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Friday, 14 December 2007

Clementines in Cointreau Liqueur

This would make a fabulous homemade gift to give a loved one or friend for Christmas, if you can manage to part with it yourself that is! The only downside, it has to keep for 3 months before opening but I’m sure that wouldn’t be a problem with this decedent delight. Very simple to make and can be made in about 15 to 20 minutes.

You could jazz the jar up with a fabric lid and pretty bow. Also you could include the recipe to enable the recreation of this preserve, which would be a lovely finishing touch don’t you think?

This preserve of clemintines would be wonderful served on top of meringues with whipped cream or crème fraiche and drizzles of the spicy orange liqueur running down the sides, sheer pleasure on a spoon!
Clementines in Cointreau Liqueur

Makes 1 large kilner jar (as in photo)

7 clementines, peeled and any pith removed
1 clementine peel, cut into fine strips
3 cloves
1 cinnamon stick, broken into 3
100g (4 oz) caster sugar
4 tbsp water
Approximately 570ml (1 pint) Cointreau – orange liqueur


Wash in hot soapy water rise and fully dry a kilner jar. Remove the rubber seal and place the jar in a warm preheated oven to sterilize for about 10 minutes, or in a dishwasher.

Take the jar out of the oven or dishwasher then place the peeled clementines into the jar, add the sliced peel, cloves and cinnamon.

In a saucepan add the sugar and water on a gentle heat on the stove, until the sugar dissolves then let this simmer for 1 –2 minutes until it becomes syrupy. Remove from the heat and add the Cointreau liqueur, pour over the clemintines making sure the liquid comes to top of the jar, (depending on your jar size this why it’s approximately on the quantity for Cointreau).

Seal the lid down and wipe the jar over on the outside with a clean cloth removing any stickiness. Write a label and place on the front of the jar. Store for 3 months in a cool dark place before opening and using.


Pixie said...

This does sound lovely Rosie and quite easy to make! Agree that it would make such a lovely gift, so send one my way! :-)

Maria said...

Wow Rosie, love this and agree it would be wonderful to give as a gift.


Happy cook said...

Wow three months. My that would really taste divine then.
Oh i would serve it with ice cream then one can pour over the juices too.
mmmm delicious

Jeena said...

Hey Rosie are you going to do a post with a picture of this jar after 3 months? It looks and sounds delicious you are right I bet it would be a great gift. :)

Rosie said...

Hi Pixie,
*Giggle* you put a huge smile on my face loved your comment ;))

Hi maria,
Many thanks and can't wait to try this out in 3 months :)

Happy cook,
WOW what a great idea thanks I will try this with some ice cream - yum :)

Hi Jeena,
I really would love to post in 3 months time showing this fruit in all its glory served with whatever.

Thank you all for your very kind comments and also for calling by :)

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

Hi Rosie,

Checking out your preserves. I actually have a large box of clemintines so am going to attempt to make this preserve soon. Shall email you again today as more ideas popped into my head!


Rosie said...

Hi Pix, wonderful you can make lots of lovely preserve with clemintines :) Look forward to hearing from you.

Hugs Rosie x

Un-domestic Goddess said...

Mm, so glad to have found this, it'll be perfect for some friends at Christmas time.