Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Easy Marmalade Recipe

You probably have a wonderful "Granny or even Great Granny" recipe for marmalade but this one is so easy that I have given up on Mrs. Beeton and gone for speed and simplicity.  I also like the fact that you can make stage 1, one day and finish it off the next day. So a very big thank you to the kind lady who parted with her recipe the other day. I filled 11 mixed size jars and had them ready, warm and clean for stage 2.
Most of all, I like this recipe because it uses a kilo LESS sugar than my other ones. Helpful for teeth and waistline alike!
You will need;
1.5kg Seville Oranges (organic are best but certainly un-waxed)
2 large lemons (organic are best but certainly un-waxed)
Put them into a huge pan and cover with water.  Simmer for about 1.5hrs until they are squidgy. Leave them until cold or until the next day.  Halve the fruit lengthwise and pull out any pips or too much pith. Give the fruit a good squeeze, cut in half again and then slice finely on a chopping board. Chuck all the stuff into a huge pan with 3 pints of the leftover orange water.  Top it up with water if there is not enough. Throw in 2kg of granulated sugar and leave to dissolve over low heat.  Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 45mins, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Test the marmalade by put a teaspoonful on a chilled saucer and leaving it in the freezer for a few minutes. If it is set then leave the pan to cool for about 10 minutes.  Pour the marmalade into the prepared jars, cover with lids and label. Hide them so that the family doesn't gobble it all up!...............

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