Vivians’ Honey Marmalade from Ralphs shop in the village is a real treat but very expensive so thought I’d have a go at making some by replacing the sugar in a recipe by Gloria Nicol. The trick is the elusive ‘setting point’ and when it seemed that it just wasn’t going to work I reluctantly added sugar thinking that’s what must be needed. It turned out to be well set and yummy (even though I wasn’t sure it would set at all when I poured it into jars swearing I’d never make marmalade again!).
- 2kg Seville Oranges
- 1 Lemon
- 1.5kg honey
- 1kg mixed sugars – white granulated, light brown granulated, dark brown
- Preheat oven to 180 C/ gas mark 4
- put whole fruits in covered pan, add 2.5 litres water & bring to boil on hob
- place in oven – poach fruits for 2.5 – 3 hrs
- take fruit out & when cool enough to handle cut in half & scoop out fruit, pulp & seeds into muslin over a bowl to catch drips leaving the peel to be shredded later.
- measure the liquid & add in water to make up to 2 litres
- tie muslin bag of pulp etc and place in pan – add enough poaching liquid to cover bag, bring to boil and simmer for 15 mins
- leave till cool then squeeze out as much liquid as poss then discard bag & pulp.
- chop rind into thin strips, add poaching liquid, honey and sugar over a low heat until dissolved then boil rapidly for 15mins & test for setting point
- leave to stand for 15mins, stir to distribute peel then pour into hot jars.
Debs mentioned that Margaret Davies reckons you need equal sugar to fruit (Margaret’s a star cook and she also does the church fairtrade / traidcraft stall..she’s in a page I’m currently working on for the guidebook to introduce some of the wonderful food activities that the church and other local groups get up to..
anyway, thought I’d try again following the same recipe process but without the extra water added at stage 5 – 1kg of oranges, 1 lemon and 900g honey (2 jars of honey). This produced 2.5 jars of very well set and delicious honey marmalade & am now thinking I may have been able to get another jar or two if I’d kept the water in and been extremely patient towards reaching the elusive ‘setting point”!!
anyway..all good in the end and so satisfying to have stock to share and give to people