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Prickly Pear Candy

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Serves 35 | Prep Time 20 | Cook Time 20


1 cup pureed prickly pear cactus fruit (peeled and de-seeded)
3 cups applesauce, sugar free
6 tsp pectin
5 cups sugar plus more for dredging

Scoop prickly pear flesh from the skin and place in blender; puree.

Strain prickly pear puree to remove seeds and add to a large saucepan

Add applesauce to puree

In a separate bowl, add pectin and one cup of the sugar and whisk together

Add to fruit puree and bring to a boil

Add in the remaining sugar and bring back up to a boil

Stir constantly until your thermometer reaches 225°

Remove from heat and pour into a greased 13x9 pan

Let cool about an hour and sprinkle with sugar

Let dry over night (or around 12 hours)

Cut into one inch squares

Add sugar to a baggie and add a few pieces at a time to cover with sugar

Place on parchment paper and let dry for six hours (or preferably 1-2 more days, turning occasionally)

Store for up to two weeks

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Prickly Pear fruit grows all over the West and Southwest. I think people don't realize how good and beneficial this fruit is so I created a fun recipe using the puree for everyone to try.

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