Sunday, March 18, 2012

Intriguing Kumquat Marmalade with a hint of Ginger

Every day has a new beginning !

I simply love learning new recipes from different regions and cultures from across the world. I learnt cooking from the scratch, umpteen dishes and desserts from all of YOU.  Awesome cooks, indeed.

 Recently, I experimented making some marmalade with kumquats. I have always been fascinated by Kumquats, the lovely plant with its lush green leaves and bright tiny Kumquat fruit.

 Last weekend I was lucky to have found much awaited wintery/spring fruit-fresh kumquats at the local Trader Joe's

After capturing plenty of shots of these beauties, I threw a couple of these in my bowl of salad.It was a blend of sweet and tangy. Then I thought of making Kumquat salsa to enjoy it with crackers but eventually made a marmalade so that it lasts  longer :) 

My wish to make these stay at my house still persists, so with utmost care I took out the seeds, washed and dried and sowed a few in my little Pots. Now keeping my fingers crossed and really wish that seeds germinate real fast ....!!!!!!!

Little Gems are Gorgeous !!!!

Beauty at its Best !

3 Step Process - Cut in Half horizontally, de-seed, thinly slice


Kumquats: 1 Cup (finely chopped & de-seeded)

Orange: 1 (peeled, de-seeded)

Sugar: 1 Cup

Lemon Juice: 1/2 tsp

Ginger: a dash (squeezed to juice 1/2 tsp)

Wash and thinly slice the kumquats. 
Peel one orange, deseed and add to the bowl of kumquats.
Add powdered sugar and let it sit for at least 4-5 of hours (preferably overnight). 
Now take this mix in a pan & start simmering over low heat for 10-15 mins.
Bring the mix to boil, & keep it boiling for 5 mins
Now, lower the heat again, keep at low heat for 20-25 minutes till you get a jelly kind of consistency (natural pectin in the fruit will start oozing out & gelling at this stage).
Squeeze in lemon juice and add a dash of ginger juice. 
Simmer for at least 5 mins more.
Skim of the foam if any, remove from heat & keep ready to unload into a glass jar.
Now fill the marmalade into your glass jars. 
Let the jars cool down to room temperature before putting on the lid.
Seal the jar & refrigerate. 
If you can sterilize the jars ahead, with hot air - it will keep longer.

Kumquat Marmalade

Enjoy a generous spread as the marmalade is rich in antioxidants (Vitamin A,C,E) essential oils and fibre.

Enjoy, Enjoy n Enjoy !

We have been loving our kumquat marmalade on our toast every morning since last week.

I like biting into a spoonful every now & then - it's tangy, sweet & Yumm !!!!

Hope you will like the kumquat marmalade and shall give it a shot.

As always, Thank you so much for being here!
Love, Sonia

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Krithi's Kitchen said...

Adorable pics!!
Serve It - Stir Fried

Sonia said...

THanks Krithi :)!!!!!!!!!!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet said...

Sonia, This is beyond beautiful! I've always been fascinated about kumquats too. And seen your lovely pics and those cute kumquats... Makes me drool :)

Hugs <3

Kitchen Belleicious said...

do you know we have a huge kumquat tree in our yard and I never know what to do with them all0 until now! I will make this! It looks fantastic!

maha said...

Great cliks and lovely presentation. Very very nice!u r a wonderful photo grapher..

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

never heard of this fruit before, they look like tiny oranges to me. the marmalade looks awesome!

Linda A. Thompson Ditch said...

Now I have the urge to go out and by kumquats, something I've never tried before! Wonderful post!

Sonia said...

ThankYou so much Ladies... !

Srivalli said...

Thanks for dropping by and giving me your feedback..Nice to check out your space..beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the recipe! I have a kumquat bush/tree and eat them fresh but have been wanting to try a maralade! This came at the right time as all my kumquats are ripe. One question to clarify, you call for 1 cup sugar, and later say powdered sugar in the directions, is the 1c sugar really 1c powdered sugar? Thank you!

kankana said...

I have always been very curious about this fruit! Love the second photo and that jar is so cute.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I LOVE this. I like kumquats and this is incredible recipe that I need to try one day in the future (haven't made any preserves, but I really want to make this!!!).

Umm Mymoonah said...

Love the pictures of oranges, yummy marmalade too :)

Devaki said...

The kumquat ginger jam is just fabulous and your pics are droolworthy!

chow! DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

Sonia said...

Thankyou so much everyone... !
@ Anonymous - I have used granulated sugar. I will follow up with you on mail. Thanks for the clarification. Regds, sonia

Peggy said...

This jam sounds absolutely mouth-watering - I love kumquats!

Rohan Shearer said...

Congratulations on your 24x24 as well. Your food and pictures look amazing.

Amrita said...

I'm saving this for winter already! Looks delish.

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