Sunshine for breakfast

Over the last year I have been asked a lot if I make marmalade. My answer until a couple of weeks ago had always been no. I had heard so many stories of serious failures, trials of straining the ingredients through a muslin and got the idea that it was really far more effort than it was worth. 

However, I am also the sort of person who secretly likes to have a go at something that is seemingly difficult or challenging so with my new year creativity and confidence flowing I thought I'd give it a go. I researched lots of different recipes and finally settled for the one that produced the jars you see here, albeit with a few of my wee tweaks.

Marmalade certainly takes a lot longer to make than even my most time-consuming jam recipe (Apple & Ginger) but I have been so pleased with the results. It has a great balance of tartness and sweetness and really gives a great hit of sunshine from the hand-squeezed and cut Seville oranges. 

I have added this to my repertoire of preserves although I will probably always stock much more limited volumes of it compared to some of my jam flavours. If you fancy something fresh to jazz-up your breakfast then look out for the jar with the pale orange ribbon. 

The Woman Next Door's hand-cut Seville orange marmalade. 

The Woman Next Door's hand-cut Seville orange marmalade. 

Seville oranges. 

Seville oranges. 

Hand-cut Seville oranges soaking overnight in water with the pith & pips. 

Hand-cut Seville oranges soaking overnight in water with the pith & pips. 

Boiling the rind with the pith & pips. 

Boiling the rind with the pith & pips. 

Marmalade all jarred & ready for sale. 

Marmalade all jarred & ready for sale.