Friday, May 11, 2018

Ricardo's Lemon Marmalade

This morning, as I was making biscuits, I was lamenting the fact that I was out of marmalade. Then I remembered a recipe that I had seen in the spring issue of Ricardo magazine. I’d saved it because it looked so easy, and, honestly, almost too good to be true. But, as I always do, I had lemons on hand, so I pulled them out, scrubbed them up, and followed the easy directions. In less than an hour I was rewarded with an absolutely delicious topping for my equally delicious homemade biscuits. It took me less time to make this marmalade than it would have to get dressed and drive to the market to buy some. If you’ve never made any type of marmalade before, this is the easiest, most fool-proof recipe ever. I’ve made a good bit of it in my day, finding most of it a two-day process. Anything that takes me less than an hour is my new favorite. Here is a tutorial, followed by a printable recipe. I hope you love it as much as I do. Thank you Ricardo!

Ricardo's Lemon Marmalade

Melissa's Meyer Lemons
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water

Place lemons into a medium/large sauce pan, cover with water (They float!), place over high heat and bring to a boil. When boiling occurs, reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes until lemons are tender.*

Drain the lemons, run under cool water, and allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes to make them easier to handle.

On a work surface, cut the lemons in half. Remove and discard any seeds, then finely chop the flesh and peel. Place
lemon into the saucepan along with sugar and water.

Cook over medium heat until the temperature on a
candy thermometer reads 223°F, about 20 minutes (mine only took 17). Transfer to prepared jars and either sterilize the jars (if you plan to store them) or place into the fridge where it will keep for a month, if need be.

*As you can see from the picture above, one of my lemons collapsed a bit. I probably cooked them too long because I went the full 30 minutes. You may want to watch yours more closely than I did.

If you prefer a more complicated marmalade with a sophisticated taste, I recommend this Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean Marmalade.

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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

That looks so good and I wish I had some right now. I don't know if you knew or not but have been in the hospital for congestive heart failure, COPD, asthma and pneumonia. Was a terrible experience - couldn't breath, but I am slowly on the road to recovery and those biscuits and lemon marmalade sure looks divine. Will have to make some when I can be up and about.

Take care and have a wonderful Spring weekend,


Rustown Mom said...

Are you kidding me?! That looks right up my alley and I am printing the recipe as we speak! The Marmalade Chicken Salad was so good by the way - we ate every bite! I'm thinking I could make it with lemon as well!

Linda said...

I've never been a marmalade fan. My Daddy loved orange marmalade, and as a teen I tried a bite of his once and disliked it, I think because the rinds weren't tender. Sad, isn't it. Yours makes ma actually want to try it again. The fact you cooked it till tender and diced up the pieces makes it very appealing. Plus, I love anything lemon!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I am a marmalade fan, but it is a bit of an acquired taste. Orange marmalade has a certain amount of bitterness to it from the peel of the Seville oranges. Personally, if I had to choose between the two, I would choose lemon every time, particularly when Meyer lemons are used. Even if you don’t like marmalade, I think that you would like this. Plus, it is so easy, why not give it a try?

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judee said...

This recipe is a keeper- I always have a lot of lemons and look for things to do with them. My husband would love fresh marmalade.

Zaa said...

OMG ... Can 't wait to make this one when I return home.... Hugs

Sandra Lee said...

As much as I love to spend time in the kitchen, I am always down for a quick and easy recipe. I also have some self-rising flour that needs to be used quickly and I want to make biscuits. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story and we hope you will join us again next week. said...

Thank you so much for sharing your unbelievably easy and delicious recipe. I really love it! I had never eaten lemon marmalade, nor even seen it in any of the stores. I actually first saw it on an episode of "Columbo" :). I used regular lemons (no Meyers available), and doubled the recipe. I made mine sugarfree with 1 cup erythritol/monk fruit sweetener. I doubled the water and added 1/2 t. glucomannan as a thickener. It is delicious. Thank you again.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I’m so glad that you liked it! Thank you for letting me know. Thanks also for the reminder to make more. I have been out for some time now.