Standing in front of the fridge in despair, prodding a very runny jelly? Running out of time for your jelly pudding to set and wonder what to do?
Yes, I know, I've been there too...
With party guest arriving any minute and you worry whether the jelly dessert will set in time, it should be served.
So, how long does jelly take to set?
I'm sorry to be the bearer of a bad news, but most jellies take at least 2-4 hrs to set in fridge (which is set to about 5C). But some large jellies (say if you use one of those lovely oldfashioned jelly moulds) might take even longer. If you have the time, just make the jelly the day before you needed and it will always set fine.
The best thing about 'all in one' recipes is that they are fault - prove. You would really need to try hard to get this type of cake wrong! It's handy that you only need just one bowl for mixing, and there is no need to faff around with mixer or other specialist baking equipment. All you need to do is to gradually add all the ingredients, mix it well as you go, stick it in a tin and bake!
My marmalade fruit cake is precisely this kind of simple recipe. It's also delicious and moist cake with just the right amount of fruit in it.
The best thing about making your own marmalade is that you can use it for other baking recipes and the flavour is going to be so much better than a basic supermarket marmalade.
This simple brownie recipe is delicious with very chunky bitter seville orange marmalade, but you can easily use any other type. And you know what? I'm not going to judge you if you use a shop bought one either!
Marmalade Brownie Recipe
200g dark chocolate
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
3 table spoons of seville orange marmalade
icing sugar to decorate
33x23x5cm baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
Makes about 12 portions
Here is what to do:
1. Preheat your oven to 170C (325F) Gas 3.
2. Break your chocolate into small pieces and place it with butter in a heatproof bowl melt it slowly in microwave, 20 seconds at a time and stiring until completely melted.
3. Add the sugar stirring well until incorporated.
4. Add the flour and stir well.
5. Stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.
6. Add the marmalade and stir the mixture carefully.
7.Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre.
8. Leave to cool in the tin on a wire rack, before dusting with icing sugar to decorate.
I love that once one festive season finishes another one starts! There is something comforting about spending an afternoon making marmalade, whilst it's cold and rainy (mostly!) outside. I love deciding on my marmalade flavour, experiment with different types of fruit and finally baking my own bread and butter to taste the marmalade when it's finished. A total bliss! Every year I find myself putting in my diary 'marmalade making' dates to make sure I don't miss the short Seville orange season. I always buy more than I need and freeze some oranges for later.
I can never resist the smell of freshly baked bread, thickly buttered and topped with marmalade. While January and February are the best months to make a proper Seville Orange Marmalade, for the rest of the year, we have to use other citrus fruits. Rather than seeing it as a disadvantage, I think it's great to experiment with different flavours and make marmalade from other fruits.
Today, I wanted to share with you my favourite recipe for tangerine marmalade. Tangerines are available throughout the whole year; they are usually much cheaper than Seville Oranges and marmalade making is much quicker, because their skin is much finer than oranges one.
Over the years I've made a lot of marmalade batches, to just about call myself an expert. But, expert or not, I still get days, when batch of marmalade just doesn't want to set or the flavour is not quite right. I know that marmalade making can be really puzzling, so here is a list of frequently asked questions:
What fruit can I use for marmalade making?
Any citrus fruit can be used - Seville Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Sweet oranges, Tangerines or Satsumas.
When can I buy seville oranges?
Here in the UK, seville oranges is very short. You can only buy seville oranges in January/February, when they are available in large supermarkets or your local fruit stall. It's worth buying few extra ones and freeze them or make several batches.
500g of seville oranges will make about 5 smaller jam jars, so if you buy few kilos, you have supply for most of the year!
Did you see box office smash Paddington Bear II at the cinema recently, either on your own or with your children? If you did, chances are that you were also reminded of Paddington’s predilection for – yes, marmalade, in sandwiches, no less. While Paddington may eat marmalade at every opportunity, most of us have it for breakfast, usually on toast. So, is marmalade good for you and what exactly are its health benefits?
If you are already baking your own bread, then the next best thing is to have a homemade marmalade to go with it.
This is my favourite recipe for grapefruit marmalade that is relatively quick to make and you can be a bit slap dash when making it. This is all in one method of making marmalade from any citrus fruits. No need to spend 3 hrs shredding your grapefruit peel, but the result is as good as the traditional way of making marmalade. In this grapefruit marmalade recipe I've used grapefruit, but you can use any citrus fruit here or a mixture of different types. Grapefruit, Seville oranges (even sweet oranges are fine if you mix them with lemons or limes), tangerines, limes or lemons.