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Dawn’s Marmalade


  • 1.4kg (3 lbs) Seville oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 2.2 litres (4 pints) water
  • 2.7kg (6 lbs) granulated sugar


Wash the fruit and cut into eighths.  Remove the pips and place these in a square of muslin.  Process some of the fruit with a little of the measured water for 10-15 seconds.  Repeat until all the fruit is used.  Place in an AGA preserving pan with the pips, wrapped in the muslin ‘bag’ and the remainder of the water.  Bring to the boil on the Boiling Plate, stir once or twice as it comes to the boil.  Cover the pan.

2, 3, 4 and 5 oven AGA:  Transfer the covered pan to the Simmering Oven for 1 hour, until the peel has softened.

Meanwhile place the sugar into a basin and place in the Warming Oven (4 and 5 oven) or at the back of the AGA to warm.  Wash jam jars in hot water and place on a baking tray in the Simmering Oven to dry and sterilise.

Remove the pan from the Simmering Oven and add the warmed sugar, place on the Simmering Plate to dissolve the sugar then move to the Boiling Plate and boil rapidly until setting point is reached.

Let the marmalade settle for 10 minutes then decant into the clean, warm jars, seal and label when cold.

Dawn’s tips:

  • invest in an AGA Splash Shield to protect the Boiling Plate lid lining from splashes of marmalade
  • wipe up splashes of marmalade immediately as they happen – keep a damp cloth handy for this

Conventional cooking:  Increase the amount of water by 500ml (18 fl oz) and use the hob to make the marmalade.