Oranges For Dessert: 10 Recipes That Bring On The Sunshine
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Oranges are at their peak shape, form and flavor right now. Don't take them for granted because they're available year-round at the supermarket -- their season is actually in winter. We love them as snacks or for breakfast, but oranges can be turned into desserts too. Whether you cut them up to make a fruit salad or use the juice and zest for a moist cake recipe, oranges offer many options for making sweet treats.
The following collection of recipes gives you some ideas for creating orange desserts. You'll find recipes for cookies, cakes, yeast buns, cupcakes and even a mousse. All the recipes utilize the juice and zest of the citrus fruit in one form or another, whether in a cake batter or glaze. One recipe even uses the entire orange, pith and all, to create a sweet topping for desserts.
What's your favorite way to enjoy oranges? Leave a comment below.
Lemon-Orange Loaf Cake
This simple cake uses both the juice and the zest of an orange and a lemon -- the zest goes in the cake batter and the juice goes making the glaze. The addition of yogurt to the recipe ensures a moist and tender cake. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lemon-orange-loaf_n_1056832.html" target="_hplink">Lemon-Orange Loaf Cake</a> recipe</strong>
These caramelized orange slices make a sweet topping for chocolate cake, French toast or even ice cream. To get the strong bitterness out of the oranges, you'll need to boil them three times. Then prepare the caramel and add the sliced oranges. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramel-oranges_n_1059385.html" target="_hplink">Caramel Oranges</a> recipe</strong>
The zest and juice of an orange gives these chocolate chip cupcakes a bright flavor. The recipe doesn't use any leavening -- beat the egg yolks and whites separately to ensure the cupcakes rise. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-chocolate-cupcakes_n_1057489.html" target="_hplink">Orange-Chocolate Cupcakes</a> recipe</strong>
Orange Crisps With Citrus Fruit Salad
These thin, crisp cookies make a lovely pairing with citrus fruit salad or even just a cup of tea. Orange zest and juice lend a fresh flavor that make the cookies hard to resist. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-crisps-with-citrus_n_1049662.html" target="_hplink">Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad</a> recipe</strong>
This simple dessert can serve as a breakfast fruit salad or dessert. Simply toss orange slices in some extra orange juice and lemon juice, and sugar and cinnamon. You could also use it as a topping on cake. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cinnamon-oranges_n_1050032.html" target="_hplink">Cinnamon Oranges</a> recipe</strong>
Lemon-And-Orange-Glazed Pound Cake
This rich and dense pound cake is baked in a Bundt pan to give it a festive look. Both the batter and the glaze have lemon and orange zest and juice to ensure a citrus punch. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/lemon-and-orange-glazed-p_n_1059197.html" target="_hplink">Lemon-and-Orange-Glazed Pound Cake</a> recipe</strong>
Cranberry-Orange Fruit Bars
These bar cookies are sweet, tart, tender and crumbly. They're packed with orange segments and cranberries -- feel free to use fresh or frozen in the recipe. The recipe is made with whole-wheat pastry flour and chopped nuts to help create the perfect texture. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/cranberry-orange-fruit-ba_n_1062269.html" target="_hplink">Cranberry-Orange Fruit Bars</a> recipe</strong>
Citrus-Granita And Orange-Mousse Parfaits
Citrus flavors wind their way through both components of this dessert: the granita and the mousse. Layer the granita with the mousse in dessert glasses and freeze to firm up. Garnish with additional orange zest and chopped almonds. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/citrus-granita-and-orange_n_1058328.html" target="_hplink">Citrus-Granita and Orange-Mousse Parfaits</a> recipe</strong>
Orange Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are a classic Easter treat, but that doesn't mean you can't make them all year round. This recipe features the sweet flavor of oranges, using both the juice and the zest. The buns are also studded with raisins and glazed with sugar to create the classic cross on top. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-hot-cross-buns_n_1061431.html" target="_hplink">Orange Hot Cross Buns</a> recipe</strong>
Citrus Ginger Cake With Spiced Orange Compote
This citrus cake relies entirely on orange juice and zest to give it that bright flavor. Crystallized ginger helps enhance it even further. The batter uses honey instead of sugar as its sweetener and olive oil instead of butter. The result is a super moist cake. Serve with orange compote. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/citrus-ginger-cake-with-s_n_1061621.html" target="_hplink">Citrus Ginger Cake with Spiced Orange Compote</a> recipe</strong>
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