From the Latin words 'terra cocta', meaning baked earth, terracotta is a mix of clay and water hardened by fire at low heat, resulting in a brittle and porous product. The typical red to ochre colour is produced when the iron in the clay reacts to oxygen during firing. Often left untinted and in its raw porous texture, terracotta can also be stained or glazed to give it a shiny finish and resistance to liquids.
Recipe Breakfast marmalade
(recipe for approx. 10 2dl jars)
2kg granulated sugar
5g black cardamom seeds
20g whole cinnamon sticks
Wash and dry the fruit. Cut in half and then slice as thin as possible. Take out all the seeds and put in a tea globe infuser/strainer together with the cardamom seeds. Put citrus, spices and water in a large pot and boil for 15 min.
Let the citrus mass set in a cool place for 24 hours with the seeds and the spices to activate the natural pectin in the citrus seeds and release the flavour of the spices. Then add sugar and boil until liquid reaches 103-104C making sure to skim the surface during cooking. Clean the jars carefully and sterilize in a 125C oven for 30 minutes. Make sure to boil the lids and rubber gasket as well.
Test for thickness on a cold plate, boiling more if you want it thicker. 1-3 degrees more makes a lot of difference.
When done, pick out the spices and fill the jars. This marmalade has no additives, so refrigerate to be safe. Serve on toast with cured cheese and coffee or tea.