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Seville Orange Sunshine Marmalade

There is no better way to brighten up the depths of winter than making Seville Orange Marmalade. Last year chef made some delicious marmalade at the hotel with our guests, helping to create happy holiday memories for adults and children alike.

This marmalade making season unfortunately we can’t be together at the hotel but thought you might like to have a go at home. Here is our Seville Orange Sunshine Marmalade recipe. Happy cooking!

Seville Orange Sunshine Marmalade Recipe

Preparation time: 1 hour. Cooking time: 2 ½ hours


1kg Seville Oranges

2 litres water

1 lemon

2kg sugar


Preserving pan or very large saucepan

Muslin bag or cloth 

String to tie the muslin

8x 370g glass jars with lids (sterilise by washing in warm soapy water, rinsing and leaving in a low oven for 30mins+)

8 waxed paper discs


1.  Wash and dry the oranges. Cut in half and squeeze the juice, saving the pips separately.

2.  Add the juice to 2 litres of water in a large saucepan.

3.  Squeeze the lemon juice and add to the pan, discarding its skin and pips.

4.  Scrape pith from orange skins and put with orange pips into muslin bag or cloth. Secure with string and add to the pan.

5.  Cut the orange peel into strips (fine or chunky depending on your preference).

6.  Add to the pan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 ½ to 2 hours until the peel is soft and the volume has reduced by about a half.

7.  Squeeze the muslin bag and remove.

8.  Add the sugar, stirring until dissolved.

9.  Bring to the boil and boil rapidly for 15 minutes.

10. Test to see if setting point is reached but putting a teaspoonful onto a saucer and after a minute push with your fingertip. If it wrinkles it’s ready. If not, boil for a further 5 minutes, test and repeat until it is ready.

11.  Leave to stand for 15-20minutes, then remove any scum from the top and pour gently into sterilised jars. Cover with waxed disc and lid.

12.  Store in a cool dark place and enjoy a little taste of sunshine throughout the year!

Bonus: a fun little family quiz

1. What country do Seville Oranges come from?

2. What famous bear likes marmalade?

3. How many grams in a kilogram?

4. Roughly, how many Seville Oranges do you get in 1kg?

5. Marmalade is called a preserve because it preserves the oranges for much longer than leaving them fresh, allowing us to eat them through the year. Can you name two other ways of preserving food?

6. Can you find 3 other preserved foods in your house?

7. Can you name the ingredient found in the pips and the pith of the orange that help the marmalade to set?

8. Which country is credited with moving marmalade to the breakfast table in the 19th Century?

Stuck for answers? We will be revealing the answers on our Facebook and Instagram pages shortly!