Wednesday, 28 March 2012

caramel oranges - a random recipe


... alarm bells ringing... i'm sure there's a blog challenge I haven't done yet... oh blimey it's my very own random recipes...


... my 17th book along the shelf has produced a very simple little bowl of sunshine from the most excellent Valentine Warner and his brilliant What To Eat Now... i love this book for its simplistic nature and theme of following what's in season and the dishes have his marvellous flare for the eccentric alongside his witty prose and beautiful little sketches... I would highly recommend both books from this series...

... and it's so funny to have chosen this for my Random Recipes dish as I, like i'm sure many of you, dread the unexpected so when I was confronted with this dish I was a little disappointed that it wasn't more of a challenge... but I have to say that even though this really is something I would never have taken a second look at it tasted simply GLORIOUS... so thank you Val and Choclette!

Caramel Oranges
8 large oranges
150g caster sugar
water

- peel 4 of the oranges using a potato peel and then cut each peel into matchstick shapes

- place these sticks into a saucepan, cover with water and sprinkle with a tablespoon of the sugar.

- bring to a gentle simmer until soft, pour away the liquid and set aside the peel

- next, slice the bottom off all your oranges and sit them on your chopping board whilst you carefully peel them with a knife, from top to bottom, removing all the peel and pith

- slice them to a thickness of your liking and lay them haphazardly in a bowl, sprinkle them with the softened sticks of peel

- now place the sugar in a non-stick pan, just covered with water and heat gently for 15 minutes, during which time the sugar will begin to caramelise... you should notice it turning a dark brown after 10 minutes and at this stage you should watch it like a hawk and stir it gently as it thickens... once you're happy with its colour simply pour it over the oranges in a thin stream

- it should settle and harden in places.  you should let it rest for at least 30 mins before eating so it goes crunchy... divine!

... have you done your random recipe yet... you have until Friday to submit...

eat and of course, enjoy!

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