Lemon Marmalade – adapted by Tina MacDonald
pound lemons (5 – 6 lemons)
Water to cover
5 tbsp. Splenda or to taste
1 envelope unsweetened gelatine dissolved in ¼ cup of water
Wash the lemons thoroughly in warm water, remove the stalks. Cut each
lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Remove the seeds and cut away
pulp and excess pith. Tie the pulp, pith and seeds loosely in a muslin
bag (actually I use a clean Jay-cloth towelette). Slice the skins into
matchstick strips and place these in the cooking pan with the juice, and
add water until lemon matchsticks are just covered. Tuck the muslin bag
into the pot, bring to the boil and simmer until the strips of lemon skin
are very tender.
Remove the muslin bag and squeeze out any liquid. Add the Splenda and bring to the boil until it is fully dissolved. Take off the heat and let cool slightly. Taste for sweetness (carefully – this is hot) and add more Splenda to taste. Dissolve the gelatine in a little hot water, and stir thoroughly into the marmalade mixture. Pour into hot clean jars and seal. Store, when cool in the refrigerator. Makes 2 pints or 4 cups (64 tablespoons). Total recipe - 83 calories and 53 grams of carbohydrates. Per tablespoon – 1.3 calories and 0.8 grams of carbohydrates.
VARIATIONS: for Lemon Ginger Marmalade, add 1.5 ounces of crystallized ginger at the same time as the Splenda. For Spiced Lemon Marmalade, add 3 whole cloves or ½ stick of cinnamon in the muslin bag with the seeds and pith.
NOTE: Sugarless jams and marmalades have poor keeping quality, as it
is the sugar in ordinary jams that preserve them. Make only small amounts
of this marmalade at one time.