Sunday, June 19, 2011

MMM..More Marmalade and jam

The jam cupboard has been looking a bit empty recently so thought I had better do some restocking. With lots of frozen berries from summer in the freezer and citrus ripening in the orchard, jam and marmalade was on the agenda.
The loganberry jam went on the stove first while I chopped and peeled my way through various citrus fruit. I am still experimenting with marmalade with several recipes all with different methods of preparing the fruit. In the end I did a bit of everything, sliced, zested, juiced, strained out the pulp, guessed how much sugar and water to add by using two differing proportions from recipes. In the end I think I ended up with 1kg of fruit slices and juice, 1kg of sugar and 1 litre of water. I used lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangelo in the mix so am calling it 4 Fruit Marmalade (one up on last years 3 fruit version). It turned out a beautiful colour and having just had some on a slice of sourdough toast for breakfast, I can vouch it has a beautiful flavour as well. And not ever having been a great fan of marmalade, that is saying something!
When I was driving back from Hobart a few weeks ago, I called into the town of Oatlands where they make delicious sourdough bread from flour milled at the restored Oatlands mill. The bread shop also sells reed banettons imported from Germany, to rise your sourdough bread in before you tip it onto a heated stone in the oven. So I tested it out on this weekend and was quite pleased with the result.

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