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Gato Papaye (Candied Papaya)

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.  🙂

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1/2 of a medium sized unripe papaya
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 – 2/3 cup water

METHOD :

  • 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!!  🙂

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