2 Cups fresh Kumquats sliced in half lengthwise & remove seeds
2 Cups granulated sugar
2 Cups water
1 Vanilla bean sliced open lengthwise
In a heavy three-fourth quart saucepan, dissolve sugar in water. Slowly bring to simmer over medium low heat. Add sliced kumquats & lower heat. Bring to a gentle simmer watching that sugar syrup does not foam up and overflow. Cook at a gently simmer for 30 minutes. Add vanilla bean & cook for additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat & allow mixture to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup & discard vanilla bean. Place syrup back in saucepan. Reduce syrup to one cup over medium-low heat. Cool syrup reduction & pour over candied kumquats.