Author Jean Morrison
Lemon And Passion Fruit Marmalade
This recipe is somewhere between a jam and marmalade.
As far as I'm concerned there is never any need to buy commercial marmalade. Very few ingredients go into making marmalade. As long as you stir the saucepan the recipe is virtually fail safe.
10 minutes, excludes standing time
Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Quantity: Makes 3 - 4 jars
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700 gm thin skinned lemons (about 3 lemons)
1 litre boiling water
340 gm tin passion fruit pulp in syrup
500 gm peeled, cored and diced apples
600 gm sugar
Halve the lemons lengthwise and slice very thinly. Aim to have slices 2 mm wide or less. As you slice you need to remove all the seeds. Place the lemon slices in a large heat proof bowl and pour over the boiling water. Stand for 6 hours.
Pour contents of bowl plus the passion fruit and apples into a large saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes without the lid on the pan.
Add the sugar and gently bring back to the boil, stirring as the sugar dissolves. Again, don't place the lid on the pot. Remove any scum if it appears on the surface of the marmalade. Boil for 20 - 25 minutes, carefully and occasionally stirring.
Place a teaspoonful of the hot marmalade on a cold saucer. Pop the saucer in the fridge for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes tip the saucer to one side. If the marmalade wrinkles on the surface then it is ready for bottling. If it doesn't wrinkle then boil for a few minutes longer and try again.
Carefully pour into hot jars. Seal whilst hot.
Coles sell a 340 gm tin of passion fruit. Always be careful stirring hot jam. It is exceedingly hot and will spatter you and burn.
Lemons originated in China. The Chinese emperors used to like lemonade. 1 medium lemon has 18 calories. Lemons contain phosphorous, potassium, calcium, beta carotene and fibre. The pectin in lemons has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels. With a spoonful of honey added a hot lemon drink is soothing to those who have colds and sore throats.
A medium apple has about 80 calories. 25% of an apple's volume is air - that is why they float. Apples cleanse and purify the blood and the liver. They are a good source of vitamin C and fibre. Remember your Gran's old saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Well it's pretty good advice. Remember to eat the skin if you want to maximize the fibre. Eating an apple decreases the chances of tooth cavities by cleaning the teeth and massaging the gums.
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