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Candied Grapefruit slices

As not much vibrant fruit is in season at this time of year, turning to citrus only seems natural. In the citrus category, grapefruit tends to be polarizing because of its inherent bitterness, but give it the candied treatment and it takes on an entirely new form.

We won't fool you into pretending that making these is quick. The process does take a little time, but it's the tastiest little project to tend to when you have a couple hours of spare time on a chilly afternoon. 

WHAT YOU'LL NEED • 3 small grapefruits, thinly sliced and seeds discarded

• 3 cups granulated sugar

• Ice

• Coarse decorating sugar (optional)

Prepare large bowl filled with water and ice; set aside. In large saucepan of boiling water, add grapefruit slices. Boil for 1 minute. Using slotted spoon, gently remove to bowl of ice cold water until slices are cold. Drain.

In large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar with 3 cups water, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Add in drained grapefruit slices. Simmer, gently stirring from time to time, until grapefruit rinds are translucent, about 1 hour. Remove slices and let cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with coarse decorating sugar, if using. 

Enjoy slices just as they are, or coat them in melted chocolate. You can also use them to decorate cakes, tarts or loaves.

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