In another post, I mentioned making cranberry marmalade, mainly for friend Mary, but also for me. She eats the stuff with everything…and I do mean everything! I don’t make it to suit her exact taste because she likes it with a lot more sugar, but I try to stay away from a lot of white (processed) sugar. This time of year, I make a lot and am going to buy cranberries and freeze them so I can make it in July as well. Anything for a cheap thrill -grin-.
Usually I cook and bake from scratch but I’m not above using shortcuts. This is one of those shortcuts.
The reason it’s called Bogus Cranberry Marmalade is I use a shortcut if I don’t have any oranges on hand. Today, no oranges but I did have cranberries, sugar and Smucker’s Orange Marmalade.
In a large colander, rinse the cranberries and place in a large, heavy saucepan. No need to dry the cranberries; heat over medium heat until they being to pop.
I pour the marmalade into a Pyrex dish to cool before placing in glass jars for gift giving. I also have a traditional, non-bogus marmalade and I’ll give that recipe after I go to the store and buy oranges. In the meantime, here are the ingredients and recipe…easier to copy and paste.
Bogus Orange Marmalade
2 bags fresh cranberries, rinsed
1 18 ounce jar Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade
1 cup white sugar
In a large, heavy saucepan, place the rinsed but not dried cranberries. Heat over medium heat until they being to pop.
Continue heating for about 10 or 15 minutes, it really depends on how you like the finished product…with more whole cranberries or with fewer. Add one cup sugar and stir to mix.
Heat cranberries and sugar until well mixed and glistening.
Add a jar of Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade and stir to mix. All the while, the cranberries will continue to pop as they heat.
Enjoy and let me know how you like it or the changes you made to make it your own.
Blessings ~ cranberries ~ marmalade ~ friends ~ short cuts of a non-threatening nature ~