Easter is coming, and with it the temptation to reach for artificially sweetened candies laden with preservatives.
If you’re looking for a natural alternative, check out this easy homemade candy recipe that has intense fruit flavor. The recipe calls for peaches, but just about any citrus fruit will do the job. If you aren’t celebrating Easter, this is a great candy recipe to keep on hand for the coming warmer months. Enjoy!
1 pound ripe peaches, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp pectin
Pour the peaches and lime juice into a blender and puree until completely smooth
Pour the mixture into a saucepan, then add 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Cook at medium high heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently until it thickens, then reduce to low heat, stir in ½ cup sugar and the pectin
Bring the mixture back to a simmer at 205 degrees and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 2-3 drops of red food coloring (optional) to deepen the color
Line a 7 X 11- inch cake pan with plastic wrap and pour in the mixture. Ensure that the mixture is even by gently shaking the cake pan and let it cool at room temperature
Refrigerate overnight, remove the plastic wrap and dust the top of the jelly with sugar
Dust a flat surface with additional sugar and flip the cake pan upside down onto the surface. Carefully remove the plastic wrap and dust the top of the jelly with sugar
Cut into squares of your preferred size and serve cold.
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