Sunday, February 28, 2010

Michelle's Marmalade

Large nectarines, oranges and lemons were in my fridge they smelt amazingly fragrant and with cravings for something sweet i decided to make marmalade. My recipe is so quick and easy. It can be doubled or tripled depending on how much you want to make.

Michelle's Marmalade
Makes 2 x 400g jars
1 nectarine or peach
1 orange
2 lemons
2 cups sugar
1. Wash fruit and cut in half or quarters, remove seeds and discard, then thinly slice citrus and roughly chop nectarine flesh (discard stone).
2. Place all fruit into a large saucepan with 1 litre water and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 30 minutes until fruit is soft. Add sugar and stir well. Brush sides of saucepan with a wet pastry brush to remove any excess sugar or fruit. Place a small heat proof plate in freezer. Bring fruit and sugar mixture to boil, then reduce to a simmer and continue to cook until it turns a dark amber colour and mixture should be thick and sticky taking about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Remove plate from freezer and spoon a tablespoonful marmalade onto cold plate, wait a minute then using spoon push marmalade on plate and it should be set, if runny continue to cook until ready, checking if set regularly.
4. Once ready remove from heat and spoon hot marmalade in two clean jars and top with lids. Turn jam jars upside down once then back again just to heat lid. Allow to cool.

Now, immediately after i had made this marmalade i toasted a slice organic rye sourdough and spread with butter and topped with spoonfuls of marmalade - it was a instant fix to my sweet cravings and it tasted absolutely delicious.

The next day i had a naturopath session with Emma and took her a jar of my marmalade. We mentioned that she only had a couple of days to go on her detox and what a yummy treat to give herself would be to spoon a few tablespoons marmalade in 1 cup softened vanilla ice cream mixing well and refreeze. Spoon into chilled glasses and eat immediately - it's amazing!

Eat Marmalade within 5-7 days. Store in Fridge.

Words and Picture By Michelle Thrift Copyright 2010

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