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Pink Grapefruit Marmalade

Serves 22


  • 2 grapefruit
  • 1kg preserving sugar
  • juice of 2 lemons

Boil two grapefruit for 2 hours, in enough water to cover them, until they’re soft. Drain and discard the water and thinly slice the grapefruit, chopping a bit (removing any large pips), before returning to the empty pan, along with 1kg preserving sugar, and the juice of 2 lemons.

After boiling for 15 minutes or so, test for setting point. The easy way to do this is to have a plate in the fridge. Place a teaspoon of the mixture on the plate, and leave for a minute. If the surface of the mixture creases when you push it, the marmalade is ready.

Pour into clean jars and seal. Another great addition to Christmas hampers. Give it a go!

‘Foolproof’ is a dangerous term, as all recipes require a certain degree of common sense and judgment. My husband points out that often these foolproof recipes are anything but, requiring a considerable level of culinary know-how. For instance, would everyone know what Nigella means by ‘boil until setting point is reached’? If you know the jam basics, though, this is a hit.

Tips: Nigella doesn’t tell you to skim the mixture as it boils. I would recommend doing this though, as the scum that rises to the surface can make the finished marmalade cloudy rather than clear.

It may well take longer than 15 minutes to reach setting point. Mine took 35 minutes. Be patient, and test it every 5 minutes or so.

6 CommentsLeave a Comment

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    5 months ago

    I confess, I find using a jam thermometer far easier than testing for a set… I’m either too impatient and end up testing many times or end up getting very fed up indeed. Using the thermometer to get the boiling jam up to the required temperature is much easier and more reliable for me!

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    3 months ago

    Hello, I know this is an older post but I’d love to make this marmalade and get a little clarification.

    Where it says drain the grapefruits [chop, etc] and return to the pot – does that mean with the water you used to boil the grapefruits still in it, or return to an empty pot?

    If it’s empty – there seems to be no liquid content in this recipe, I’m a bit concerned it’ll just burn!

    Am I being stupid?!

    Thanks for helping me :)

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      3 months ago

      Hi, thanks for stopping by! You need to drain the grapefruit and chuck the water!

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        23 weeks ago

        So how much water do you use????

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          22 weeks ago

          You don’t add any more water after draining the pink grapefruit!

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