Cumquat Marmalade with Pear and Passionfruit

Cumquat Marmalade with Pear and Passionfruit

Posted 2015-07-16 by finyfollow
You can see a bit of pear in this jar

This was supposed to be a jam, but it turned out as a marmalade, with that bitter taste that marmalade has!

It is only slightly bitter, and I made it using coconut sugar to give it a caramel taste.

The cumquats I had were about double the size of any I have used before, so the skin was a bit thick, which would explain the slightly bitter taste.

If you are using ordinary sized kumquats, it will turn out as a jam.

Preparation Time: 35 minutes
Cooking Time: About 1 hour
Makes: 4 - 6 jars

1 kilo cumquats
5 cups of water
2 tbsp lemon juice
5 cups coconut sugar (or caster sugar)
1 peeled pear, core removed
1 or 2 passionfruits

  • Cut the cumquats into quarters. At this stage, I try to take out many of the pips.
  • Pour the water over them, cover and leave them to soften overnight.

  • Pour this all into a large saucepan, stir in the lemon juice and the chopped pear, and bring to the boil

  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and stir until it has dissolved.

  • Bring to the boil.
  • Boil on a high heat without stirring for about 20 minutes, or till it reaches setting point.

  • To test for setting point, put a plate in the fridge or freezer for a short while, put some of the marmalade on the plate. Put it back in the fridge for a few minutes, and then run your finger through it.
  • If it stays separated, then it is done, if it doesn't, boil for a bit longer.
  • Add the passionfruit.
  • Take off and leave for about 5 - 10 minutes. Sterilise your jars in the meantime. I do this by putting a bit of water in each, shaking the water out, and putting them in the microwave for about 1 ½ minutes.
  • Carefully put the marmalade into the jars and seal immediately.

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