Easy marmalade ice cream

Before you say “ugh” to yourself (or out loud) think about this recipe. If you don’t like marmalade but like oranges then STOP and read this or better still make it!
I happen to make a killer marmalade as we have 7 Seville orange trees in our garden that bear tons of fruit. My marmalade, however, is not the clear orange type with fine-cut peel, it’s a dark amber color that I allow to boil down until almost at burning point with a very coarse peel. It is divine and I have many friends asking me for it.
Turning it into ice cream is absolutely wonderful and you will be hooked.

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1 1/4 cups marmalade (Store bought is also good if you don’t make your own)
1/2 tsp good vanilla extract
2 tbsp orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Cointreau
1 cup half and half
1 cup heavy cream

In a large mixing bowl combine the marmalade, vanilla and liqueur.
Stir in the half and half and cream.
Freeze in your ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
When finished, the ice cream will be very soft but ready to eat. Although the ice cream will not freeze hard, you can transfer it to a freezer-safe container and freeze to firm up a little more.

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Semolina, coconut and marmalade cake

This is such a simple, moist and flavorsome cake from the recipe book called “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi. Semolina cakes soaked in syrup are all over the Middle East. They stay moist, with a light texture and are so easy. This cake keeps for 5 days if wrapped carefully to keep the air from it.

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3/4 cup sunflower oil
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup orange marmalade (fine-cut or without peel)
4 large organic eggs
grated zest of 1 orange
1/3 cup superfine sugar (caster sugar)
3/4 cup shredded dried coconut
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp semolina
2 tbsp ground almonds
2 tsp baking powder
Thick Greek yoghurt flavored with 1 or 2 drops of orange blossom water to serve

Soaking syrup
1 cup superfine sugar (caster sugar)
1/2 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp water
1 tbsp orange blossom water

Preheat the oven to 350 F
Whisk together the oil, orange juice, marmalade,eggs and orange zest until the marmalade dissolves.
In a separate bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients and add to the wet ingredients. Mix until really well combined.
The mixture should be runny.
Grease and line with baking parchment or waxed paper  2 x 1lb loaf tins (about 8 1/2″ by 4 1/2″)
Divide the filling evenly between them. Bake for 45 to 60 mins until a skewer inserted into them comes out clean and the top is an orangey brown.
Near the end of the baking time,place the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
As soon as the cake comes out of the oven, start brushing them with the hot syrup with a pastry brush; you will need to do this in a few goes, allowing the syrup to sink down into the cakes before continuing. Use up all the syrup so it is absorbed into the cakes.
Once the cakes have cooled a little, remove them from the pans and leave them to cool completely.
Serve with the flavored yoghurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sticky marmalade chicken breast

We are marmalade addicts, so this is right up our street, especially on a busy day when there’s not much time to spare preparing dinner. Very low fat too.

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4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 pint (8 fl oz) chicken stock
4 heaped tbsp fine (or coarse) cut marmalade
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Season the chicken breasts well with pepper and salt.
Fry the chicken in the oil for 8 to 10 mins turning once until golden on each side.
Add the chicken stock, marmalade and thyme and simmer for 5 to 10 mins.
Remove the chicken and boil the sauce hard to reduce to a syrupy sauce, then pour over the chicken and serve.

* Boiled rice is a lovely catch-all for the sauce too.

One-bowl golden raisin (sultana) cake

 

Another one-bowl gem and this is packed with golden raisins, or, as they say in New Zealand, sultanas. This is terrific with a cup of tea, midday, and it lasts for 2 weeks!

4 1/2 oz melted butter
1 1/2 lbs golden raisins
3/4 cup plain flour
2 tbsp marmalade
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup sweet sherry

Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Grease a cake tin or loaf tin, line the base with parchment paper.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, beat with a wooden spoon until the ingredients are combined well.
Spread  into the prepared tin. ( You can decorate the top with blanched almonds if you like.)
Bake in the oven for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Remove from the oven when firm to the touch and a skewer comes out clean when pushed into the cake.
Cover with foil and leave to cool in the tin.

Glazed orange-hoisin chicken

This is one of our family favorites. It’s also very popular with children because of the sweetness and stickiness the orange marmalade creates, but the hoisin and fresh ginger give it a sophistication.

It’s great straight out of the oven, at room temp and even cold the next day. Terrific for picnics too.

Serves 4

Marinade

3 tbsp hoisin sauce (Available in the Asian food aisles)
1 tsp chile paste with garlic (If you can only get chile paste, that’s fine too, but add a couple of cloves of minced garlic)
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dark or toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1/3 cup Dundee-orange marmalade

3 to 4lbs chicken quarters

Garnish
2 tbsp finely chopped scallions
orange slices

1/ Combine all the marinade ingredients except for the marmalade in a large bowl. Add the marmalade and whisk the marinade well. Taste for seasoning.

2/ Add the chicken quarters to the marinade and coat all the pieces evenly. Cover and marinade the chicken for 30 minutes to 2 hours in the refrigerator, turning the pieces once or twice.

3/ Preheat the oven to 425F. Place the chicken quarters skin side up in a large shallow roasting pan and roast for 50 to 55 minutes or until the chicken is golden brown. Baste with the juices once or twice while it is roasting.

4/ To serve, remove the chicken from the pan and degrease the drippings. Arrange the chicken on a large serving platter, spoon some sauce over it, and garnish with scallions and orange slices.
Serve immediately.

Advance preparation

This recipe can be made 1 day ahead, refrigerated and served chilled or prepare it up to 2 hours ahead through step 2 and refrigerate.

 

Glazed orange-hoisin chicken

Thanks to Diane Rossen Worthington for this recipe.     Serves 4
It is so tasty and unusual with the fresh ginger giving it that unique flavor.
It is superb straight out of the oven and also great chilled and served for lunch.

Recommended wine –  Zinfandel,Syrah or Pinto Noir 



Marinade
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp chile paste with garlic
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp dark sesame oil (the toasted one)
2 tbsps Dundee marmalade, if you can get it.
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger

4lbs of chicken pieces, like thighs, drumsticks, breast…. I also use whole legs, including thighs.

Garnish
2 tbsp finely chopped scallions
orange slices

1/ Combine all the marinade ingredients except the marmalade in a large non-aluminum bowl. Add the marmalade and whisk the marinade well. Taste for seasoning.

2/ Add the chicken quarters or pieces to the marinade and coat all the pieces evenly. Cover and marinate the chicken for 30 mins to 2 hours in the fridge, turning it once or twice.

3/ Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place the chicken pieces skin side up in a large shallow roasting pan and roast for about 50 -55 mins or until the chicken is golden brown. Baste it with the juices once or twice while it is roasting.

4/ To serve, remove the chicken from the pan and degrease the drippings. Arrange the chicken on a large serving platter, spoon some sauce over it and garnish with scallions and orange slices. Serve immediately if you are eating that day.

* Advance preparation- Can be prepared 1 day ahead and served chilled. Or prepare it 2 hours ahead through Step 2 and refrigerate