Martha Stewart Living (February 2011)
Since the middle of December, rarely a day has gone by that we haven't had a bowl full of clementines sitting on our kitchen counter.
We carry them to work as part of our lunch, grab one when we need a snack, and often eat them for dessert after dinner.
Will we tire of them? Unlikely. This clementine frenzy happens every year around this time, and the clementines are generally gone before our enthusiasm for them begins to wane.
Should we start to get tired of plain old clementines, no worries. This excellent Martha Stewart Living recipe for Clementines in Cinnamon Syrup is all the variety we need.
Generally at this time of year, our supermarket has ample boxes of at least one brand of clementines, and they're usually on sale. We just purchased a five-pound box for $5.99. The brand we find most often are "Darling Clemetines" (cutest name ever!).
Recently we bought a brand we had never before encountered, only to find that a few of the clementines were wrapped in incredibly creepy tissue paper:
As far as deserts go, this one is perfect for this time of the year. It's super easy, light and delicious. First, you make a simple syrup of water, sugar and cinnamon. Then you pour it over some sliced clementines and let them steep for a half hour. It's sweet, but not over so, and the cinnamon gives it a nice winter warmth.
Though we're perfectly content to eat plain clementines any day of the week, this use for them is an excellent preparation to keep in mind, should you ever want something a little more special. Heck, we'd even serve this when guests come over for dinner.
Active Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 40 Minutes
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 8 clementines, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
1. Bring water, sugar and cinnamon to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook until sugar dissolves, about 1 minute.
2. Arrange clementines in a large bowl. Pour warm syrup over top, and let stand for at least 30 minutes.
3. Divide clementines and syrup among 4 bowls.