Blood Orange Marmalade!

Rex gave me a big box of blood oranges from his dad’s orchard, so I just had to make this blood orange marmalade from Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream cookbook.  I modified the original recipe by increasing the amount of blood oranges called for.  More is always better, in my book anyway.

Blood Orange Marmalade!

Blood Orange Marmalade

  • 6 blood oranges (skin on), washed, cut into 1/8″-1/4″ thick slices, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar (yeah, it’s a lot, but you’re using the entire blood orange, skin and all!)

Place the oranges, lemon juice and zest, and water in a medium size nonreactive pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and maintain a simmer, stirring occasionally, until oranges are very soft, about 25-30 minutes.

Increase heat and return to a boil.  Add the sugar, stirring the mixture occasionally until it darkens in color or reaches a temperature of 223ºF.  It may look a little runny, do not be tempted to keep cooking it, or you will end up with a very thick marmalade.  I know, because my first two batches were very thick.  Very delicious, but very thick.

Let it come to room temperature before pouring the marmalade into a container.  The original recipe says you can store the marmalade in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.  Even though this makes quite a bit of marmalade, I can not fathom how on earth this wouldn’t be gone well before 6 months!

Thermapen

This is my new favorite tool.  It sure beats a regular candy thermometer, but if that’s what you got and you don’t have an extra cool hundred to throw down on an instant read thermometer, USE IT!  I just love my wonderful Thermaworks Thermapen because I can actually read the numbers on the digital screen.   I can also change it to read in Fahrenheit or Celsius.  Plus it’s cute.

Delicious Blood Orange Marmalade

I love these Weck jars.

Prepping the Blood Orange Marmalade Pizza

We like this marmalade on everything, especially pizza!  We added a little mozzarella, aged gouda and nice Italian cheese on top of the marmalade, and popped it into our wood fired pizza oven.

Blood Orange Marmalade Pizza

The blood orange marmalade pizza was delicious!  We’ve tried it with a little prosciutto and arugula as well.  It’s all good.

Rex, I’ve got some more blood orange marmalade for you!