Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Good Morning to you,

I have finally caught up with myself and I have made some English Marmalade, which I promised I would make a couple of weeks ago.

Marmalade can be bought quite cheaply these days, but there is nothing like making your own, knowing what ingredients are in the marmalade and knowing there are no harmful additives or preservatives...and I believe home made marmalade has a much nicer flavour.

Making this English Marmalade is quite a bit  different to the Grapefruit marmalade which we made  here

I did say that I would make Nigella's recipe, with Seville oranges, but instead I thought I would show you the traditional way of making marmalade.  It does take quite a while, so make it on a day when you are not in a hurry and you have plenty of time. 

Whilst I was making this marmalade I listened to an interview with Joan Armatrading on the radio, then when the interview finished I  listened to her cd and of course I sang a fashion....well I was on my own. 

I then listened to an audio book of The Lion in Winter, which I love almost as much as the film with Katherine Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. It was all very relaxing, as I was under no pressure to be anywhere, other than the kitchen.

I made 7 jars of marmalade in total, which will last quite a long time, some I will share with Phyllis when she comes to stay later in the year.

So, it is time to gather your equipment. You will need,

1 preserving pan
1 large deep, heavy based saucepan
7 medium sized glass jars
7 waxed discs
7 lids
sugar thermometer 

1 kg/2 1/4 lbs Seville Oranges
1 unwaxed lemon
2.2 litres or 9 cups of water
2kg/9 cups preserving sugar

1 large square of muslin
(I found this muslin with the red ribbon
tied around it, 
so I decided to leave the ribbon on when I
took this photograph).

Wash the oranges and the lemon
Cut into quarters

Remove the flesh, pips and pulp

Leaving just the peel.
This is a fiddly job, but I used a flexible
knife which made the job a lot easier.

Place the flesh, pips and pulp
in a large square of muslin and tie.

Decide on the size of muslin once
you have assembled the flesh, pips and pulp
as this will give you a better idea of
how much muslin you will need.

Cut the peel finely or coarsely,
depending on how you like
your marmalade.
Personally I like it cut finely.
(This took me about an hour to do.)

Place the water,

peel and muslin bag in a large saucepan,
or preserving pan
and bring to the boil.
Lower the heat and simmer for 2 hours
Removing any foam which appears as
this allows for a clear marmalade.

Remove the muslin bag carefully
and place in a large bowl
Remember, the contents will be
piping hot.

I find doing this first, before I place
the bag between two plates much easier.
Any juice caught in the bottom of the
bowl is then tipped back into the saucepan.

Place the muslin bag between
two plates.
Holding the plates over the pan
carefully squeeze to remove
as much liquid as possible.

Stir in the sugar until it has dissolved,
then boil rapidly until setting point
has been reached, 105C/220F

Ladle into warm, sterilized jars and seal
with wax paper discs.

When the marmalade is cold, label and date.

I have to apologise for the quality of the photographs today.  The morning started off with the sun streaming through the window, so I thought because I had good light, I could use a beautiful cloth which Danielle bought for me from Thailand.  I was wrong, as the sun disappeared and along came big black clouds. In future I am going to use a white tablecloth when I bake or cook during the winter, as I have realised I get a much better quality of photograph.  Then I can use my darker coloured cloths, during the summer, when the light is much brighter.

What is the saying "Your never too old to learn".

Enjoy your marmalade, it will take a while to make, but so worthwhile.

This week I shall be joining,

Take care and I will see you later in the week.


  1. Oarange Marmalade is my absolute favorite !
    I have even been known to place a large spoonful over vanilla ice cream for a dessert.
    Thanks so much Daphne for taking all of these lovely pictures and the great directions. ;)

  2. Your marmalade looks wonderful! I have no doubt that it delicious & you've packaged it so nicely too. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. You are reading my mind, Daphne! I've had marmalade on my mind all week! It looks like it's going to take a day's effort, but well worth it.

  4. What a great tutorial and recipe! The pictures are gorgeous as always Daphne. Thank you for sharing the make it look so simple. Have a wonderful day!

