The ultimate marmalade - recipe

The ultimate marmalade

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    To sterilise jars, wash with very hot water or put through the hot cycle of a dishwasher. Place the jars on a baking tray and slide into an oven (160˚C, fan 140˚C, gas mark 3, 325˚F) for 10-15 minutes. Keep them warm until filled with the marmalade.

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    Slice the oranges in quarters. Using a metal spoon, scoop out the flesh leaving as much of the pith as you can behind. Do this over a bowl to collect any juice. Reserve the orange peels. Put the orange flesh, juice and pips in a food processor and blend until smooth

    For this step you'll need:

    • 6 Orange(s)
  3. 3

    Push the purée through a muslin lined sieve into a preserving pan or large heavy-based saucepan. Flatten the orange peel and slice as much of the pith from the orange peel as possible. Slice the rind into very thin matchstick and add these to the pan. Pour in the lemon juice and water.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 1 Lemon juice of 1 lemon
    • 1l Water warm
  4. 4

    Bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until the rind is very soft and the mixture has reduced by half.

  5. 5

    Reduce the heat to low and add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved. Boil for about 10 minutes, skimming off any froth on the surface.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 1⅛kg Unrefined golden granulated sugar
  6. 6

    After 10 minutes, spoon a little of the marmalade onto a very cold plate and place in the fridge. If it sets to a jelly the marmalade is cooked. If necessary, cook for a further 5-10 minutes and test again. When ready beat in the whisky, if using.

    For this step you'll need:

    • 2 tbsp Whisky
  7. 7

    Allow the marmalade to cool slightly, then pour into the sterilised jars.

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