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Where to buy whole glace fruit in Toronto?

kathorchid Dec 22, 2010 07:26 PM

I watched Jamie Oliver's Christmas special tonight on the Food Network, and he made the most wonderful dessert bombe with chunks of glace fruit as one of the ingredients. He had a whole glace clementine, and a piece of glace honeydew melon. I've seen the candied fruit at Bulk Barn and John Vince, and that sure isn't the stuff Jamie had. The fruit he had just glowed like beautiful jewels. I'm wondering where or if I can find the same quality of glace fruit in TO. Anyone out there know where to get this product?

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    Helen RE: kathorchid Dec 22, 2010 07:36 PM

    I also saw the show today and am wondering the same thing !!! Fantastic recipe but not much good with the glace fruit

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      S_K RE: kathorchid Dec 23, 2010 08:41 AM

      Lady York has some in jars but I've never tried them so I don't know how good they are.

      Edit: Not sure that there is anything other than cherries and possibly plums though...

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        kathorchid RE: S_K Dec 23, 2010 12:05 PM

        I need to get the sour cherries for the same recipe, so I will check out Lady York. Thanks.

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        julesrules RE: kathorchid Dec 23, 2010 10:43 AM

        There is a tasty Portuguese Christmas cake (ring-shaped, rich bread-type cake) which has whole
        glaceed fruits on it. So maybe one of the bakeries that make it can help? The place where I bought it here in the east end has closed. At least I think it's a Portuguese cake! Could be of another origin.

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          kathorchid RE: julesrules Dec 23, 2010 12:00 PM

          Thanks, this does sound like my best bet. I think I've seen these cakes, and I know where there is a good Portuguese bakery on Davenport Rd. I'll ask there, and you never know they might sell me some!

        2. chocabot RE: kathorchid Dec 23, 2010 11:39 AM

          Johnvince has whole green and red cherries and whole pineapple rings. Other than that the citron and melon is diced...

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            kathorchid RE: chocabot Dec 23, 2010 12:01 PM

            Jamie diced up the whole fruit, so if I cannot find any of the whole ones, I'll use the ones at John Vince. Thanks for your response.,

          2. Kagemusha RE: kathorchid Dec 23, 2010 12:04 PM

            Most of what's on offer hereabouts is really intended for baking(think Xmas cake), not so much for decoration where the emphasis is on realism--not dyed cherries, pineapple rings or hacked up peel. DIY isn't impossible but it takes some time. Recipes online. We make candied lemon, grapefruit and orange peel every Xmas--way better than the commercial stuff. Hi-end French glace fruit might show up in the GTA's schmaltzier food emporia but usually at a stroke-inducing price.

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              beach_cook RE: kathorchid Dec 28, 2010 02:09 PM

              I bought superb Italian candied citron, orange & lemon peels (all diced, except orange also in sticks, fabulous with coffee, w/wo coating in dk choc) from Market Hall in San Francisco two Novembers ago (shipped to Florida & brought home from there). Too late this year when I thought to order it. Tried calling various Italian shops to no avail, but did talk to Anna at Pasquale's (1st time in a long time - their location & hours sadly make them usually unavail to me). Bless her, she said she'd consider importing for next Christmas if interest expressed. Sooo, PLEASE EXPRESS INTEREST! :)

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