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Marmalade maker appeals to judges
3:51pm Monday 3rd March 2014 in News
A COTSWOLD marmalade maker who has been making jars for her family for more than three decades has been recognised with two awards.
Orange and lemon marmalade made by Antonia Robinson, aged 55, of Paxford, near Chipping Campden, appealed to the judges in the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.
More than 2,000 jars were entered from around the world in the ninth annual awards held in Dalemain Mansion, Cumbria, at the weekend.
Thanks to a special family recipe handed down to her from her late mother-in-law Eileen, Mrs Robinson not only won a silver award but also a bronze in the Newcomer category.
It is the first award she has won for her marmalade, which she used to regularly make for her grandfather before he passed away a couple of years ago.
The fruit is cooked firstly in a pressure cooker and put it through an egg slicer to make the peel while the pips are crushed using a garlic press.
Mrs Robinson, who works as a photographer, said despite the first batch going wrong, it still won bronze.
"The first batch went wrong, I miss-read the recipe," she said. "The proper recipe won silver. I'm absolutely amazed, it's fantastic. Usually it doesn't even set.
"The funny thing is I don't really like it that much, but the family does and I tend to make it for other people."
Jane Hasell-McCosh, Marmalade Awards & Festival organiser, said: “We’ve been surprised and delighted not only by the sheer number of entries into this year’s competition but also by the range of interesting and sometimes downright unusual ingredients that you wouldn’t normally associate with marmalade.
“Marmalade is and will continue to be a national institution at the breakfast table for years to come."
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