Seville Orange Marmalade

Did you know that oranges are in season at this time of year? Seems a bit backwards (especially considering the weather in the UK right now) that these amazing citrus fruits are at their prime in the coldest part of the year... but I guess that's the way of the world, isn't it?

Every year, or at least for the last few years my lovely mum has made Seville orange marmalade in January - orange season. She always makes the most wonderfully thick and bitter marmalade that not living at home and having access to it all the time has become a bit of a void in my life. Saying that, I don't actually eat toast that often but I do love marmalade, always have and always will. 

But the shop-bought stuff just doesn't really cut the mustard when you've had homemade, and I can't go home every time I want my marmalade fix (starting to sound like an obsession, it's not, I just really like it) so this year I decided to make my own.

I used this recipe from the BBC Good Food website, and to be honest, it couldn't have been easier. It was time consuming, yes, but in the first part where you let the whole oranges simmer for two hours I was able to potter around doing other things... making these in fact. Sunday was a very creative day.

Plus another upside to making your own is that I know E X A C T L Y what is in the jar, just four simple ingredients, water, juice of two lemons, oranges and sugar - albeit a monstrous amount of it.

I'm really pleased with how the marmalade turned out, and for a first try of an orange marmalade, I don't think I did too badly. It's got a good consistency, not too runny and definitely not too thick. The only thing I'd change is the amount of orange peel... more please. Lots more. But that's my own fault as I was lazy and couldn't be bothered to chop the rest of the peel; only about half of it went in. Still, you live and you learn eh?

It's now safe to say I probably have enough marmalade to last me until next January, but I am NOT complaining.

Have you ever tried making marmalade?

FACT: I nearly set off the fire alarm in our flat by toasting bread on the griddle pan. Still, it looks good.