In the 1950s, the lovable Paddington Bear boosted the profile of Britain’s favourite preserve with his love for marmalade sandwiches.
The recent film is having exactly the same effect, with sales of marmalade up 88 per cent at Waitrose.
But if you want to do more than just slap it on a bit of toast, you might want to dip into ‘Marmalade: A Bittersweet Cookbook’.
It’s written by Sarah Randell, food director of Sainsbury’s Magazine, who’s created some lip-smacking recipes for marmalade and what you can do with it – marmalade-glazed bacon sandwiches anyone?
MARMALADE-GLAZED BACON SANDWICHES
12 rashers of British smoked dry-cured streaky bacon
2tbsp Seville orange marmalade
A dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
4-6 large slices of medium-sliced white bloomer bread
Preheat the grill on a high setting. Lay the rashers of bacon on a grill pan I put them on a silicone sheet to stop them sticking. Grill the bacon for two to three minutes on each side, until it is part cooked.
Meanwhile heat the marmalade, Worcestershire sauce and a tablespoon of water in a small pan - chop the marmalade first if it has a chunky shred (I do this with a pair of scissors when it is in the pan).
Brush one side of each bacon rasher with the marmalade glaze and return them to the grill for three to four minutes, until crispy on the edges. Turn the rashers and repeat.
Butter the slices of bread generously. Top with the sizzling hot, crisp bacon, sandwich together and eat while mulling over the day that lies ahead.