After 6 weeks on the kitchen table my monster marrow has finally gone to a better place. From an 18lb beast to 9lb 7oz of flesh to 9 jars of delicious lemony marrow cream. I think it was a good way to go.
If it’s getting a little boring reading about marrow cream again bear with me one last time; creaming the beast required further recipe revisions that I think you’ll be interested to hear. I averaged the 9lb+ flesh of the marrow to be 4.5 times the amounts in the original marrow cream post. I hadn’t quite shifted my brain into gear though with converting lbs into grams and underestimated how much butter I would need for a marrow that large. So using less better was circumstantial while the reduction in sugar was intentional after taste testing as it was gradually added. Time will tell if using less sugar effects it’s shelf life but the rate at which I’m eating marrow cream topped crispbreads and handing out jars to friends I don’t think this will be a problem.
how to make monster marrow cream
9lb 7oz of flesh, chopped and boiled in a splash of water
1lb of butter (that’s two 250g blocks)
800g sugar (908g is 2lb)
9 lemons (4 real ones and 5 lemons worth of bottled juice where 3tbsp=1 lemon)
(helpful hints for making marrow cream in itallics)
- peel and core the marrow, weigh out and then boil the cut up flesh with a dash of water until it is soft (or cook slowly without water or a small knob of the butter)
- Strain well and beat to a pulp or blitz in a blender. (leave for a further 10 minutes to drain through a collander – you’ll be surprised how much more water comes out)
- Put into a pan with the sugar, butter, zest and juice of the lemons. (you’ll get a lot more juice out of the lemon if you roll it firmly back and forth on the worktop first. If using a hand blender give it another whizz for a smoother texture)
- Boil slowly for 45 mins then jar it and use as a spread or filling for tarts etc (once boiled put the lid on to prevent the volcanic cream eruptions to shoot out of the pan and onto the floor/your arm/the cat)