Historical Candied Ginger
“’There is a gift for the boy in one of the chests. Some candied ginger. He was always fond of it.’ Illyrio sounded oddly sad.” -A Dance with Dragons
Modern Candied Ginger
Rustic, simple, and quite sweet, the historical candied ginger is as wonderful straight as it is added to tea. The texture appears to be quite hard, but dissolves and crumbles nicely in the mouth. Despite the relatively small amount of ginger, the finished Georgian candies have a wonderful zip to them, without the same overpowering ginger as actual slices.
Quite their opposite, the modern recipe produces candied ginger that will set one’s mouth on fire. They are the more easily recognizable candied ginger that one can find in many stores, but I’ve never encountered any with this much bite.
Personally, I preferred the more mild gingeriness of the older recipe, although true ginger fans will love the modern.
Georgian Candied Ginger Recipe
- 1 lb. sugar
- water, about 1/4 cup
- 1/2 oz. grated ginger
Modern Candied Ginger Recipe
- a large fresh ginger root, about 5″ long
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup more for dusting