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Dec 20, 2008 02:36 PM

Looking for Citron

I always make a traditional danish bread at Christmas. It calls for citron (which is similar to the candied fruit used in fruitcakes) but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Any thoughts?

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  1. Surfas should have it, if they are not sold out. Gloria's Cake Supply on Washington one block west of Centinella. Whole Foods might carry it. Good Luck.

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      I was there last week and they *did* have citron.

      I love citron. It isn't as cloying as other candied fruits and gives such a lovely complex floral flavor to things like cassata.

      1. re: rainey

        Where did you find it?? , Is it candied citron halves??

        1. re: george90

          It was in the aisle/on the rack with the baking extracts. of the lower shelves. It was not halves but long strips in clear packaging. The green candied cherry halves are brighter and will be easier to spot; the citron is beside them.

          1. re: rainey

            Was it at surfas?? or at Gloria's cake supply??
            I went to surfas web page and they seem to have only diced candied citron...
            I will stop by tomorrow morning.

            1. re: george90

              Yes. It was definitely Surfas. Call them first and make sure they've still got it.

              I drove from Woodland Hills to Culver City for white chocolate and they told me they had been out of it the day before. So check -- they're going through a lot of stuff this baking time of year.

      2. re: Burger Boy

        Do you have an idea of where to find old-fashioned candied citron halves??
        Trying to find it all around the web, but not results, need something with perfume quality and flavor...

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Surfas has it but is diced, looking for the old fashioned candied citron halves...

        2. I live in the SGV and I found it at Henry's Market. Do you have one of those?

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          1. re: AnnieMar

            Do they sell candied citron halves??, what about the quality ??(flavor and the aroma), really important...

          2. Depending on your location, Surfas is good idea, though they are in Culver City. This is one time of year citron should be easy to get at:
            -Von's --look on displays above fresh produce section
            -Smart & Final
            -Whole Foods
            -Bristol Farms
            Only other thought: health food store, like Quinn's

            But: if you are doing the work of making bread Why not
            -scrape peel of some lemons (without the pith/white),
            -make syrup --sugar & water, boiled
            -gently steep the rind, till covered
            -place sugared peel on parchment to dry and Viola! --Hmmm?

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            1. re: Poppy8sd

              I don't believe I've ever seen a candied citron half in 40 years of baking. Candying your own isn't a bad idea but it's predicated on being able to find a fresh citron. Never seen one of them either!

              1. re: Poppy8sd

                Wait a minute! There has not been a Quinn's in LA since the Vermont & Franklin store closed 20+ years ago. Where is there a Quinn's?

              2. Not sure about candied, but I've seen fresh citron at the Santa Monica Farmer's Market recently. They even have the freaky kind with the digits!

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