A Symbol of Eternal Friendship
Good with Whipped Cream
In old China, an unpeeled Orange was the symbol of eternal friendship. In modern Hawaii, you might see caramelized Orange Slices at Lauaus, barbecues or other parties. They get served by themselves, as an accompaniment to meats, or as part of dessert, with Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream. The recipe comes from a Chinese method of caramelizing fruits.
Caramelized Orange Slices
3 large Navel Oranges
2 tablespoons Salt
2/3 cup Water
1½ cups Sugar
1/3 cup light Corn Syrup
1/3 cup White Wine Vinegar
Sweetened Whipped Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream, optional
First, put the whole Oranges in a saucepan. Cover them with cold Water. Stir in the Salt. Bring to the boil and boil for 30 minutes. Drain them well. Return the Oranges to the saucepan and cover with cold water, then let them sand 30 minutes. Drain the Oranges again and let them sand until completely cool, which will take about another half hour.
When ready to complete the dish, preheat the oven to slow, 325° Fahrenheit.
Combine the 2/3 cup Water with the Sugar, Corn Syrup and Vinegar in a large saucepan. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Take the Oranges out and cut each Orange crosswise into 6 slices and return the slices to the Syrup. Increasete the heat and boil themn about 15 minutes. Do not let the mixtue become too thick.
Next pour the Oranges and their Syrup into a pan, like a jelly-roll pan, about 15 by 10 inches by 1 inch.
Bake these slices in a preheated slow oven, 325° for an hour. Cool the slices and serve chilled by themselves as a relish to grilled meats and barbecues or as part of the dessert accompanied by Whipping Cream or Vanilla Ice Cream if you prefer.
This recipe makes about 6 servings as a main dessert component, or more if a barbecue side dish.