Marmalade of sweet oranges

Marmalade of sweet oranges

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The Natural Cook
Makes
1.5 kg
Photographer
Laura Edwards

Immensely satisfying to make and relatively quick, considering the reward of owning three big jars of your own marmalade.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1kg sweet oranges
1 unwaxed lemon
1kg jam sugar

Method

  1. Squeeze the oranges and the lemon. Cut the citrus shells into quarters and then into 3–5 mm strips. Place the chopped peel, the juice and 2.5 litres water in a large pan, or a preserving pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for one hour, to soften the peel.
  2. Meanwhile, sterilise three 500 ml jam jars and put a plate in the freezer. When the peel is soft, add the sugar to the pan. Boil for 15 minutes, stirring regularly. To test for a set, take the plate out of the freezer and place 1 teaspoon of the marmalade on it. Put in the freezer for two minutes. Remove from the freezer and push a line through the marmalade with your finger. If your finger cuts through cleanly, it is ready. If it is still runny, boil for another 15 minutes and repeat the test, until it is set. Fill the hot jars with the hot marmalade and screw the lids on tightly. Allow to cool.

Ideas for marmalade

  • Orange roast duck: A great classic dish. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Smother a duck breast in a layer of fine cut marmalade and roast in the oven for 20 minutes. Rest for five minutes, then carve. Serves 1.

    Marmalade ham: Get a green (unsmoked) or smoked ham, soak it if necessary, then simmer for 20 minutes per 450 g. Drain. Smother a generous layer of marmalade over the skin and roast in an oven preheated to 170°C for about 20 minutes, until it caramelises.

Storage

  • Marmalade will keep for more than a year in a sealed, sterilised jar. Once opened, it should keep for at least a month.
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