MARMALADE IS AN ICONIC BENCHMARK FOR BRITAIN. IT WAS BORN TO TAKE ON BREAKFAST WITH TOAST, AND EVEN THOUGH IT HAS AN ACQUIRED TASTE, ALL MORNING SPREADS NEED THIS PRESERVE. DATING BACK TO THE 1600S, IN CHESHIRE, THE FRUIT PRESERVE IS MADE FROM THE JUICE AND PEEL OF CITRUS FRUITS, AND THEN BOILED WITH WATER AND SUGAR. THE CITRUS FLAVOURS PROVIDE ITS TART TASTE, COMPARED TO ITS SWEET COUSIN JAM. IT’S PADDINGTON BEAR’S TREASURED TREAT AND IT’S MY SECRET INGREDIENT FOR JAFFA CAKES. TOP YOUR TOAST, SERVE TO YOUR SPOUSE OR GIFT TO YOUR GRANDPARENTS – HERE’S FIVE TO TRY:
ORIGINAL OXFORD MARMALADE
AVAILABLE FROM: WAITROSE – £1.99
Frank Cooper’s the UK’s prized brand of marmalade, and for marmalade, it has a star-studded history. James Bond thickly smothered his toast with it, and it was seen as a necessity in author Arthur Ransome’s novels. Explorer Robert Scott was so fond of this marmalade, he took it with him to the Antarctic. The jar was found buried in the snow after the misadventure (lesson learned – it’s tasty but it’s not going to fight frost bite). We’ve chosen the original flavour, with it’s classically bitter taste and it’s thick-cut spread make Cooper’s a marmalade must-have in the cupboard.
ORANGE MARMALADE WITH WHISKEY
AVAILABLE FROM: HARVEY NICHOLS – £3.50
Made in small batches for over 100 years, Harvey Nichols have produced premium preserves which are spot on for serving guests. Only a little is needed to fully enjoy the taste, which makes the an indulgent delight in the morning. We recommend this a stocking filler, especially for those fathers fond of whiskey.
FORTNUM & MASON
PALE LIME MARMALADE
AVAILABLE FROM: FORTNUM & MASON – £6.95
Of course, we couldn’t not have chosen a marmalade from Fortnum & Mason. For those who find the bitter orange tang too harsh, this pale lime take is more subtle, and a little more sweet. This is a far more elegant preserve that should be spread thinly on a bread like sourdough.
FRESH LIME AND TEQUILA
AVAILABLE FROM: HARRODS – £4.95
Tequila? Yes tequila. Don’t be taken aback though, it creates that tantalizingly tart marmalade taste. Harrods has produced a luxurious preserve that appeals to all in the family (who drink anyway). Spread it on bread and the small kick is wonderful: but don’t spread thickly. When baking this winter, try it with tartlets, or cook with cakes. The options are endless.
THREE FRUIT MARMALADE
AVAILABLE FROM: THE LUDLOW FOOD CENTRE – £3.99
Based in Shropshire, the Ludlow Food Centre prides itself on being completely and utterly local. If you don’t choose this marmalade you definitely should to check out their shop’s produce as their countless awards speak for themselves. This preserve won the World’s Best Marmalade back in 2011 – and we can see why. The three citruses of pink grapefruit, lemon and Seville oranges make this a sweet, yet tangy wake-up call at breakfast.