Nature's Candy: Timeless and Inventive Recipes for Creating and Baking with Candied Fruit (Hardcover)

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The definitive cookbook for candying fruit, and baking with it, filled with delicious, beautiful, and surprisingly uncomplicated recipes from Master Preserver Camilla Wynne.

    In Nature’s Candy, award-winning cookbook author Camilla Wynne welcomes you into the magical world of candying fruit—the classic tradition of imbuing fruit with sugar to preserve it as a glistening confection—and tempts curious bakers to work with this fascinating ingredient in a choose your own adventure–style masterclass. Will you candy the whole fruit (cherries, anyone?) or just pieces (hello, orange peel!)? And which of Camilla’s classic and contemporary baking recipes will you select to let it shine? Will it be the Stollen Pound Cake or maybe the Ginger Cashew Caramel Corn? Or perhaps the Banana Split Blondies?
    As Camilla’s previous cookbook, Jam Bake, was for baking with jam, Nature’s Candy is a game-changing cookbook for baking with candied fruit, thanks to its:

  • Foundational Candying Methods: With nine streamlined techniques to candy your fruit—and a handy chart to guide you on which candied methods are best for each type of fruit—you will create artisanal, jewel-like confections in no time.
  • Decadent Recipes for Bakers of All Levels: Level up your baking and confection-making by using candied fruit (and its syrup) in accessible recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, and even more fruity desserts. Enjoy Red Currant Cupcakes, Fruitcake Cookies, Candied Fig & Walnut Baklava, and many more.
  • Helpful Tips, Simplifications & More: Thanks to Camilla’s FAQ section, tips, and substitutions, candying fruit is now as easy as baking cookies. And if you don’t feel like candying, don’t let that stop you baking—just follow Camilla’s helpful advice on using store-bought candied fruit instead.

With its inspired photography and design, this one-of-a-kind cookbook on how to make and put candied fruit to good use—plus the fascinating history and science behind it—will turn any baker into a candied fruit expert.

About the Author

CAMILLA WYNNE is a writer, recipe developer, and cooking teacher specializing in preserving and pastry. She has been a culinary professional for over 20 years and is one of Canada’s only Master Food Preservers. She is the author of Jam Bake, a Taste Canada Awards gold winner, also named one of the best cookbooks of 2021 by Food52. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Cherry Bombe, Los Angeles Times, Globe and Mail, Chatelaine, and on Kitchen Projects and, among others. She lives in Toronto with her family and plays in the art rock band Sunset Rubdown.

Praise For…

“I am obsessed with Camilla’s magical, jewel-like fruit candies. In these pages, she generously shares all of her tricks. Her technique is spotless and her explanations are effortless. Anyone, novice to expert, can create gorgeous, candied fruit with Camilla’s sweet guidance.”
—ZOË FRANÇOIS, author of Zoë Bakes Cakes

Nature’s Candy not only teaches you the how and why behind candying fruit, but also provides a comprehensive foundation for candying any fruit you encounter. The trouble with a book as well-written and accessible as this is that everypiece of fruit you find will have you asking, ‘I wonder how this will taste candied?’”
MAURIZIO LEO, author of the James Beard Award–winning The Perfect Loaf

“Camilla is a master of fruit preservation and makes candying fruit a super approachable and delightful kitchen project in this gorgeous resource. She breaks down the process for all skill levels, then teaches us the amazing ways to use all of the beautiful candy we’ve made. Her oatmeal cookies have become a staple in my house, and who can resist tying lengths of candied lemon peel into dainty bows to decorate a cake?”
YOSSY AREFI, author of Snacking Bakes and Snacking Cakes

“Few chefs can communicate with equal measures of expertise and open heartedness like Camilla Wynne, who has seemingly made it her life’s mission to share her love of fruit preservation with the world. And for that, we are so, so grateful. In the dazzling Nature’s Candy, she has set her sights on creating and baking with candied fruit, a topic that may seem esoteric and peculiar to some, but to Camilla is a vast, scrumptious world brimming with possibility and joy.”
NATASHA PICKOWICZ, author of More Than Cake

“The only book you need for elevating seasonal fruits and vegetables into glistening jewels of flavor. Camilla offers insight into time-honored preserving methods with her own creative genius as a concise but thorough guide.”
SARAH OWENS, James Beard Award-winning author and baker

“Camilla is a natural teacher, unmatched in her knowledge of preserving.  She has an extraordinary talent for updating classical techniques for the modern kitchen. In Nature’s Candy she has created an absolutely gorgeous, precious jewel-box of a book that will certainly pave the way for a truly triumphant renaissance of candied fruit everywhere. Yippee!”
NICOLA LAMB, author of Sift and creator of Kitchen Projects

“There is no better guide to the sweet, glistening, endlessly fascinating adventure that is candying fruit than Camilla Wynne. Her recipes are smart, instructive, and beyond fun, offering both an introduction to and deep dive in the ever colorful, transformative world of candied fruit. Nature’s Candy is already a permanent staple on my shelves.”
REBEKAH PEPPLER, author of le SUD: Recipes from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Apéritif, and À Table

“I’ve always found the idea of candying intimidating, but Camilla makes the process feel so straightforward and achievable. Nature’s Candy will be one of the most used books in my kitchen and the bakery will be filled with candied fruits every season. Glorious, fruity heaven!”
ANNA HIGHAM, author of The Last Bite
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525612681
ISBN-10: 0525612688
Publisher: Appetite by Random House
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English