Sunday, December 26, 2010

Orange Cinnamon Marmalade

Ever since I started blogging I would bake Christmas goodies for family and friends. However this Christmas has changed my life around on a personal basis and because of this, I am keeping this year's celebration to a very low key. However I did decide to do something and it was to make marmalade jam. I had been wanting to try making jam in the early part of this year but had put it off. Why? I guess the logical part of me said why put so much time into it when buying a jar off the shelf isn't really that expensive.

The next time the idea crept into my head, which was a couple of weeks ago, I decided not to use the logical part of my brain. I went ahead to make this over a weekend. The marmalade turned out very well, only slightly bitter (as what a good marmalade should be) and not overly sweet as I had reduced the sugar content in this recipe.

Orange marmalade 1


Orange marmalade 2


Orange Cinnamon Marmalade
Makes about 8 cups
Recipe Adapted from Taste.com.au


Ingredients:

1 kg (about 5 small) oranges, scrubbed
300g (about 2 medium) lemons, scrubbed
9 cups water
1.1 kg sugar
3 cinnamon sticks about 2" length

Method:

1) Thinly slice half the oranges and all the lemons. Then cut them up long strips.

2) For the remaining oranges, slice off only the rind part, leaving behind the white parts around the flesh of the oranges (a bit of the white part on the rind is fine). Then remove only the flesh of the remaining oranges. Cut the orange rind into thin strips and chop up the flesh.

3) Remove all the seeds from the oranges and lemons, and reserve aside. Wrap seeds in muslin to form a pouch and tie with a long piece of unwaxed string.

4) Place oranges, lemons, cinnamon sticks and water into a large heavy-based saucepan. Place pouch in fruit mixture and tie the string to saucepan handle. Bring to the boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 2 1/2 hours or until citrus rind is very soft. Squeeze excess liquid from pouch and then remove the pouch.

5) Reduce heat to low, add the sugar and stir, without boiling, until the sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil. Boil, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until jam reaches setting point (105°C on sugar thermometer). To test, place a teaspoonful of jam on a cold saucer in the freezer for 2 minutes or until cooled to room temperature. Run a finger through the jam - if the surface wrinkles and the jam remains in 2 separate portions, it is ready.

5) Remove saucepan from heat and use a metal spoon to skim off any scum from the surface. Stand marmalade for 5 minutes to cool slightly. Ladle the marmalade into hot, sterilised jars (about 2-1itre [8-cup] capacity in total), seal and invert jars for 2 minutes. Turn jars upright and allow to cool. Label.

Notes:

To sterilise jars, wash the jars and lids in warm soapy water and rinse well. Place in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and boil for 10 minutes. Transfer jars and lids to a baking tray lined with baking paper and place in preheated oven at 100°C until dry. Use jars straight from the oven.

The marmalade will keep, unopened, for a year in a cool, dark place. Once opened, store in the fridge for up to 3 months. You will need a 10cm-square piece of muslin and unwaxed string for this recipe.

Orange marmalade 3


Orange marmalade 4

10 comments:

Ju (The Little Teochew) said...

Wishing you well, Jo. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Angie's Recipes said...

THe marmalade looks gorgeous.
I wish you a wonderful and peaceful holiday season.
Angie

noobcook said...

I'm glad you went ahead with it, it looks great and nothing beats home-made, of course. Happy New Year! ♥

MaryMoh said...

beautiful marmalade. I love marmalade. I often add to yoghurt, very delicious....mmmm. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi said...

My aunt has been making marmalades but never includes cinnamon in hers. I suppose the Chinese here aren't really fans of the spice except these sweet-toothed and spicy people like us ... Hahaha!

Got your email but still haven't had the time to reply to you. Here's to wish you a blessed 2011! Take care!

Sophie said...

MMMMMMMMMM,..I so much love orange marmelade!!

Happy 2011 filled with joy & good food!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

Love the touch of Cinnamon in the marmalade. Happy New Year Jo!

tigerfish said...

LIke the idea of cinnamon in the marmalade. I like marmalade with some peanut butter in my bread for breakfast.


Wish you well and Happy New Year.

TasteHongKong said...

Homemade marmalade on a homemade toast... I can imagine how hearty the feeling is and it is worth all the efforts.

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