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Oranges Are The Only Fruit (weekly photo challenge ready)

February 6, 2012

Grannie and I had planned to make marmalade today, which needs a bit of organising.  Seville oranges must be ready – marmalade has to be made with Seville oranges – other things which call themselves marmalade – grapefruit marmalade, onion marmalade for example –  are imposters, unworthy of the name.  My recipe calls for cooking the oranges beforehand, which I do the night before. Marmalade’s not a spur of the moment thing – unlike much of my cooking.

So here are pictures of the oranges ready to be cut up, and of the marmalade ready at the setting point, and the bread with the marmalade on ready to eat. Ready for this weeks photo challenge.

You need one and half pounds of  Seville oranges which you put in a pan with 2 pints (20fl oz per pint) of water and the juice of a lemon. Bring to the boil and then leave somewhere warm ish for a few hours (or overnight) so that the orange peel is soft. Lift the oranges out, and cut them in half. Scoop out the flesh and as much pith from the skin as you can and add to the pan. Bring  it to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Strain the fruit out and put the liquid back and add 2 and a half pounds of granulated sugar and stir till this has completely dissolved. Add the chopped peel, return to the heat,  bring to the boil and continue to boil until setting point is reached (222f, 105c) If you don’t have a thermometer test by putting some marmalade on a cold plate and pushing your finger through it. If the marmalade wrinkles, it’ll set. It takes about 10 minutes to reach setting point, but bear in mind that the best marmalade is not that which you have to skewer out of the jar.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2012 7:35 pm

    Impressive…

  2. February 6, 2012 11:05 pm

    I just love marmalade on toast, with tea. Lovely photo. 😉

  3. February 6, 2012 11:53 pm

    May I have some please?
    ~Anne

  4. February 7, 2012 9:07 am

    Another entry in cooking mood, I like it! 🙂

  5. February 7, 2012 7:00 pm

    Tasty…

  6. February 7, 2012 10:04 pm

    Thanks everyone 🙂 We’ve already eaten one jar of marmalade. I don’t think we made enough!

  7. February 8, 2012 11:46 am

    Yummy

  8. February 10, 2012 1:34 am

    Looks delicious. Great entry. 🙂

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