Whoa! This is the easiest jam recipe I’ve ever seen! My friend Desma wanted orange marmalade to glaze her Christmas ham, and she tried this recipe. Handed down to her by a friend.
Aren’t they the best? Those family secret recipes that somehow escape recipe books and sites, and just get handed down the generations?
I wanted to do a television series based on just that, and the way that for refugees, who so often arrive on strange shores with nothing, their food remains the last thing standing. ABC isn’t listening, unfortunately! But one day…..
So here is Desma’s recipe, and you honestly won’t believe just how easy it is.
DESMA’S ORANGE MARMALADE
6 large fresh oranges, preferably organic or home grown (you’ll see why in the method)
1 kilo raw sugar
Cut the oranges into big pieces, and throw the lot into a food processor. Desma insists you use everything – the pith, the skin, the seeds – I mean everything! This is marmalade after all, and you want that wonderful tart back taste.
Once it is all finely chopped, tip the orange pulp into a large, heavy (preferably non-stick) saucepan. Add the sugar, and boil for around 20 minutes, stirring regularly.
And that’s it! When has jam been so easy??? This makes 4 large jars, so just make sure you have them ready, clean and sterilized.
So how is that? Easy peasy marmalade! If you try it, let us know, and if you love the recipe, do share the love!