  5. The marmalade looks wonderful, Daphne. I think I want to live at your house. :)

  6. Daphne, I love citrus recipes. This is a beautifully written and photographed recipe. Olive

  7. this would go perfectly with a nice Crostata

  8. Aren't you the talented one? Such a lovely spread to enjoy on your toast or biscuits.

  9. Delícia ...delícia!
    adoro, essa semana fiz goiabada!

  10. It looks delicious, Daphne! Your end result looks like they would make marvelous gifts, too.

  11. Hi Daphne, I love orange marmalade . . . it is by far my favorite of any thing in the jam family. I'll just bet that homemade is incredible, and your home must smell like heaven when you are making it. Thank you for the great tutorial.
    That was the sweetest thing to said about my drawings. You are a sweetheart. One of my favorite hats is also a beret, then as you can tell by my photo I love cowboys hats, too :)
    Have a lovely day, your blogging sister, Connie :)

  12. Daphne! These photos are lovely! I have enjoyed your post, I like your jars a lot, they look so nice...great job!

  13. Good Morning Daphne, Wow, you've been a busy girl. I bet the marmalade is just delicious, just thinking about it makes me hungry. If I ever attempt to make it, I will certainly use this recipe. Enjoy!

  14. Sounds like a lovely day spent in the kitchen! Thought I'd "cross the pond" and visit your blog, and what lovely blog it is!! My mouth is watering for that Lemon Drizzle Cake, lemon cake is my fave!


  15. I love orange marmalade! Will have to find some time to make this one too. I never did get to make your lemon drizzle cake, but thought I might put one of my girls up to it today! Thanks for sharing another wonderful recipe. Enjoy your weekend!


  16. I am a marmalade lover too, I love it on chicken! I've never made it, I can see it's quite tricky to make and I may take it on this year. We have an abundance of lemons and oranges. I hope I don't have to use the Seville variety, my oranges are Valencia. Either way, I'm pinning this. Thanks!

  17. What a lovely treat! I adore making marmalade but no one else in my family likes it, so I end up eating it all myself - not good! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.

  18. Daphne, I think the photographs are wonderful! I've never made marmelade. I think you are wise - do it on a day when you have time and are feeling patient. Listening to good music and a good book must surely help!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  19. Honestly, I will never make marmalade ~ but your tutorial was stunning. And it sounds like it was a rewarding day. I do think I'll try listening to an audio book while cooking, however (**

  20. There is something so charming about glass jars, hand written labels... Wonderful!

  21. My Mom would love this! Marmalade is her favorite.

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Hi Daphne - I was so interested in your great marmalade recipe. Growing up in England my mum often made it when the Sevilles came in - now my SIL makes it in France but unfortunately doesn't ship! Here in the US it's almost impossible to find Seville oranges I think, and the others are too sweet. I adore marmalade but only buy English brands or Bonne Maman (the latter being still a bit too sweet and rather runny). A nice jar of Keiller's Dundee is great though!

    Great pics and instructions, perhaps some day I'll try making my own!

    Nice to meet you - found you via Claudia today.


  23. I love that movie also. and I wish I had some of your marmalade!
    Smiles, Dottie

  24. Querida amiga estoy haciendo la mermelada de naranja se ve muy suave y deliciosa,hugs,hugs,buena Pascua.

  25. Daphne, THANK YOU for this tutorial. I don't know how I missed this post before, but I will be making this soon. It sounds soothing somehow and I love learning to make traditional foods. I wonder where I can find an unwaxed lemon??? I hope you had a wonderful time in India...I can't wait to hear all about it.

  26. I have never made this but always thought that I'd like to try someday...and your photos are FINE! :) The tutorial is great..I believe that I WILL try soon! :)

  27. Oh I want to come to breakfast at your house! That marmalade looks wonderful! Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party. Hope you get a chance to do the same!

  28. Is there anything better than homemade jellies and jams? You gave us such a detailed tutorial, making it so easy for me to make. I have homemade bread and am wishing I had it made already!

  29. I have never made Marmalade. I should try it shouldn't? I like your photos. It's really good to have you link up with us on Saturdays! I haven't forgotten about your beautiful pillow either. ;) See you tomorrow?


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