We were asked to make marmalade for the gift bags of the stars at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). We thought it might be a nice gesture to create a new product. I came up with the brandy cranberry marmalade because Nova Scotia produces great cranberries in the fall and they make a wonderful marmalade. A little brandy seemed like an elegant touch. Now this product has been requested for the gift bags at the Golden Globe Awards in January, 2011.
This is actually a very time-consuming product to make. There is a lot of work by hand. We peel the oranges, and chop the peel very finely to get a nice flavour. Then the pith is peeled off the orange and composted. The orange fruit is chopped and simmered for a while, before adding cranberries to produce a base. Once the base has simmered long enough, it will be used to make marmalade with some sugar and pectin.
Like all jams and spreads this wonderful on toast, fresh bread, biscuits, muffins, or almost anywhere you might choose to use marmalade. Its delicate flavour will make you feel like a star every morning!!