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Caramelised Orange Marmalade

Marmalade As part of the Dingle Food and Wine Festival, we’ve decided to do an Irish theme. It seems especially pertinant in these times, and we should be able to have some fun with it. We are going to do specials like Barry’s Tea Ice Cream and a Biscuit, Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Irish Whiskey Cream, Bailey’s Ice Cream with Dingle Blackberry Sauce, and Brown Bread Ice Cream with Caramelised Orange Marmalade.

The last one sounds a bit strange, but everyone who has tried it has been delighted. It’s an odd sensation of eating ice cream while your brain is telling you you’re imbibing that old breakfast standby of brown bread and marmalade.

I caramelised the marmalade to make the flavours a bit deeper and complex, and it’s an easy thing to do and could have many applications. Here’s a recipe:

Murphys Caramelised Orange Marmalade


1 jar marmalade – choose a marmalade that’s tart!


What to Do

1. Empty the jar into a high-sided saucepan or pot.
2. Add water – use 20% of the volume of the jar.
3. Cook on high heat, stirring from time to time, until the marmalade turns a deep brown colour. Be careful – it will be extremely hot, so beware of splatters.
4. Remove from the heat and stir in more water – again, use 20% of the volume of the jar.
5. Serve warm over brown bread ice cream.

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4 Responses to “Caramelised Orange Marmalade”

  1. September 30th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Marybakes says:

    I have to try this! I’ll add in some extra thick rind and a drop of whiskey in mine!!

  2. October 2nd, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Jo @ LittleFfarm Dairy says:

    We recently made an Irish Coffee gelato, using a blend of Colombian/Costa Rican coffees plus a fine Irish Whiskey. It went down an absolute storm, at the Food Festivals we’ve attended recently; I suspect it’d be perfect for the Dingle Fest. But all of these sound gorgeous….isn’t playtime fun?!

    Alas though, we can only make an Irish/Celtic Coffee but cannot use Bailey’s – as our gelato is made purely from goats’ milk & cream.

    Best wishes, Jo & Tony @ Lovespoon, deep in wild n’woolly West Wales.

  3. October 3rd, 2009 at 5:05 am

    George@CulinaryTravels says:

    I’ll have to try this using my home made Seville orange marmalade.

  4. October 19th, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Seafood (and Irish grapes) in Dingle | says:

    [...] finished off the eating (at that stage) with a couple of scoops at Murphy’s Ice Cream: the Brown Bread Ice Cream with Caramelised Orange Marmalade is definitely worth returning for and I loved the Dark Chocolate Ice Cream topped with a dollop of [...]

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