Ginger is a rhizome that stands out for its fresh and intense flavours, its unique aroma and the spicy touch that it adds when used as an ingredient. Ginger has always been used as a topping or as a key ingredient of many dishes, drinks and desserts.
Candied ginger is made by boiling the root with sugar until it softens, after which it is chopped and preserved in syrup and finally granulated sugar is added. This type of ginger offers a somewhat different and innovative flavour which provides professional chefs with a unique ingredient for making surprising creations.
How to use candied ginger
Candied ginger is used mostly in Horeca, bakeries, confectioneries, and cocktail bars. It serves as a nice dressing for rice dishes, pasta, salads and sea food; it is also a main ingredient in many tartare recipes, meat dishes, fish and even in some breads and oil dressings. Candied ginger can be found in confitures, tarts, cakes, jams and also as an unmistakable flavour of some bonbons.
Candied ginger mixes well with alcohol, which means it can be used in cocktails alongside orange or pomegranate. Sometimes cocktail makers opt for a slice of candied ginger instead of a slice of orange or lemon to add a touch of elegance and a delightful taste sensation to the drinks they prepare. Candied ginger also works well in non-alcoholic drinks where it can be mixed with milk or powdered cocoa.
Many sweets are made with candied ginger, such as boiled sweets or jellies, however it is also found in sponge cakes, muffins, cakes, tarts, biscuits and cookies where it is used as an ingredient and mixed with fruits such as apple, strawberries or raspberries.
Innovative ideas for using candied ginger
Here are some ideas to make the most of candied ginger as an ingredient and make dishes and desserts that will have your clients licking their lips in delight:
Pear and ginger muffins
This dessert uses candied ginger, chopped into small pieces. This is added to the cake mix, along with chopped pear (either candied or fresh). The mix is then poured into muffin moulds and baked for 30 minutes until golden. They can be served on a tray or individually with a dusting of icing sugar. They make a delicious breakfast or afternoon snack.
Chocolate truffles with candied ginger
Candied ginger is used in small slices to make delicious truffles that are usually served as bonbons. They are lovely with a mid-morning coffee, offering a nice fresh and hot taste which is sure to impress. This combination undoubtedly delights chocolate lovers.
Chocolate clusters of nuts and candied ginger
These handmade chocolates are made with melted chocolate, candied fruit, dried fruit and candied ginger. They also include melted butter which helps to thin the chocolate out and coats the fruit better, adding a lovely sheen. Chocolate clusters are ideal to have with coffee, at breakfast time or simply as a snack.
Ideas for savoury dishes
Salmon with fennel and quark cheese
The beauty of this dish is the mixture of flavours, aromas and textures, such as the aniseed flavour provided by the fennel, added to cherry tomatoes and quark cheese, with a candied ginger and dill dressing. The cheese sauce is made with ginger oil, which adds a different flavour than olive oil.
Temaki sushi or Temakizushi
The core ingredients of this type of cone-shaped sushi are rice, vegetables, edible seaweed, raw fish and seafood. Candied ginger is used as a dressing along with the wasabi, soy sauce and rice vinegar. The chef sometimes makes different fillings so as to offer a wider range of this delicious Japanese dish.
Lettuce heart tacos with spicy pork
This dish is similar to fajitas, but it uses the lettuces leaves to wrap around the filling. The minced pork meat is placed inside the lettuce heart, with spices, coriander, Worcestershire sauce, lemon and candied ginger, together with a splash of soy sauce. This is served as a starter, a side dish or as a light meal, along with salad or grilled vegetables.
Why choose candied ginger from Lazaya?
Lazaya’s candied ginger has special qualities that make it unique:
- Free from preservatives
- No artificial colorants
- Different sizes
- Different packaging
- Suitable for allergies, diabetics and coeliac diets.
Furthermore, there are several packaging options:
- Plastic tubs
- Cardboard boxes
- glass jars
This product is available all year around and can be stored for between 24 and 36 months at room temperature. It is, without a doubt, one of the most sought-after ingredients in our catalogue, used by chefs and master bakers to make unique offerings at their establishments. Contact us and let us know what you seek.