Ginger Syrup/Ginger Candy

     As Salaamu Alaikum!  Twice a month I receive a box full of organic produce – ma shaa Allah the veggies are always crisp and fresh.  I do not choose which veggies are delivered, which means I must use my creative senses in the kitchen to make sure that we use all of the veggies before they lose their freshness!  That being said, this week I was looking for a way to use up the ginger root that I received.  I decided to make ginger candy!  As I was making the candy, I realized that I could use the water that I boiled the ginger in to make ginger syrup as well.  This is the kind of project that I love – mostly all of the ginger was used (except for the peels), and I got two treats out of it!  The candy turned out perfectly ma shaa Allah, and I will use the syrup to flavor tea and carbonated water insha Allah.  I’ll definitely have to hide these treats from my kids!

What you’ll need:

-2 cups of ginger root slices (peeled and sliced thinly)

-4 cups of cane sugar

-4 cups of water

-3/4  cup confectioners’ sugar

     First, place the water and sugar in a pot.  Heat until the sugar is dissolved.  Add ginger root, and adjust your heat so that the mixture simmers.  Simmer for 60min-80 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Ginger is done cooking when it is soft.  Turn off heat.  Put confectioners’ sugar on a large plate or other flat surface.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the sliced ginger from the syrup in the pot, and transfer it onto the confectioners’ sugar.  Turn the slices to ensure that they are coated, separating ones that are stuck together.  Remove the ginger slices from the confectioners’ sugar, removing excess sugar.  Place them on a dry surface to dry.  Pour syrup into a bottle for later use.