Did you know that January is the best time to make orange marmalade? Even better is slow cooker marmalade as we ate so many oranges over Christmas that we can’t look at another, hence my fruit bowl has a backlog of them.Not wanting to be wasteful I looked into making slow cooker orange marmalade last week and decided to give it a whirl this week, this Slow Cooker Orange and Brandy Marmalade is the result.It’s just a mix of fruit and sugar and Brandy.What could be more simpler? The result is a dark marmalade with a brandy hit and bitter-sweet orange undertones.I’ve made quite a bit, which gives me a head start on this year Christmas hampers for family this year.
- 3 large lemons, quartered
- 6 large oranges quartered
- 1 1/2 kg of caster sugar
- 1/4 pint of Brandy
- Take the quartered lemons and oranges and quarter them.In 3 batches use the grater attachment on a food processor to blitz the fruit up.
- Add all the blitzed fruit into the slow cooker and add the caster sugar.Give it a real good stir.
- Put the slow cooker on high for 6 hours, giving it a stir every 2 hours making sure get all the sugar off the bottom off the pot.It should be quite thick, and a very dark orangey brown colour.
- Switch off the slow cooker and take the pot out of the base.
- Place 8 small to medium sized clean jars in the oven on 150°c/Gas 2 for 20 minutes.
- Stir the Brandy into the marmalade.
- Take the jars carefully out of the oven using oven gloves and place them on a baking tray.
- Take a funnel and using a ladle decant the marmalade into the jars.I reused jars I’ve been keeping for preserves.Screw the tops on after half an or so once the jars have cooled down.The orange and Brandy marmalade sets on cooling.
- Keep stored in a dark cupboard and eat within 3 years, but I don’t think you’ll leave it that long.Once open, keep in the fridge and use within 6 months.
Breakfast’s are now full of sunshine with slow cooker orange marmalade why not give Slow Cooker Orange And Brandy Marmalade a go as there’s so many ways it can be enjoyed.Try it on Croissants, brioche or toast.But it doesn’t stop there, try it poured over tea bread, added to bread and butter pudding, citrus cake or spread it on with chocolate over puff pastry for tasty pastries.
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