Bakers' Tip: Segmenting citrus fruit (removing the membranes so just fruit is left) makes it seem juicier and more tender.
12 to 14 medium oranges*
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. Grand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur (or orange juice), divided
12 ounces mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup whipping cream
3/4 cup good-quality marmalade, divided
2 loaves (10.75 oz. each) pound cake, cut into 1/2-in. slices
How to Make It
Zest 5 oranges using fine side of a box grater or a razor-sharp grater, such as a Microplane; set zest aside. With a serrated knife, cut ends off all oranges. Set 1 orange cut side down on a cutting board. Following the curve of the fruit, cut off peel and white pith. Working over a strainer set in a bowl, slice next to each thin white membrane into the center of the orange, releasing segments of orange into strainer and leaving membranes behind. Squeeze juice from membranes into strainer and discard them. Repeat with remaining oranges until you have 4 cups segments and 1/2 cup juice (save remainder of both for other uses); put in separate bowls.
Add zest and 1/2 cup liqueur to bowl of juice and set aside.
In a stand mixer, combine mascarpone and cream and whisk until stiff peaks form. Add 1/2 cup marmalade and whisk to blend.
Arrange a third of the pound cake slices evenly in the bottom of a 3-qt. trifle bowl or other straight-sided bowl. Using a pastry brush, soak cake with 1/4 cup liqueur mixture. Dollop a third of the marmalade cream on top of cake. Arrange 1 cup orange segments over cream, making sure widest part of segments lies against the side of the bowl. Repeat with 1 more layer of cake, pressing down on it slightly before layering on same amounts of liqueur mixture, cream, and oranges. Arrange last layer of cake, drizzle with remaining liqueur mixture, smooth remaining third of the cream level over cake, and arrange remaining 2 cups oranges in a decorative spiral.
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat remaining 1/4 cup marmalade with remaining 1 tbsp. liqueur until hot; stir to combine. Brush warm marmalade over orange slices. Chill until ready to serve.
*You can use any combination of orange varieties, including blood oranges, or stick to just one, as we did here with Valencia oranges.
Make ahead: Zest, segments, or entire trifle can be made 1 day ahead.
Considering how long it took to prepare this I was very disappointed. I even made my own gluten free pound cake, which was delicious, but the amount of Grand Marnier comes across as much too strong. It needs to be deluted with something else. For example... in tiramisu you mix the rum with espresso. Could have potential, but needs to be tweaked.
I made this for a holiday dinner party. Everyone loved it and I would definitely make it again. I used some blood oranges as well as navel and Valencia. The red segments were beautiful on top. This takes much more than 1 hour to prepare due to the orange segment preparation.
Made as a delicious alternative to pumpkin pie for Turkey Day. Planning already to make for Christmas. Some notes:
1. Took THREE HOURS to make! (Segmenting all those dratted oranges!)
2. Do not whip cream and mascarpone separately planning to fold them together (ha!); stir solid mascarpone into liquid cream until dissolved and thick as custard, then whisk by hand until you get SOFT PEAKS only. It will continue to stiffen a bit when you mix in the marmalade and spread it in the bowl.
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