Whiskey Marmalade Jam

Chunky style whiskey marmalade

Mrs Beeton describes the kitchen in the following way:

"It must be remembered that it is the great laboratory of every household, and that much of the "weal or woe" as far as regards bodily health, depends upon the nature of the preparations concocted within its walls". 
I have been experimenting in my great laboratory . . . making whiskey marmalade jam. Now, I do not like marmalade jam . . . never have, never will.  However my DH and son love it . . . so this jam was made completely with love. 

It wasn't until I got home and looked at the fruit did I discover that these are from the USA and not local!
I used 4 large oranges and 2 medium lemons. All peeled and cut up (chunky style), placed in a large saucepan with 6 cups of water. Cooked for 1 hour until the peel was soft.

What gorgeous colours
After 1 hour, measure the fruit mixture, allowing 1 cup of sugar (1/2 dark brown & 1/2 white) per cup of fruit mixture.  Return fruit mixture, treacle (2 tablespoons) and sugar to the heat - stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil, uncovered, without stirring for about 40 minutes or until marmalade jells when tested. Mine took 50 mins. Stir in 2 tablespoons of whiskey (this can be omitted if you don't like the taste).

Looks amazing and even smelt quite nice - in fact the whole house smelt like jam!
Pour hot marmalade into hot sterilised jars; seal immediately. This recipe is from the Australian Women's Weekly Preserves cookbook, which I picked up from the newsagency (mine has a different cover).

Dear husband has just tried some and it has passed the test . . . he ate 4 teaspoons and said it was "very good".  He will keep four jars and our son will have one.  The flavour will improve over time.
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  1. Oh my goodness this looks scrumptious! I just adore jams and marmalades and am always on the lookout for new and interesting recipes. I will definitely have to try this one. Thank you for sharing.
    I'm enjoying my tour of your blog :)

  2. Thanks Helena - this was such an easy recipe, most of the time doing other things whilst it cooked.

  3. marmelade is SO delicious (not sure about the whiskey though!!!!)! Your marmelade looks great! :)

  4. Sounds awesome -- could you make me a batch? Does your DH like stewed quinces as well? He sounds like a man with excellent tastes.

  5. Nick, If only I could, I would. I love making jam and would love to share it around. I have never cooked quinces but would like to so I can make quince jelly.

  6. Oh Jo - I am dying for a taste of this!! It looks fabulous - I love the photos - I can almost smell it! Wonderful, wonderful post!!!


    I am going to try to make this!


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