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Tea Time with Bergamot Marmalade

May 1, 2013


Our latest home fragrance inspired us to make some delicious bergamot marmalade and have a scrumptious afternoon tea... Which you can easily replicate at home!

Marmalade connoisseurs? We here at Floris aren’t far off. Our recently launched Bergamot & Geranium Home Fragrance had us salivating over ideas for an Earl Grey inspired afternoon tea. So at Fortnum & Masons we perused the exotic fruit and came over none other than Bergamots themselves. Excitement was quickly quietened as we all looked to see who would be volunteering themselves as marmalade creator. I happily raised my hand with very little knowledge of the process. Surprisingly marmalade making is very simple and fast as you will see from the recipe at the bottom.

Scones, clotted cream and jam...

To the tasting table filled with macaroons, scones, madeleines and sandwiches we crowded. I prepared myself for faces hiding bitter mouthfuls of an unknown concoction. Instead, smiling faces were welcomed as the marmalade seemed to be of success.

Scrumptious Afternoon Tea

Chocolate Bomb & Rose Eclair

The Aftermath...

Wonderfully burning all the while was our Bergamot & Geranium candle which filled the room with delicious notes of orange, rose and citronella. As the hours of sun are lengthening, this Home Fragrance warms the senses as we await the arrival of a beautiful summer.

Candle Burning

Bergamot & Geranium Home Fragrance

If you wish to enjoy homemade Bergamot Marmalade here is the recipe:

8 bergamots (about 700g),

3 cups (600g) sugar

4 cups (1l) water, plus more for blanching the bergamots

pinch of sea salt

1. Rinse and dry the bergamots, trim off the stem ends, then cut each in half and pluck out the seeds.

2. Cut the bergamots into quarters and using a sharp knife slice the quarters as thinly as possible.

3. Put in a large pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Let boil for five minutes, then drain well.

4. Return the bergamots to the pot, add the sugar, 1 quart (1l) of water, and salt, and bring to a boil. Cook the bergamots, stirring occasionally, until the marmalade begins to set.

Depending on the heat, the marmalade will take at least 30 minutes to set.

5. Once done, ladle into clean jars and twist on the lids. Once cool, store in the refrigerator, where they’ll keep for at least six months.

The Making of the Bergamot Marmelade

If this has also inspired you to make your own bergamot marmalade, do share with with us your experience in the comments.

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