Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe
This Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe will become a staple in your kitchen. Sweet and tart, spiked with vanilla, it’s perfect on toast, pancakes or stirred into a savory sauce.
I’m a jam fan….really…I am. I always loved spreading jelly and jam in a thick, clumpy layer on a slice of bread before sandwiching together with an equally generously peanut buttered slice…making the messiest, tastiest PB&J sandwich ever. When I was little, I always thought I was a culinary adventurous when I broke out the strawberry and raspberry jam. I mean, really…didn’t everyone reach for the Concord grape? I was a rebel living on the edge.
Until one time…..I saw a jar of bright and sunny Orange Marmalade. I was curious and excited. I couldn’t wait to dip my trowel into that jar and once I did….holy cow, why were there orange rinds in there!?!?? I was seriously horrified and didn’t even bother trying it. I mean, who in their right mind would eat something that was swimming with the part of the orange that I throw in the trash.
Fast forward about 15 years (yeah, it took a little while to shake that one off) and I encountered a little coffee shop near my office that had the most fabulous scones. They were served with a variety of homemade jams and spreads, like this Strawberry Jam. Then I saw it….the gorgeous glow of the Orange Marmalade. It smelled fabulous…with a hint of vanilla that kinda reminded me of an orange creamsicle. So, I dove in and spread a healthy helping of the marmalade on my cinnamon scone. And then I hated my younger self for not trying this fantastic creation years ago. I had missed out on the gloriousness of orange marmalade.
This Easy Orange Marmalade recipe is so simple to make. You’ll need some time to hang out a bit so you can stir occasionally….and it takes a bit of time to thicken up to a jam consistency, but your patience will be rewarded. Try to use a sweet orange like my favorite Honeybells or a super juicy Cara Cara. And don’t skip the vanilla, it adds a creamy note that is absolutely amazing making it stand out from the usual marmalades I’ve tried. It’s fantastic spread on pancakes or a slice of homemade bread.
And if you’re feeling adventurous….and can get your hands on some figs, definitely give this Fig Jam a try. It’s equally amazing!
Easy Orange Marmalade Recipe
- 1 pound oranges (about 4 medium)
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
- Slice the oranges thinly, approximately 1/8 inch thick, picking out the seeds as you go. A mandolin makes this process move quickly.
- Place the orange sliced in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir in the water, sugar and vanilla.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn the heat to low.
- Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has darkened in color and thickened to a jammy consistency. The process will take approximately 35-40 minutes and the temperature will read 222-223 F on a candy thermometer.
- Carefully transfer the marmalade to canning jars and seal with the lid.
- Marmalade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days in an airtight container.