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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Homemade Seville Orange Marmalade

I really only like homemade marmalade and have been making marmalade since I was in my early 20s.  My mum always made her own marmalade and used to put the peel through the mincer, I would help by turning the handle.  When I spoke to her at the weekend she was planning to make some marmalade and bemoaning the fact that she no longer has that mincer!

I managed to source some Seville Oranges and turned to my old favourite recipe from Home and Freezer Digest (regular readers will have worked out by now that I learnt a lot of my cooking from this little magazine published in the 1980s and 90s) I usually chop the peel in the food processor for home consumption, but this time I am entering a jar of marmalade in the World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival 2nd & 3rd March 2013

This prestigious preserves contest, held at Dalemain in Cumbria, attracts thousands of entries from all over the world. Everyone who sends in a jar gets their marmalade tasted by a panel of expert judges and then gets sent a personalised mark card with feedback on how the marmalade can be improved - or if they are lucky a gold, silver or bronze award. Judges for 2013 include Pam Corbin and the WI.

 My friends Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Sue at A little bit of Heaven on a Plate are also entering the awards and you can read more about their marmalade making adventures on their blogs.  

Seville Orange Marmalade

Makes 9lb (4kg)
2lb (900g) Seville oranges
4pt (2.3l) water
1 lemon
4lb (1.80kg) sugar
1. Wipe and cut the oranges in half, squeeze out juice an pips.  Put pips in a muslin or stockinette bag and tie.
2. Put orange juice in pan with water and lemon juice.
3. Slice peel thinly and add to the pan with pips.  Simmer about 1 1/2 hours until peel is soft and liquid reduced by half.
4. Take out bag of pips and squeeze out any liquid into pan. Stir in sugar over low heat until dissolved.  Boi8l rapidly to setting point.
5. Cool 15 minutes in pan, stir well, our into warm, clean jars. Cover, seal, label.  Store in a cool dry place. 

 I suspect my marmalade is a little too set to win any competitions but the taste is phenomenal, the tart orange flavour bursts onto your tongue and stays with you for some time after eating.  It's not too sweet and I'm really rather pleased with it!

Marmalade is perfect for breakfast so why not try to make some for Farmhouse Breakfast Week.  There are lots of ideas for breakfast on the Shake Up your Wake Up website.  You can follow @breakfastweek on Twitter and tweet a picture of your breakfast every day with the hash tag #BreakfastWatch. You can also post your photos to Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

If you are cooking or baking your breakfast between now and 24th February, remember to link up to Breakfast Club and the good news is...Helen of Fuss Free Flavours has arranged for one lucky Breakfast Clubber to win a  Sharpham Park Breakfast Hamper containing:

Sharpham Park Crunchy Spelt Bran Flakes
Sharpham Park Crunchy Spelt Bran Flakes with Berries
Sharpham Park Crunchy Spelt Bran Flakes with Dates and Walnuts
Sharpham Park Multigrain Flakes
Sharpham Park Multigrain Fruit & Fibre Flakes
Sharpham Park Organic Wholegrain Spelt Flour
Sharpham Park Organic White Spelt Flour
Sharpham Park Organic Baker's Blend Spelt Flour
Sharpham Park Organic Spelt Flour

All you have to do is link your cooked or baked breakfast blog post to the Breakfast Club and we will choose one Breakfast Club entrant by Random Number Generator when the Breakfast Club ends on 24th February.

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At 24 January 2013 at 23:02 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

Oh that looks delish, I'm so jealous now as I've never made marmalade, only strawberry jam. I always used to buy homemade from the WI when I lived near one, but I must get on and make some myself, I just need some muslin!

At 25 January 2013 at 08:52 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Your marmalade looks heavenly Janice. Fingers crossed x

At 25 January 2013 at 22:50 , Blogger Susan said...

It looks lovely to me Janice, perfect in every you I only like homemade marmalade, mass produced is so inferior to me. Some of mine has been underset and too I do not believe I have a chance of any kind of win. BUT I have enjoyed the challenge of taking part. (I think you should get your mum to submit a jar she'd beat the pants of all of us I bet!) xxx

At 26 January 2013 at 11:26 , Blogger Janice said...

Thank you all. Sue you are probably right about my Mum's marmalade it is always really good! She has won lots of baking competitions through the SWRI (Scottish equivalent of WI), but doesn't enter any more.

At 27 January 2013 at 18:07 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

ON my laptop and able to comment! LOVELY looking marmalade and good luck with the awards Janice!Thanks for the mention and I am now about to link back to you here, so us Three Marmalade Queens are on the same song sheet! Karen xxx

At 27 January 2013 at 21:52 , Blogger Janice said...

Thank you Karen, more like the three bears I think! Paddington Bears, of course.


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