Candied Ginger You Can Eat!

I just love ginger... I have made candied ginger several times, but this one was a shot in the dark.  Never had I tried cooking with Xyla, but it won me over instantly. The taste is insane! If you love the spiciness of ginger, the sweetness of candy, but avoid it like the plague because of fear of out-of-control, self-induced sugar cravings... This IS Your Answer!

Candied Ginger Ingredients:

1/2 lb. fresh ginger

1/2 cup Xyla

Directions:

Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices, using a mandolin, food processor, or a nice knife.

Place the slices in a medium saucepan and cover the slices with water.

Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the ginger becomes tender.

Reserve 1/4 cup cooking liquid as you drain away the rest of the liquid.

*Personally, I like to keep the extra water and use it later as a tea, or add it to something for extra flavor or to help an unsettled stomach. You can store it in refrigerator for a few days.

Bring ginger and reserved water back to a boil and add 1/2 cup of Xyla.  as Xyla dissolves turn down the heat to medium and continue to simmer the ginger stirring frequently.  The liquid will eventually evaporate (have patience) and the Xyla will become a sticky syrup.  This could take 15 minutes or so, just keep stirring and singing your favorite song.

Once you feel you have a syrupy-consistency, pour the ginger onto a parchment-lines baking sheet.  spread the pieces apart so they cool without creating one big lump of candied ginger.  Allow to cool.  

You can get rid of the excess ginger syrup, or, pour into a container for later use.  If you save it, it will turn into a large piece of candy, and I have not tried melting it back down.  Once I do you can bet I will be pouring it into my oatmeal!

Store your candy in an airtight container up to three weeks, and Share With Your Friends!I

*If you have ever made Candied Ginger before, you might be looking for it to crystalize.  this will not happen when using Xyla. Not sure why, but either way you end up with a delicious, warming, fabulous treat!

Word To the Wise...

Xyla is a sugar alcohol... that means that it has been processed from North American Hardwood, a renewable resource, and can replace your sugar without the chemicals of artificial sweeteners.  However, I imagine that if you walked up to a North American Hardwood and tried to eat it it would not be the sweet stuff you'd expect.  I am still researching the extraction process, but until then, take it slow.  Too much Xyla can cause gastro-intestinal discomfort, or frequent trips to the restroom if you eat too much.  Candy is a treat... not a meal.