Over Christmas we went to the cinema to see the film Paddington. I was a little hesitant as I can remember the TV series from years ago and the new version of Paddington didn't look quite right! I was however, quite wrong as the film had us captivated and we really enjoyed it, especially little Stanley who is now eager to visit a guard outside Buckingham Palace to share marmalade sandwiches with (they keep them in their busby hats didn't you know?)
So in preparation for our London visit we have been making marmalade as Paddington says "every family should have a marmalade making day." We have used a simple recipe adapted from the River Cottage Preserves Handbook.
2 x lemons
2lb demerara sugar
2.5 litres of water
(to make 6-7 jars)
1. Cut the fruit in half and juice the oranges, putting the juice into a preserving pan
2. Remove the pips and pith and put into a muslin and tie
3. Thinly slice the peel and add to the pan with the 2.5 litres of water, dangle the muslin bag in and leave overnight
4. The following day bring to the boil then simmer slowly until the juice has reduced by about one-third
5. Add the sugar and lemon juice, stirring until it's dissolved
6. Boil rapidly until setting point is reached (I use a jam thermometer for this) it will take about 20-25 minutes
7. Leave to cool a little and then pour into sterilised jars (I use a jam funnel for this)
8. Enjoy lavishly spread on toast or with bears who like it in sandwiches!