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Looking for Citron

tbrown Dec 20, 2008 02:36 PM

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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    Burger Boy RE: tbrown Dec 20, 2008 03:28 PM

    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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      rainey RE: Burger Boy Dec 20, 2008 03:43 PM

      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.

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        george90 RE: rainey Dec 21, 2008 05:15 AM

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

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          rainey RE: george90 Dec 21, 2008 07:39 AM

          It was in the aisle/on the rack with the baking extracts. ...one 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.

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            george90 RE: rainey Dec 22, 2008 02:48 AM

            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.

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              rainey RE: george90 Dec 22, 2008 09:19 AM

              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.

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        george90 RE: Burger Boy Dec 21, 2008 05:11 AM

        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...

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          george90 RE: Burger Boy Dec 21, 2008 05:16 AM

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

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          AnnieMar RE: tbrown Dec 20, 2008 03:50 PM

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

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            george90 RE: AnnieMar Dec 21, 2008 05:13 AM

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

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            Poppy8sd RE: tbrown Dec 21, 2008 01:40 AM

            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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              rainey RE: Poppy8sd Dec 21, 2008 07:41 AM

              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!

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                Burger Boy RE: Poppy8sd Dec 21, 2008 08:28 AM

                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. a_and_w RE: tbrown Dec 22, 2008 08:11 AM

                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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