Friday, March 18, 2005

Sugar High Fridays #6 - Oranges in Caramel-Almond sauce

Caramel - isn't it great? It's one of my fave things in the world. I like it - it's sweet, smooth.. mm. Per hates it. And I mean hate it. So desserts featuring caramel aren't very often made in our household. However, I was planning on trying something new for Sugar High Fridays. That didn't happen. Time ran out - as it so often does - and I'll share an old favorite with you instead. I *do* look forward to trying all of your creations though - many thanks to Debbie for hosting this!

This is a real comfort dish for me, something I'll make myself as a treat, particularly when I'm feeling a little low. I've made it for years - I think I had it the first time on a skiing trip when I was ten years old. It's very bright and cheery - and extremely tasty. The orange warms up from the hot caramel sauce, and it's tanginess is a perfect match for the sweetness of the sauce. The almonds add crunch. The caramel takes on - of course - a gorgeous subtle orange flavor. I ended up licking the plate. (As you can see, Hamlet was going to beat me to it. One of these days I have to write about proper cat nutrition. This is not it. Don't feed this to your cats. But I bet you already knew that.

These measurements are fairly rough - I don't usually measure anything in this recipe.

Oranges in Caramel-Almond sauce
Serves 1 hungry girl

2 oranges, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cream (low-fat is what I use most of the time since it's what I have around the house, although full fat is better. Isn't it always?)
handful of chopped almonds

Set the oranges on a plate, or in a bowl. In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Add the sugar. Add the almonds. Let it toast for a little bit, and add the cream. Mix until you have a lovely caramel sauce, and pour over the oranges.


Jocelyn:McAuliflower said...

Anne, that looks like it would be so good on crepes, or positively sinful on pancakes! I've got to stop looking at your page before breakfast!

Nic said...

This looks like simple, yummy, winter comfort food, Anne!

tanvi said...

oh what a simple way to make caramel! all the recipes ive read are so complicated. thanks for the recipe- ive never had caramel with oranges but it sounds lovely (well, to be honest, id probably eat anything drizzled with caramel!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne,

This sounds like a lovely and light treat! I'm glad you ran out of time and posted your old favourite instead of something new- I'll definitely give this a try sometime soon.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds really good! I love fruit desserts and while I've never tried oranges with caramel, I'm imagining that it's outstanding. By the way, my cat, Jack, would probably argue that caramel is proper nutrition for felines...he thinks he should be allowed to eat everything. It's too bad for him that I disagree. :)

Robyn said...

Combining oranges and caramel and almonds is not something I would have ever done myself. I love this recipe! I love SHF for bringing us so many talented people!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anne - as mcauliflower mentined, I'd love to try this with pancakes! Yum! Did your cats like it?

Carolyn said...

A light but splendid dessert! It looks very good.

Anne said...

Ah, I love the idea of having this with pancakes! I'm also thinking of expanding to more citrus - maybe slices of grapefruit, some lime here and there.. It would be pretty, that's for sure.

And as for the cats - Hamlet backed off when I told him too. Glinda, my smallest one, ate with gusto until I removed her. She wasn't fond of the orange, but the caramel was right up her alley. *sigh*