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Candied Orange Slices with Ganache Dipping Sauce

Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 4 orange quarters and 1 tablespoon ganache)
Because the orange slices are sticky, layer them between sheets of wax paper or parchment paper, and arrange in a small box or glassine bag. Spoon the sauce into a ramekin, and secure with plastic wrap and a ribbon. Include a note to microwave the sauce for 15 seconds and stir before serving. You can also include the subtly flavored orange syrup with the gift and a note to use it for sweetening iced tea, flavoring cocktails, or moistening slices of pound cake.

Ingredients

  • Oranges:
  • 8 (1/4-inch-thick) unpeeled orange slices (about 2 oranges)
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups turbinado sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Dash of salt
  • Ganache:
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 99
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 3.3 g
  • satfat 1.9 g
  • monofat 1.1 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.9 g
  • carbohydrate 18.5 g
  • fiber 1.4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 23 mg
  • calcium 26 mg

How to Make It

  1. To prepare oranges, place orange slices in a medium saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil; drain orange slices on paper towels.

  2. Combine sugars, 1 1/2 cups water, liqueur, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil (do not stir); reduce heat and simmer, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 220° (about 8 minutes). Add orange slices; simmer, without stirring, 45 minutes or until peel becomes translucent. Remove orange slices from syrup with a slotted spoon; drain on parchment paper for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Place on a wire rack, and cool completely. Cut orange slices into quarters.

  3. To prepare ganache, place milk in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute. Add chocolate chips; let stand 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until chocolate melts. Serve orange wedges with ganache.