The 13th World Marmalade Award winners are about to be introduced

Have your scorching buttered toast on standby, the winner of the 13th World Marmalade Awards will probably be introduced on Saturday 17 March 2018 close to Penrith in England’s Lake District.

Winners of the 13th World Marmalade awards to be introduced. Photo by: DEA/N.CHASSERIAU/De Agostini/Getty Images

For two days in February, a staff of judges deliberated over greater than 2700 entries from 30 nations, together with Kenya, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan and Brazil. Plenty of basic Seville marmalade was tasted, whereas entrants within the artisan class received significantly artistic, mixing it up with components corresponding to yuzu, kumquat, roasted pineapple and beetroot.

Marmalade-making is a exact artwork, and co-head decide Dan Lepard is the primary to confess “the devil is in the detail.” Yet he’s observed a marked enchancment within the selfmade entries: “In past years, one big no-no we saw was overcooking once the sugar is added. This toughens the peel and ‘seizes’ it, like a woollen sweater does in a boil wash, and also ruins the aroma, colour and set.”

The 2017 winner, Shona Leckie, a retired Scottish faculty instructor had no such issues. Her Miss Minto Treacle Marmalade took out the Double Gold and, in consequence, was stocked in London’s prestigious Fortnum & Mason shops. “After the initial astonishment (at hearing of the award), I soon became excited and I have thoroughly enjoyed the year. It was amazing to see how much Scottish publications made of a Scottish win, highlighting someone who lives in Angus, which is near Dundee, the place where marmalade was invented!”

Marmalade winners to be announced in England's Lake District
World Marmalade Awards winner to be introduced in Penrith. Image by: World Marmalade Awards

Sadly for Scotland, Shona didn’t have time to enter this yr, so 2018 will see a brand new winner introduced at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, open all weekend to the general public, with cookery demonstrations, Q&As and, after all, marmalade tasting. Australia–England rivalries may even be reignited with the judging of the ‘Marmalashes’ on Sunday 18 March. And for the third yr, a Marmalade Festival is being held in close by Penrith; your entire city will flip orange, and Paddington Bear will even make a particular look.

Further particulars:

Seville Orange Marmalade

Recipe from Pam Corbin, co-head decide, World Marmalade Awards


1 kg Seville oranges

Juice of two lemons (100mls)

2 kg golden granulated sugar


  1. Scrub the oranges, take away the buttons on the prime of the fruit then lower in half round their circumference. Squeeze out the juice and hold to 1 aspect.
  2. Slice the fruits into the scale items you favor, eradicating any marked pores and skin and any thick items of the white inside pith. Save these – the pith is the place probably the most pectin is – tie these off-cuts in a sq. of muslin.
  3. Place the sliced peel, orange juice, pith bag in a big bowl and canopy with 2 litres of water. Cover and depart to soak in a single day or for as much as 24 hours – this helps to melt the peel and release the pectin.
  4. Transfer the entire combination to a big heavy based mostly pan or preserving pan. Cover and produce to the boil, then simmer for about 2 hours (Sevilles have robust outdated skins) or till the peel is tender and breaks when gently pulled – the contents of the pan will have lowered by roughly one- third. Remove the pith bag, first squeezing it firmly in opposition to the aspect of the pan to take away all its gummy goodness.
  5. Add the lemon juice and the sugar. Bring the combination to the boil, stirring till the sugar has dissolved. Boil quickly till setting level is reached –this could take roughly 15 minutes at a full rolling boil however will rely on the scale of pan you employ and the way onerous the boil is. The marmalade is completed when the mass of foamy bubbles on the floor have disappeared and the combination seems to be thick and shiny.
  6. Test for setting level by dropping of the combination onto a really chilly plate or a big chrome steel spoon – after a minute or so it ought to kind a slight pores and skin on the floor. Avoid over-cooking which ends up in a stiff overly candy marmalade.
  7. Remove from the warmth and depart to chill for a number of minutes to permit the peel to evenly distribute – for those who pour when the marmalade is simply too scorching the peel will float to the highest of the jar. Pour (to inside 3mm of the highest) into sterilised jars and seal instantly.

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