Orange Is the New Dessert

January 27, 2014

Every week, baking expert Alice Medrich is going rogue on Food52 -- with shortcuts, hacks, and game-changing recipes.

Today: Winter's most refreshing dessert, in just 3 ingredients.

Chilled Oranges in Rum-Caramel Syrup from Food52

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This simple recipe for orange slices in caramel has been my go-to for decades.

The oranges are sweet but not rich, and refreshing enough to serve after a heavy or spicy dinner. They can be homey or elegant depending on circumstances (or your serving bowls!). They need nothing else, but you can spoon them around a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or panna cotta, or serve them with shortbread cookies. You can flavor the juices with drops of orange flower water and sprinkle servings with toasted almonds, or flavor with rose water and top with walnuts. You can grate a little cinnamon stick over them…

Chilled Oranges in Rum-Caramel Syrup from Food52

Chilled Oranges in Rum-Caramel Syrup

From Pure Dessert (Artisan, 2007)

Serves 8

8 good eating oranges, preferably organic or unsprayed
1/4 to 1/3 cup dark rum
1 cup sugar

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Alice's new book Seriously Bitter Sweet is a complete revision of her IACP award-winning Bittersweet, updated for the 54%, 61%, and 72% (and beyond) bars available today. It's packed with tricks, techniques, and answers to every chocolate question, plus 150 seriously delicious recipes -- both savory and sweet.


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    Kristin Mauk Bowe
My career was sparked by a single bite of a chocolate truffle, made by my Paris landlady in 1972. I returned home to open this country’s first chocolate bakery and dessert shop, Cocolat, and I am often “blamed” for introducing chocolate truffles to America. Today I am the James Beard Foundation and IACP award-winning author of ten cookbooks, teach a chocolate dessert class on, and work with some of the world’s best chocolate companies. In 2018, I won the IACP Award for Best Food-Focused Column (this one!).


sonali8 March 2, 2014
very intersting recipe.Never realized that oranges could be used as a dessert in this way.I am going to add this recipe to my cookbook.thanks for sharing your recipe.
Kristin M. January 27, 2014
That sounds amazing! I top my oranges with with cinnamon and ginger powder, and sometimes raw sugar for a nice crunch and kiss of sweetness.