Kinkan Kanro-ni | Candied Kumquats
4 cups kumquats, whole (seeds in)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sake
Remove stems from kumquats and rinse.
Combine water and sugar in a medium pot and bring to a gentle boil. (Note: adjust sugar to taste. Rule of thumb is 1:1 water to sugar.)
Add kumquats and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. Kumquats will puff-up.
Add sake and continue to reduce liquid for another 10 minutes, or until liquid is a thick syrup consistency.
Let cool and refrigerate.