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Marmalade Time

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January 5, 2015 / English / By
Rachael

January is a special month in many British households as it signals the arrival of juicy Seville oranges in the shops. These bitter tasting oranges are ideal for making marmalade which is a favourite spread for toast. If you went to the movies recently and saw Paddington you'll be aware that this famous bear is partial to marmalade sandwiches. Unlike Paddington Bear you don't need to keep a marmalade sandwich in your hat for emergencies but can enjoy the preserve all year round.

Here's how to make a batch of marmalade. You'll need:

7 Seville Oranges

2 sweet oranges

1 large lemon

1.35 kg white granulated sugar.

Wash the fruit and then place it is a pan of 1.7 litres of water. Cover the pan and allow it to simmer for 50-60 minutes until the fruit is soft. Remove the pan from the heat and take out the fruit, leaving it to cool. Next, meausre the liquid and make it up to 1.4 litres with water. Return the liquid to the pan and stir in the sugar.

Take the fruits and halve them. Remove all the pips and tie them in a square of muslin. Use a mixer to chop or mince all the flesh and peel. Add this mixture to the pan along with the bag of pips. Stir the mixture until all the sugar has dissolved.

Bring the mixture to the boil for 10- 15 minutes. Test the marmalade for the setting point by placing a dish into the fridge and then dropping a small amount of the mixture onto the cold plate. If it is slow to run and goes crinkly then it has reached setting point. Remove the marmalade from the heat, take out the pips and spoon it into some hot sterilised jam jars. Seal and label the jars.

This makes around 2.5 litres of marmalade and if stored in a cool place it can keep for up to a year.

The citrus taste on toast is really popular at the breakfast table in Britain and this popular preserve has seen increased demand since Paddington Bear was seen eating it in the movie. It is easy to make but you can also buy it in supermarkets. You'll also find lemon marmalade, and even some upmarket brands laced with whisky. The jars also make great gifts for people.

Why not head down to the shops for some Seville oranges and start making that marmalade today.


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