would make use of the skins of the cumquats after I had juiced them for making the cumquat curd.
Cumquats are unlike other citrus fruits, as the peel is less bitter than the flesh. They produce an excellent sweet-and-sour pickle, combined with palm-sugar, vinegar and spices.
Cumquat Pickle Ingredients:
250 g cumquat rinds
100 ml white wine vinegar
2 cardamom pods, crushed
1 cinnamon stick
1 cm piece of ginger, shredded
1 tsp sea salt
60g soft palm sugar
Cut the cumquat skins in half and put them in a saucepan with the salt and water to cover. Bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Drain the kumquats, discarding any pips.
Place the vinegar, palm sugar, cardamom pods, clove and the shredded ginger into a pan and heat gently, stirring, until all the palm sugar is dissolved. Raise the heat and bring to the boil, then add the pre-boiled, drained cumquat rinds. Simmer for one minute, then allow to cool slightly.
While the mixture is still medium-hot (about 75 degrees), ladle the cumquats and the liquid into warm, clean, pre-sterilized jars. Cover with non metal (ie vinegar-proof) lids and seal.
Store in a cool, dark, dry place for 1 month before using.
Cumquat Pickle is wonderful with Malaysian and Indian Curries.