Prickly Pear Candy
By Fitness and Freebies
Get the weight busting benefits of the succulent and nutritous cactus plant, prickly pear. Prickly pear fights fat and is nutritious! The pads of the prickly pear cactus are high in iron, beta carotene, vitamin C, and calcium.
1 cup strained prickly pear tuna juice
1 cup granulated white sugar
Wash and chop prickly pear tunas as previously instructed here. Cover chopped fruit with water even with level of tunas in pan. Cook over medium heat for approximately 20 minutes. Use cheese cloth and a colander to strain liquid from cooked prickly pear fruit. Strain 2 to 4 times.
Heat strained prickly pear tuna juice to a rolling boil and add sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved into juice completely. Remove pan from heat and promptly pour mixture on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
Place candy into 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Remove prickly pear candy from oven and allow to cool.
Cut candy into serving size pieces and wrap in plastic wrap for your later enjoyment.
"I tried the recipe on your site. But instead of cooking the fruit to get the juice i pureed the fruit then strained it. The candy doesn't seem to want to set up...is this because of the differences in the juice or is it not supposed to harden?" -Jon
We're not sure, Jon. We never tried it that way - anyone else have any comments or suggestions on this problem? Please use the contact form to let us know. Thank you!
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