History for Orange Marmalade Bars
Marmalade is derived from the Portuguese word Marmelos. Despite popular perception, marmalade was not ‘created’ in Scotland by James Keiller and his wife — however, the Keillers are often credited with making the delectable morning preserve available commercially. Given the existence of recipes for similar ‘jams’ dating back to the 1500s, the romantic notion of James Keiller discovering a shipment of bitter oranges being sold cheaply and his wife turning them into jam has long been debunked.
One of the first documented recipes for a Marmelet of Oranges (similar to what we know as marmalade today) comes from the recipe book of Eliza Cholmondeley about 1677, according to food historian Ivan Day.
Ingredients for Orange Marmalade Bars
- ½ cup shortening
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup orange marmalade
Instructions for Orange Marmalade Bars
- Preheat the oven to 400 ℉ (200 degrees C). An 8-inch square pan should be greased.
- Cream the shortening, sugar, vanilla, and almond extract together in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the egg until everything is properly combined. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a separate basin. Add to the first mixture and thoroughly combine. Half of the dough should be spread into the pan. Spread a layer of marmalade on top. Cover the top with the remaining dough.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 25 minutes. Allow cooling completely before cutting into bars.
Nutrition Info for Orange Marmalade Bars