Sunday, 3 February 2013

Pamplemousse

Well I'm not sure where that past week went... but "went" it certainly did and the end of January went with it. I've been to a couple of Pilates classes, I've done a little teaching of machine embroidery, some baking and quite a lot of knitting. I've also taken photographs most days, intending to do blog posts and then somehow haven't found the time and the moment passed.
 
 
At the beginning of the week I bought some beautiful pink grapefruit and for some reason remembered that in France they are called Pamplemousse... which sounds so much more exotic. Especially pamplemousse rose.

 
I used them to make more marmalade. Don't ask why... I just did. I now have about sixteen jars of marmalade in my cupboard which at current rates of consumption should last me the next sixteen years.

 
But it does look rather beautiful. Rich and golden, it is slightly darker than the orange marmalade I made the previous week and it has just a hint of pink about it. And today I used it to make a rather delicious good old fashioned marmalade cake, topped with a glace icing made from icing sugar and pink grapefruit juice. The bitterness of the grapefruit cuts through the sweetness of the icing giving a wonderful flavour. I can definitely recommend it.

 
Gateaux de pamplemousse rose!

24 comments:

  1. That cake looks wonderful! I haven't had any pink grapefruit for ages, but now I think I need to rectify that :-)

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  2. That does look nice. I also now realise why in Latvia they are sometimes called Pamplemousse. I thought they were different to grapefruits where they use a Latvianised name as well. Although Latvian is nothing like French, occasionally a word comes across from their Russian connection, where they used French in the royal courts.

    I found a lovely use for the peel too. I cook it whole for several hours in the slow cooker and then add enough sugar to make a syrup and cook again for several hours. I have been using this in cakes and biscuits and it is full of flavour

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  3. My mouth is watering. Both the cake and the marmalade look delicious. Unfortunately, I take Simvastatin and have read that those who take them should not eat grapefruit. Don't ask me why - it didn't explain. Probably far too technical. It's a great pity as I love pink grapefruit, but I'm playing safe.

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  4. I've just read the comment you left on my blog and see what you mean about having to open a shop! However, grapefruit marmalade sounds so refreshing and the cake looks yummy.

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  5. Both look very yummy. Enjoy your cake.

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  6. I can answer Heather - grapefruit concentrates the constituents of Simvastatin ( and other cholesterol lowering drugs) making it dangerous to our bodies. I stopped taking the medication and I feel so much better now.

    So I could eat some of that cake and not have a problem and I do love grapefruit. Pamplemousse does sound so much nicer, I agree.

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  7. Oh it all sounds so wonderful in French! Mind you it all looks quite wonderful too and I've no doubt it tastes wonderful as well!
    I do love a bowl of pink grapefruit for my breakfast, to have some spread on my toast afterwards would be lovely!
    V xxx

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  8. Ohhh that cake looks lovely.

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  9. If I'm ever poorly I always crave grapefruit when I start to feel a little better... strange but true!

    We're still slowly getting through my 2011 batch of marmalade... I'll probably need to make more in 2015. I could use some to make a cake :-)

    xx

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  10. Sounds so chic en Francais! I am a huge grapefruit fan and have been known to peel and eat them like an orange.

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  11. Marmalade Bread and Butter pudding is very nice too!

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  12. Would you ever post the recipe for both the cake and marmalade!? I have no idea how to make marmalade and only made 1 pr 2 small batches of jam? Is it similar?

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  13. Mais oui and oooh, la la..... c'est tres bon......

    I better go back and check out that recipe for marmalade ... and maybe even give it a try .... with some pamplemousse as well.... I love it.

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  14. I agree pamplemousse sounds so much more exotic, but my spell checker wanted to chane it to pimple mousse!

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  15. Oooh, that looks yummy! I don't think I've ever made anything with grapefruit -- what a great idea!

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  16. Theres posh you are. Shame I cannot do citrus, sounds amazing.

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  17. Both your marmalade and your cake look and sound delicious! I really should make some too. Lucy xx

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  18. You must be a very dangerous lady to live with! I'm putting on weight just reading your posts. Lol. John loves marmalade but can't have grapefruit as it interferes with his heart tablets.

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  19. always busy as usual - you do put us to shame. pamplemousse is a lovely word.
    anniex

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  20. mmm yummy cake ... and the marmalade looks so wonderful too. I'm missing the lemon marmalade which a friend gave me and quickly got eaten - it was delicious with cream cheese (instead of butter) on toast. You've inspired me to try making some marmalade.

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  21. Pamplemousse sounds very exotic much nicer than grapefruit. The marmalade sounds yummy and the cake delicious.

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  22. Not only does that cake LOOK delicious, I can say that it TASTES delicious too. (Glad today wasn't a 'fasting' day) x

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  23. Can I come to tea?.......Grapefruit marmalade sounds delicious........Pamplemousse marmalade sounds divine.x

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