Seasonal Seville orange marmalade recipe a particular English passion, old-fashioned but still delicious.

Marmalade is, as we know, an acquired taste, and although not invented in this country, is a particularly English passion. Originally is was made by the Portuguese in the 13th century, from quinces and eaten as an aid to digestion; the name comes from the Portuguese word for quince ‘marmelo’. In the 16th century, with the arrival of sugar in England, citrus fruit began to be used, especially Seville oranges and it is these seasonal oranges from Spain which remain the favourite ingredient to this day.

One of the joys of making marmalade is the preparation; the careful washing and cutting of the peel rather than simply tipping fruit into a pan and the process appeals to men as well as women. Perhaps one of the most famous marmalade eaters is Paddington Bear, whose author, Michael Bond is the patron of the Worlds Original Marmalade Festival which takes place annually in the village of Dacre in the Lake District.

Ingredients
1.4kg/3lb Seville oranges
Juice of 2 Lemons
3.4ltr/6 pints water
2.7kg/6lb sugar

Makes 12-14 jars

Method
Wash and then half the oranges and squeeze out the juice. Collect the pulp, pips from the oranges and lemons in a piece of muslin and tie into a  bag.

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Slice the peel thinly, put the peel, fruit juices and water in a preserving pan and tie the muslin bag to the handle. Allow to stand for 24hours.

Gently boil the the mix until peel is soft and the liquid has reduced by half. Remove the muslin bag and squeeze to extract all remaining juice (improves pectin content).

Add warmed sugar approx 1lb to each pint of pulp and stir until dissolved. Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for about 15 mins or until the marmalade sets.

Allow to stand for about 15 mins then stir and pot into clean warm jars.
Sunday morning breakfast, papers, a pot of fresh coffee, thick slices of hot buttered toast and home-made Seville orange marmalade heaven!

Method can be used with any combination of citrus fruit’s.

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