Low-sugar marmalade

Low-sugar marmalade

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Prep: 30 mins - 45 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes about 2.25kg/5lb
A healthy version of the classic breakfast preserve with an intense fruit flavour

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


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  • 900g Seville orange



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  • 600ml pure, unsweetened apple juice
  • 900g jam sugar (available in all large supermarkets)



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  1. Cut the oranges into thin slices. Remove the pips and tie them in a muslin bag. Place the orange slices in a preserving pan with the apple juice and the pips. Bring to the boil then simmer very gently for 30-40 minutes, or until the orange peel can be pierced easily with a fork. The mixture will be very thick, with little liquid.

  2. Add the jam sugar and stir over a low heat until it has completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. Bring to a good rolling boil then bubble for 4 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and skim any scum from the surface. (To dissolve any excess scum, drop a small knob of butter on to the surface, and gently stir.)

  3. Remove the muslin bag and leave the marmalade to stand in the pan for 15 minutes to cool a little, and to allow the peel to settle; pot in sterilised jars, seal and label.

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15th Mar, 2019
easy to make and loved the taste... used oranges and lemons
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John Maynard
1st Oct, 2018
I am diabetic and make this marmalade regularly. It makes an intense flavoured marmalade and does not send my blood sugar up unduly. The main enemy for diabetic is carbohydrate, to be found in bread, cake, pasta, potatoes etc., Used wisely, this marmalade is not a threat.
25th Mar, 2018
A lot of other real 'low sugar' recipes out there, I certainly won't be using this one!
25th Mar, 2018
This is certainly not a LOW SUGAR recipe and really shouldn't be labelled as such. It could be very dangerous to give this to a diabetic and tell them it's low sugar when it clearly isn't, it is actually high sugar! Duerr's traditional breakfast marmalade has 46g of sugar per 100g and this has a lot more than that!
20th Jan, 2017
This low sugar marmalade ticks all the boxes – It’s quick to make, has a lovely Seville orange flavour and is low sugar ideal for us diabetics. Contrary to some of the other reviews my calculations to work out the sugar (carbohydrate) content are as follows: 900g Seville Oranges (at 8.5g carbs/100g) = 76.5g carbs 900g Sugar = 900g carbs 600ml Apple Juice (at 10.3g carbs/100ml) = 62g carbs Giving a total of 1038.5g carbs for 2250g of finished product = 46g carbs / 100g product. This seems to compare favourably with shop bought reduced sugar varieties at about 44g carbs / 100g product. Most ordinary marmalade in the shops appears to be 60 - 67g carbs / 100g product, so considerably higher than this recipe.
2nd Feb, 2016
This is a HIGH sugar marmalade recipe surely, and should be labelled as such. Normal mamalade recipes match equal quantities of oranges with sugar, and the liquid used is water. As the liquid used in this recipe is apple juice - which is full of sugar - this recipe has a higher than average sugar content. Misleading indeed, and should be re-titled.
8th Dec, 2011
Not sure how this would rate as a healthy recipe. Sugar content is similar to normal shop bought is it not?
22nd Jun, 2010
easy to make added ginger went down very well
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