Fun and different candy made from Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit.
Course Candy and Treats
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 10minutes
Additional Time 1day
Total Time 1day25minutes
½cupripe prickly pear cactus fruitpeeled, pureed and de-seeded
1 ½cupsplain no sugar added applesauce
3teaspoonsof powdered pectinI used Sure Jell
Sugar for dusting each gumdrop at the end
Spray an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Then set it aside.
In a large saucepan, combine the pureed and de-seeded prickly pear cactus fruit with the applesauce.
Whisk the pectin and a ½ cup sugar together in a small bowl. Once mixed well, add to the cactus fruit.
Clip a candy thermometer onto the side of your saucepan and bring your mixture to a boil.
Whisk in the remaining 2 cups of sugar.
Bring everything to a boil and stir constantly until your mixture reaches 225°. (this took me less than 5 minutes)
Remove from saucepan from the heat. (and shake your arm from all that stirring!)
Pour the hot mixture into your 8x8 prepared glass dish.
When slightly cool (about an hour), sprinkle sugar on top.
Allow to set several hours (this is going to vary depended on your weather, humidity outside/inside. I recommend letting them dry at least 12 hours. (Seems like 12+ is the magic number so plan ahead)
Once the candy is mostly set, enough to cut, cut your mixture into 1-inch squares, or use a mini cookie cutter sprayed with non-stick cooking spray to make hearts, flowers, whatever - though if you plan to use anything other than just a sharp knife, you might need to let them dry even longer, though they will dry better when cut.
Dredge in some sugar and allow to dry another 6+ hours or overnight on a piece of parchment paper. Store covered for up to two weeks.