Winter Orange Blossom Marmalade
In Summer I preserved what I thought was a large amount of jam to last through the year. We picked fresh berries at a local berry farm early in the year and made some glorious strawberry jam. I also made a Mixed Berry and some Apricot Jam. A few jars were give to friends as a gift but I still expected there to be an abundance…… It is all gone! All the jam I made has disappeared.
In a spin, after desperately pulling out all of the jars of other Summer goodies I preserved in a bid to find more jam, I posted my woes on Instagram. I was reminded that I could make marmalade at this time of year…OF COURSE! I have no idea why it did not occur to me.
This past weekend there were no farmers markets in my area. I didn’t have time to do a farm-gate visit so I ducked into a local organic produce store and grabbed fresh juicy Navel oranges. My lemon tree is still producing beautifully. I added a few into the mix to cut down the sweetness of the orange.
The day I chose to make this marmalade was gloomy, raining and cold. When I looked at the finished jars of brilliant golden orange reflecting it the light they made me smile. This is the recipe I made – Sunshine in a jar.
You can not be anything but happy when you open a jar of this marmalade. I am enjoying the addition of the orange blossom water. It is sweeter than regular marmalade so the kids enjoy it also.
- 4 oranges (approx. 800 grams)
- 2 lemons (approx. 200 grams)
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 liter of water
- 1.5 kg of sugar
- 1 and ½ teaspoons orange blossom water
- Wash and dry the fruit
- Thinly slice the fruit and add it with the cinnamon sticks to a large wide base pan
- Add the water and simmer very gently for 1 hour 30 minutes
- Add the sugar and stir for a minute to allow it to dissolve
- Bring to a rapid boil for 15 minutes
- Test for setting point and pot into warm steralised jars
- Seal jars and set aside to cool
- Store in a cool dry location
For information on setting point, steralising and storage please refer to this earlier post here
If you can purchase spray-free fruit to use in your jam please try to
Do you have a Winter food favorite that makes you smile? I would love to hear what it is in the comments below.
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