With the rest I made ‘marmalade’, technically a confiture d’orange if you use these oranges instead of the bitter Seville variety, and I much prefer it. The spicy heat of the chillies balances the sweetness very nicely. Makes about 6 jars, depending on the size of the oranges.

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