Auntie Loulla's Orange Marmalade


Paddington Premiere-Honest Mum

On Sunday, I attended the world premiere of Paddington which was an absolute joy from start to finish.

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I’ve blogged all about it HERE but wanted to include a few pictures in this recipe post too. 

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Knowing my wonderful Auntie Loulla, award winning restaurateur of Kosmos Greek Taverna in Manchester and TV Chef, had a cracking marmalade recipe, I just had to share it with you all. It really is an orange marmalade fit for Paddington Bear!

Over to Auntie Lou:

loulla-Honest Mum

There’s something very special about making your own home made marmalade, your kitchen will be filled with delightful aromas and they also make excellent Christmas presents.

Orange Marmalade

You can use Nerantzi (Seville) oranges to make this marmalade.

Makes 1.5kg

oranges-Honest Mum


  • 1 kg (8 oranges)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1.4 litres water
  • 2 kg granulated or preserving sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star aniseed


Squeezing fresh oranges-Honest Mum

Wash the oranges thoroughly and dry them.

Halve the oranges, squeezing out the juice and spoon out any pithy membrane (flesh) and pips from the orange skin, over a bowl to collect the juices.

Reserve the shells and place the orange juice, flesh and pips in a food processor, blending until smooth.

Push through a sieve into a large heavy-based pan or preserved pan.

Slice the rind into fine shreds or use a food processor to shred (it is faster) then add the rid to the pan.

Pour in the lemon juice and water, bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 1.1/2 hours or until the peel is very soft and the mixture has reduced by half.

Add the sugar, cinnamon sick and star aniseed and stir continuously over a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the heat and boil for approx 15 to 20 minutes without stirring.

Remove the scum from the surface with a perforated spoon, if scum is not removed, the marmalade will be cloudy.

Boil until the mixture registers 104°C on a sugar thermometer, or to test if it set, spoon a small amount of the marmalade onto a very cold saucer, leave for 30 seconds then push with your finger-if it wrinkles and leaves a trail then it is ready, if it hasn’t set to boil for a little longer.

Allow the marmalade to stand for 10 minutes before potting into warm clean, dry, sterilised jars.

Press waxed discs, waxed side down, on the surface of each jar whilst still hot, then seal, label and store in a cool, dry place.


Here we have placed in ramekins ready to enjoy at breakfast.

The marmalade will keep sealed up to 12 months.

orange marmalade-Honest Mum

All photos bar the one of my Aunt are by my husband, Peter Broadbent.

Do also join Loulla’s private Facebook Group which has thousands of members: Loulla’s Recipe Share.

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48 Responses

  1. Remy

    Thank you for your recipes. I will try them for holidays to add some new experience on the things I prepare for Christmas. It’s always nice to learn something new and the good thing is you can teach others as well about it.
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  2. Sarah-Jane

    oooooh yummy!

    Definitely need to try this recipe. I love marmalade and toast every morning so it’ll not go to waste in my house 🙂
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  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!!

    Sounds and looks delicious. Never tried making marmalade, but my mum and gran both did. I used to love reading Paddington books as a kid. Thanks for hosting
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  4. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    What a fun experience! And I love how your matching #tastytuesday 🙂 Delicious.
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  5. Alison

    I love Paddington. Your marmalade looks fab, I really must try and make some
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  6. Jenny

    WOW Aunty loulla’s marmalade looks amazing. Makes me just want to grab a spoon and just eat it plain! Yummy! Thanks for hosting my lovely.

  7. Sarah James

    Your marmalade looks delicious, I love the sound of adding the cinnamon stick & star anise.
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks, love my Auntie’s recipe and this makes it more festive x
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  8. mum in a nutshell

    I luuuuurve marmalade but would never be brave enough to try and make it myself. Very clever idea linking the recipe with your Paddington premiere!

  9. Mel

    My auntie Marie would love your auntie’s marmalade! She has orange marmalade every morning. I will have to translate the recipe for her. x
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  10. Kath S {isitwineoclockyet}

    This looks amazing and you looked gorgeous too for the Paddington premier. Can’t wait to see it.
    If you have any spare jars feel free to send them over 😉 #tastytuesdays
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  11. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    I love homemade marmalade, I always think it is so much tastier than shop bought. This one looks delicious x
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  12. jenny paulin

    sound like a fabulous evening and i am looking forward ot seeign the film with my boys.
    i am not a fan of marmalade but i do like it in cakes x
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  13. Joanna @mumbalance

    I’m not a big fan of orange marmalade, but my sister is. I’ll be sending this over to her xx
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  14. Over a Cuppa

    I had to add two links this week as I suddenly remember I had a marmalade cake bar recipe which is indeed perfect for the gorgeous Paddington Bear!
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  15. Rebecca U

    Perfection. I love using marmalade in my slow cooker to make orange chicken
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  16. Megan - Truly Madly Kids

    Who doesn’t love a marmalade sandwich! I love your blog on the Paddington premiere – oh so glam!
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  17. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    Love that you planned a Marmalade recipe post for this week, such fab organisation. This looks lovely, photos are gorgeous and actually quite festive xx
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    • honestmum

      Ha it came to me at the premiere Sian and knew my Auntie would have a recipe for me! Peter was up until 1.30am shooting it! x

  18. Vicki Montague

    Oh wow! That looks delicious! I think my mum is handing the baton over to me to make all the jam and marmalade from now on so I will be on a mission! Your aunt’s recipe looks lovely.
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  19. Emma

    I’ve never even thought of making my own marmalade, bet it smells amazing! I can’t wait to see the Paddington film x
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