24 April 2010

My First Marmalade

It may come as a surprise to you, but I don't really care for marmalade. Oh sure, it's nice and citrusy and is almost always a beautiful orange color, but the batch I tasted in Ireland years ago was so overwhelmingly bitter I had to wonder what they did wrong when they made it. After almost six years, I've finally figured it out. They didn't put rhubarb in it!

I came across this super simple recipe on All Recipes while perusing the many rhubarb recipes that are out there. It was rather fortuitous that I found it since I have a very special recipe coming up that is part of my first Daring Bakers' Challenge that also came from a small cookbook sent to me by a very special lady from leeds (thank you again, Anne). This rhubarb marmalade is sweet and a little tart but definitely not bitter.

I only made one minor change this time around, but I've already got high hopes for the next time, and there will be a next time. If you do get adventurous and decide to try to make it for yourself, definitely cut the sugar down by at least half of a cup. It's very sweet, which didn't bother me too much, but others might find it cloying. Enjoy!
Rhubarb Marmalade
Recipe from All Recipes, adapted by me
6 cups chopped fresh or frozen rhubarb
6 cups sugar
2 medium oranges
5 whole cloves
  1. Combine rhubarb and sugar in a large heavy saucepan. Grind oranges, including the peels, in a food processor; add to rhubarb mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring often until marmalade sheets from a spoon, about 1 hour.
  2. Pour into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes.


Tulsa Gentleman said...

Well, if you got it from Anne it has to be good. Looks yummy!

Sharon's Mum Anne said...

Nice to know you got such an interesting post from such a small book :-)

To quote my verification word - will there be a "sesquel"?

Sunshine said...

Bill - My rhubarb obsessed friend absolutely loved it and refused to share it with the friends he said he'd share it with.

Anne - This one didn't come from the cookbook, but I used it for one of the recipes that did. i shoudl be posting that on the 27th if I remember correctly.

PS~Erin said...

I can't believe you said I'm inspiring you over at my place when you're over here making marmalade and granola! So impressive!! I'm inspired!