Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

We are closing in on three years of living in Southern California and I can tell you with so much confidence that the novelty hasn’t worn off, I don’t take a single day here for granted and I feel like I am exactly where I was always destined to be. This place is truly magical. While hailing from Buffalo, I had a little bit of snow-day envy as the blizzard made it’s way across the east coast this weekend, walking outside in a t-shirt to your very own orange tree – that is certainly not lost on me. Not one bit.

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

We got so very lucky that the house we ended up in, here in Long Beach, has a beautiful yard, complete with an abundant orange tree, grape vines, the biggest fig tree you ever did see, an avocado tree and so many other amazing fruit trees. I have been learning to get creative with everything we have been so graciously gifted from this land, but despite the constant creations I still have so many oranges that need to get eaten. So, this marmalade was created and even more excitingly this week I purchased a canning kit, to *finally* learn to preserve. It gets here in just a few days and I plan to make lots more of this marmalade to enjoy throughout the year.  In the fall I certainly plan to preserve my Fig Honey Jam and some grape jam, too.

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

I guess because we got a lot more rain this past year than years previous, this winter both our avocado and orange tree are the best they have been yet, since we’ve moved out here. So much fruit. More than we can eat ourselves. Suffice to say, we’ve been having fresh squeezed juice and lots of guacamole, these past few weeks. Neighbors come by and pick from both the trees, I invite strangers walking by to help themselves and I gift them to as many people as I can. Even with all of this sharing there is still so much. Then, I remembered the other day that a good homemade orange marmalade is one of my most favorite things. Why I hadn’t thought of this sooner, I don’t know.

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

We’ve been enjoying this beautiful bright marmalade slathered on toasted gluten-free sourdough bread from Bread SRSLY with a little grass-fed butter swept across first. It’s also amazing with a cheese board, I personally find it’s especially tasty layered on a rice cracker with a little goat cheese smear, down first. YUM. Great on scones or muffins, perfect stirred into your tea or a clever cocktail, pile it atop your yogurt or ice cream, swirl it into your oatmeal or chia pudding or dizzle it over a homemade bundt cake. You could also add it to marinades or salad dressings. I plan to do some baking with it, working in to some delicious treats. Oh and probably my most favorite suggestion for how to enjoy this orange marmalade: take a piece of the darkest chocolate you can get your hands on, I’m talking 85-90% dark, dip it into the marmalade and enjoy! Be careful though, it’s wildly addicting. I warned you.

What’s most surprising about this recipe is how simple it is. Two ingredients. That’s it. You’ve got a little time for peeling and zesting, a little time for standing around stirring, but the end product is well worth it and this is perfect for gifting. I cannot wait to share this beautiful, bright and tasty abundance with the people I love.

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

Honey Sweetened Orange Marmalade

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1 Linda January 25, 2016 at 12:58 pm

I imagine ginger would be awesome with it!

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2 Lauren January 25, 2016 at 7:49 pm

I’ve been so looking forward to this email after drooling over your snapchat story! I’m a huge fan of minimal ingredient recipes and I LOVE oranges so this is just perfect for me. I couldn’t be more excited to try! I think I’ll give it a go with blood orange, I’m a little crazed about them. Thanks for another great treat! <3

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3 aida mollenkamp January 30, 2016 at 12:20 pm

Have you seriously been here almost 3 years!?!?! That’s crazy! Your green thumb is also crazy!

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