This month has definitely been a lazy one for me; with only 3 blog posts published. And we’re nearing the end of September already! I don’t know about my fellow bloggers, but I do take a lot of time to draft and edit a post. 🙂 I actually took days to complete my previous one about Pizza! Hopefully this blog post will be completed and published by tomorrow (i.e. Wednesday). 🙂
Gato Papaye is one of the candies that I remember from my childhood days but that is seen less and less in our shops now. I got the idea of making these from my Candied Citrus Peel recipe. The basics are pretty much the same; I simply used a different fruit.
Green papaya is something that I have on hand most of the time, with 3 or 4 trees in my yard. It’s a pity to see these fruits go to waste but I try not to make these candies often. While being a perfect sweet treat, they are still loaded with sugar! I really should be keeping a watch on my sugar intake considering a very significant history of diabetes in my family. But I guess making a batch of these once in a while won’t do much harm as long as I don’t end up eating too much. 🙂
The first time I made these, I went for a ripe but firm papaya; which was not such a good idea. The candies turned out quite soft and I simply couldn’t get them to dry completely. So make sure you are using an unripe green fruit to make these candies. 🙂
- 1/2 of a medium sized unripe papaya
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 – 2/3 cup water
- Peel and cut the papaya into slices of around 5 mm thickness. This should make about 1 to 1 ½ cup. I was wondering how the store bought Gato Papaye are made into nice big squares or triangles but then I was told that they actually use a different fruit to make these instead of papaya!
- Add the sugar and water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Put in the papaya slice and allow to simmer till the fruit becomes translucent and syrup thickens considerably.
- Remove the papaya slices while still hot with the help of a fork. Place on wire rack and allow to drain.
- Once cool enough to handle you can coat the candies with some granulated sugar. Simply put them in a disposable plastic bag with some sugar and shake until coated.
- Place the candied papaya back on wire rack and allow to dry overnight or for several hours.
- I usually fasten the drying by placing the candies in my oven for few minutes at 100 degrees C. Make sure you place a tray under the wire rack. Coat the candies with sugar after they are out of the oven.
Store the Candied Papaya in an airtight container and enjoy with moderation! 🙂
P.S. I created this blog exactly 3 months back and my blog stats have reached 1000 this week! Yay!! 🙂