Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade

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Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade, made with a handful of oranges, a twist of lemon, not much sugar and delicately scented orange blossom water. 

Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade
Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade

What Is Marmalade?

Marmalade is simply a kiss of sunshine, spread onto whatever you want it on or in! 

The most popular marmalade is made from the juice and peels of oranges, boiled in a little sugar. Once it thickens and caramelizes, it gets cooled to thicken into a jam-like spread. 

Orange marmalade isn’t the only marmalade though. Homemade marmalade gives us the options to make it from any or all citrus fruits. 

What Is Orange Blossom?

When making marmalade, the sweet juice of the fruit makes for the liquid that will thicken when boiled with sugar. 

Orange blossom water is a delicate flavor additive made from distilling the flower petals from orange trees. 

It smells and tastes of the clean brightness of orange groves when the trees are in bloom with orange blossoms. 

The after taste is likened to the slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste of an orange peel, with its zesty orange oils. 

Orange Blossom Water
Orange Blossom Water

Since my heritage in Mediterranean, I tend to use orange blossom in a variety of my recipes:

Orange Blossom Marmalade

Store bought marmalade is made from oranges (or other citrus), lots of sugar and water. 

I find most brands to be heavily ladened with sugar and only a light flavor of citrus. 

Adding a splash of orange blossom to the marmalade as it is almost finished simmering, immediately brightens the flavor and smell. 

I can think of no other flavor added to marmalade that compliments, and wouldn’t detract from the fruit flavor itself. 

Nothing enhances the flavor of citrus better than to use a splash of essence derived from the fruit’s blossoms itself!

I prefer to use as little sugar as I can get away with, though you do need some in order to form a jam-like syrup in the marmalade. 

Citrus We All Love
Citrus We All Love!

Why Make Homemade Marmalade?

Before 2020 I probably would never have given much attention to making my own marmalade. 

My British hubby is the one who devours jars of orange marmalade on his morning toast, monthly. 

But then, after purchasing and shipping changed, worldwide, it became increasingly more difficult to buy a quality marmalade. 

So, I tried my hand at making it myself, and my goodness does it taste so much richer than store-bought. 

Add Other Citrus For Deeper Flavor
Add Other Citrus For Deeper Flavor

Uses For Orange Marmalade

Besides my hubby’s morning toast, I have experimented with so many other uses for this refreshing marmalade. 

Can you believe how scrumptious a homemade Cranberry and Orange Sorbet is, using this homemade orange blossom marmalade?

After the heavy meals we tend to eat in the colder months, this sorbet is bright in flavor, refreshing and yet still the flavors we craze during the holiday seasons. 

And yes, I just had to create 2 cakes, one is Flourless Almond Orange Cake and the other is Coconut and Citrus Cake made with orange blossom marmalade, and it is now my favorite citrus cake of all times!

Refreshing Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade
Refreshing Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade

How To Make Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade

Since all of the citrus is being used, we will basically just chop them into tiny pieces, taking care to get all the juices into the pan. 

The remaining ingredients gets simmered into the citrus until it deepens in color and thickens. The orange blossom is added at the end, so as not to cook out its delicate flavor. 

Last, it is transferred into glass jars and stored in the fridge, or frozen, if you made a huge batch. 

During the holiday months I tend to buy lots of clementines and oranges so this orange marmalade was a great way to repurpose them. 

Equipment Needed

  • Saucepan
  • Chopping knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass storage jars with lids
  • Stovetop
Oranges Sliced
Oranges Sliced

Ingredients Needed

  • Oranges
  • Lemon
  • Sugar
  • Orange blossom water
  • Water

Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade

Recipe by Robin DaumitCourse: Sauces DressingCuisine: FusionDifficulty: Easy
Servings

16

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Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade, made with a handful of oranges, a twist of lemon, not much sugar and delicately scented orange blossom water. 

Ingredients

  • Oranges – 2 cups, chopped whole oranges

  • Lemon – 1/4, chopped

  • Sugar – 1/2 cup

  • Orange blossom water – 1 tsp, or to taste

  • Water – 1/4 cup

Directions

  • Wash the oranges and lemon. Peel the oranges and cut the peels into very thin strips. Do the same with the lemon. Rough chop the pulp from both oranges and lemon slice and put into a sauce pan, along with the peels, taking care not to lose any of the juices.
  • Add the sugar and water and bring to a boil. Lower and simmer until the mixture begins to look thick and deeper in color, almost caramelized.
  • Add the orange blossom water and simmer for another minute. Turn off and cool enough to transfer to glass jars with a lid. Cool completely and store in the fridge.

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Will keep up to a month in the fridge or can be frozen for several months. 
Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade
Homemade Orange Blossom Marmalade
 

My Muffin Madness

 

In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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