Have a few kumquats left from winter? Don’t let them go to waste! A great way to extend their lifespan is to turn them into kumquat marmalade. It’s simple, easy, practical, and very delicious.
Easy Kumquat Marmalade Recipe You Can Make at Home
Delicious Kumquat Marmalade Recipe
- 2 cups kumquat slices
- 1 cup ice-cold water
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
Step 1: Prepare the Kumquat Slices
Slice the kumquats lengthwise, remove the white membrane at the center, then scoop out the seeds. Be careful not to remove too much meat and juices.
Step 2: Mix the Marmalade Ingredients Together
Transfer the kumquat slices to a medium-sized bowl and squeeze the lemon juice all over the slices. Add a pinch sugar and cayenne to add an extra kick to the marmalade.
Mix the ingredients together, cover with a lid, then refrigerate overnight. This should be enough time for kumquat slices to absorb the extra spices.
Step 3: Boil the Ingredients
Once the slices are ready, take them out and transfer to a cooking pot. Heat the mixture over medium to high heat while stirring occasionally.
Keep boiling the mixture for around 10 minutes until the mixture reaches 215 to 220°F. It should form a thick, rich consistency.
Let the mixture cool at room temperature before scooping the marmalade mixture into clean jars then refrigerate.
How to Use Kumquat Marmalade
Here are some of the best ways to make use of your homemade kumquat marmalade:
1. Cook With Meat
Kumquat jam is a good addition to almost any thick, savory meat dish. Its rich, sweet, and tangy consistency complements the salty, greasy juices from all kinds of meat such as beef, pork, chicken, and duck.
Pro Tip: Craving for Asian-style dishes? Then it’s time to whip out your kumquat marmalade. Fruit jam is a common ingredient in many traditional sweet and sour Eastern recipes.
2. Mix Into Cocktail
Sweet kumquat marmalade blends well with alcoholic drinks. A simple cocktail mix to try with it would be the Tequila Sunrise.
It’s basically an alternative to grenadine syrup, so just mix the kumquat jam with some tequila and orange juice and you’re good to go. Easy, right?
3. Bake Into a Cake
Adding real fruit slices to your baked goodies is a time-consuming task. A better alternative would be to mix in some kumquat marmalade instead.
You can also try this on cupcakes, granola bars, pies, cupcakes, and tarts, among others.
4. Stuff as Crepe Filling
Treat yourself to a delicious kumquat marmalade-filled crepe! The sweet, zesty kumquat marmalade enveloped in soft, fluffy crepes will overwhelm your sweet tooth with an irresistibly delicious blend of flavors.
5. Freeze Into Ice Popsicles
Make your own blend of ice popsicles and mix in some kumquat marmalade for added sweetness. Transfer the popsicle mixture in ice bags then freeze overnight.
Check out this kumquat marmalade recipe by Food Wishes:
What makes kumquat marmalade so great is its versatility. You can spread them on toast, bake into cakes, or mix with your favorite juice drink. The possibilities are endless!
Also, feel free to modify this kumquat marmalade recipe however you want. They go well with anything sweet such as pears, cherries, and cranberries. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try adding a bit of chocolate, mint, or vanilla into the mix.
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