Sweet Melon and Vanilla Marmalade

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We just arrived back home from our trip to Basque Country. Time flies by really fast when you are having fun and I would love to show you some of it but before I can post any pictures from the trip I need to sit down and sort them. I did manage though to track down a few pictures for the recipe I am sharing today.

The last two weeks have been an abundance of delicious fresh fruit and vegetables. I have been eating enormous amounts of juicy peaches, paraguayos and nectarines. You can’t even compare them to the ones you buy in Sweden. Sadly it is not very convenient to bring fresh fruit home from abroad which made me think it could be fun to prepare some kind of preserve and bring that with me instead. And since we stayed at my mother in laws house, while visiting, this was a highly doable project. I decided to go for a melon marmalade. Marmalade made of melon is definitely not common in Sweden and because of this I wanted to give it a go. All preserves taste so much better when made with quality fruit and vegetables. The melons I ate in Basque Country definitely qualified for this!

If you have a soft spot for sweet things and especially sweet marmalades this is the recipe for you. Melons are very sweet in themselves and not tangy at all. For this recipe I combined melon with vanilla and lemon. I used both zest and juice from the lemon which helped balancing the intense sweetness. The vanilla of course speaks for itself, oh so yummy!

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Sweet Melon and Vanilla Marmalade

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg melon (I used Cantaloupe for this recipe but I am sure other kinds will be great as well)
  • zest from 2 lemons
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 700 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod

Method:

1. Cut the melon in smaller cubes and place in a large saucepan. Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and the seeds from 1 vanilla pod.

2. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Let the marmalade simmer for about 1 hour or until it reaches 106°C/223°F, stirring frequently. Spoon into sterilized jars and seal. Enjoy!

 

 

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