onion marmalade …..and on a scone with brie and coriander

scone with brie, onion marmalade and coriander

People often ask me where my inspiration for my cooking and recipes comes from, and to be honest most of it comes from whatever I have around at the time. So its ingredient driven. I hate wasting food.  I had a pile of onions left over from a shoot, so decided to make some onion jam.

I then contemplated what to call it because ‘marmalade’ in theory applies to citrus fruit (see my explanation of jam, marmalade and jelly here), but onion jam doesn’t sound as good.  So marmalade it is.

Its worth making a big batch of this as it shrinks down to a small quantity.


  • 750gms finely sliced white onions (about 4 – 5 big onions)
  • 3Tbs (about) of olive oil – a glug
  • 1/2 cup of red wine
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1/4 cup (4 Tbs) red wine vinegar
  • salt and black pepper

Gently fry the onion slices in the olive oil for about 10 – 15 minutes until they are softened and just starting to caramelise (you can use a large non stick frying pan for this or a very big pot). Add the red wine and allow all the liquid to cook off (about 5 minutes). Season with a generous amount of salt and pepper and add the sugar, vinegar and bay and put a lid on the pan/pot (if you don’t have a lid for your frying pan, just use a baking tray as a lid) and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid and cook for a further 5 minutes.  Allow to cool and fill a jar and store in the fridge for future use.

sweet and savoury

This is a really nice relish to have on had.  It goes beautifully with steak or sharp cheese on a sandwich. It’s awesome with chicken liver pate.

I thought I would make an open scone sandwich with brie slices, onion marmalade and fresh coriander.  The combination is truly delicious. If you use a miniature scone this is the perfect canape that will wow your guests at your party.

store in a jar and take it on a picnic

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13 Responses to onion marmalade …..and on a scone with brie and coriander

  1. Jessica November 18, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    This sounds amazing! I would love a giant jar of this!

  2. Alida November 18, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Sam that looks AMAZING! I also have a post for onion marmalade coming up. It’s one of my favourite things to have in the house and like you said, I love it with mature cheddar or with chicken liver pate. Delish! x

  3. Sam November 18, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    Thanks Jessica, I’ve been nibbling on it over the last few days.

  4. Sam November 18, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks Ally, I look forward to your version :-). Really so easy to make. x

  5. nina November 18, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Sam, this looks so yumme, I just want to grab one. I can see that you are definitely one amazing baker(cook too!) Your baked goodies always looks so scrumptious!

  6. Sam November 18, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Thanks Nina! Just doing what I love 🙂

  7. Lori November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Interesting combo with the coriander and the brie – cant imagine the coriander…. so I guess I will have to try it then 😉

  8. sara November 22, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Wow, this looks incredible! I definitely need to try this sometime, it looks so delicious!

  9. ELIZE April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    dankie lyk heerlik ek sal elke dag uie eet mal daaroor

  10. Sam April 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Baie dankie Elize 🙂

  11. Jeannette December 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Made some of this and it came great. We just had it with duck smoked in a Big Green Egg and it was perfect.

  12. Sam December 27, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    Excellent Jeannette, I am simply loving the Big Green Egg too.


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