Sunday, 1 July 2012

cumquat marmalade, sultana and cardamon bread

it's that time of the year when i start thinking about making cumquat marmalade again because my little tree has been blinking it's ripening orange orbs at me every time i venture into my garden..the problem is that i still have a few jars left over from last year that need to be used and i know that if i make a fresh batch of marmalade i won't want to eat the older stuff..

i was out of bread today and as per usual i planned to make my 'in it goes bread' but as i assembled the ingredients and proceeded to make the bread it morphed into a cumquat marmalade, sultana and cardamon fruit loaf happened because the marmalade whispered in my ear from the pantry and i listened..and then a few other ingredients decided to join in..  

cumquat marmalade, sultana and cardamon bread


250 gms atta flour
250 gms white bread making flour
1/2 sachet yeast (3.5 gms)
1 egg
20 gms melted butter cooled
1/2 cup cumquat marmalade
1 teaspoon (tsp) salt
1 tsp powdered cardamon
1/2 tsp powdered all spice
1 tsp powdered coriander
1/2 tsp powdered cloves
1/2 cup sultanas
enough cold organic full cream milk to make a sticky dough


~place the flours, yeast and spices into a mixing bowl
~add the marmalade, butter, egg and mix for 1 minute with enough milk to form a sticky dough
~rest for 10 minutes
~add the salt and mix for 1 minute
~repeat the rest and mix cycles once more
~remove the bowl from the mixer, cover with cling film, and leave for about 2 hours (less in warmer weather)
~turn the dough out onto a flour dusted bench, add the sultanas, and do 3 stretch and fold cycles
~form into a ball and rest for 15 minutes
~repeat the stretch and fold cycles and resting twice more
~shape the dough into an oblong and place between the folds of a flour dusted tea towel
~leave to prove until an indentation is left in the dough when pressed with a finger
~dust the dough well and slash down the centre
~place the bread in a 220 deg c preheated oven with steam and bake for 20-25 minutes
~reduce the temperature to 180 deg c and cook for a further 20-25 minutes
~turn off the heat and open the door of the oven a few inches and leave the loaf for 5-10 minutes
~remove the bread from the oven to a cooling rack


overall i was happy with the spicy not too sweet flavour and light moist texture of this bread but i would have liked discernible pieces of citrus skin so i think i would prefer it to be made with a chunkier i'm going to have to come up with another use for the rest of my cumquat marmalade..

i hope you had a relaxing and enjoyable weekend..x


  1. Jane, what a magnificent looking loaf! And clever use of your marmalade. We make jams and jellies but not marmalades, and one year we were given cumquats which we made into jelly. It worked brilliantly! (The recipe is on our blog on the Jams page if you'd like it)

    1. thanks for your comments celia and for the jelly suggestion..i have a large jar of cumquat jelly was the first thing i made with the cumquats last year..i'll be making the bread again for sure because it was delicious the next day toasted too..

  2. I love your bread making experiments Jane, this looks and sounds delicious, I have just been given some home made marmalade...I might have to give this a try :)

    1. thanks jane..let me know how it goes if you make it..

      by the way i love the lego installation in broken hill..i tried to send you a picture via email but i don't think it worked..

  3. YUM, YUM, YUM!!! This bread sounds absolutely divine!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe...

    I've been harvesting cumquats and preserving them whole. This is my all time favourite way to capture their brilliance...

    Thanks Again - Jodie :)

    1. thanks jodie..i love them done that way too..they are a really delicious fruit..

  4. Jane cumquat and lime marmalade is still my absolute favourite. Makes me feel like an adult as it's tarty and bitter and no one else likes it... lucky for me.
    This loaf looks beaaautiful. I'm so glad the ingredients whispered to you. I'm sure you stomach would have sighed with satisfaction...saying something like- aaaaahhh blissss.

  5. thanks brydie..i adore the sour bitterness of cumquat too..they are great in savoury dishes as well..i used some in a turkey dish i made last week for a christmas in winter meal..

  6. Yum, Did it smell as good as it looks?

  7. thanks wildcraft diva..i just made this bread again last night and the whole house smelled fruity and spicy..i added a bit more marmalade this time and i liked it was a bit denser and it had more of a marmalade kick..