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  • Writer's pictureYara Suki

When Life Give You Oranges

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

The adage goes, "when life give you lemons, you make lemonade." That's great and all, but are you supposed to do when life gives you oranges.. like 8 oranges.

My first step was to spend a little time asking my buddy Google. What were the options? 1) Juice it and freeze it... nah, 2) cake, but that only uses one orange, 3) ice cream, but I didn't want to eat orange-flavored ice cream.

So, I decided the next step was to stare at the oranges until an idea came to me. That was 2 days ago. Between you and me, I'm lucky that oranges are a sturdy fruit or I would have tossed them all by now.

Today, I made it back from work and decided to tackle the oranges come hell or high water. It was a bit of a figure-it-out-as-you-go situation. Reset the count, we're starting at step 1 again.

  • Step 1: Segment the 8 oranges and reserve the extra juices

  • Step 2: Add the segments and juice into a pot with juice of one lemon, brown sugar, cloves, and cinnamon

  • Step 3: Think of a vehicle to serve the cooked segments

  • At this point, I was almost certain that I was making a beautiful fruity, puff pastry tart. What I did know was that I needed to get rid of some of the liquid in the pot if I didn't want a soggy mess.

  • Step 4: I removed the aromatics and strained the orange-sugar liquid into a small saucepan and let it reduce for 20-30 minutes, low and slow.

  • Step 5: Remember that I still didn't know what my final product was, but it didn't stop me from starting a little fire. I added extra brown sugar to the oranges segments and flambeed it with some bourbon, bananas-foster style. My hope was to make the oranges sticky and a couple steps away from burnt.

  • Step 6: The tart needed crunch, so I crushed some almonds and toasted them. Ok, so puff pastry time.. I guess.

  • Step 7: I pulled the dough out of the fridge and the idea hit me. Look at any Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry box and you see this beautiful strawberry napoleon tart. #Inspiration

  • Step 8: I rolled out the dough and used a 2.5 in round cookie cutter and baked them for 18 minutes at 400 degrees F.

  • Step 9: After the pastries cooled down, I whipped some cream and folded in the now-cooled caramel sauce.

  • Step 10: Assembly at last (starting from the bottom)

  • Whipped cream on the plate to stabilize the dessert

  • Half a round of the puffed pastry

  • Orange-Caramel Whipped Cream

  • Whiskey Orange Segments

  • Sprinkling of the Almonds

  • Half a round of the puffed pastry

  • Orange-Caramel Whipped Cream

  • Whiskey Orange Segments

  • Sprinkling of the Almonds

  • Final Puff pastry round dipped in the remaining caramel sauce and topped with almonds

  • Step 11: Call Talal because I didn't think these bad boys were going to stay standing long.

  • Step 12: Quick photos and dig in!

So.. next time life give you oranges.. a lot of oranges, play around with them. Who know what you'll end up with.

At Home

With Talal

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