Oranges in caramel

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
180 grams Caster sugar
150 millilitres Water
4 larges Thin-skinned oranges
10 millilitres Cointreau or Grand Marnier
\N \N Whipped cream
\N \N Red berry fruit
\N \N Mint sprigs

TO DECORATE

In a small heavy pan, gently dissolve the sugar in half the water. Stir if necessary. Turn up the heat and bubble the syrup until it turns to caramel (no more than 190C). Brush the sides of the pan with water to prevent crystals forming as it boils and do not stir once the sugar has dissolved.

Pour a little caramel on to a lightly oiled tray or non-stick baking paper, to use later as a decoration. Cover your hand with a cloth and pour the remaining water into the hot caramel. Leave to cool and add the liqueur.

Pare the zest from one orange, cut into needle-like shreds and blanch for 2-3 minutes. Drain. Remove the peel and pith from the oranges. Slice almost through into rounds, and pierce with a cocktail stick to hold the shape, or remove as segments from the membrane.

Serve the oranges on a plate flooded with the caramel sauce. Decorate with your choice of cream, berries, mint, cracked set caramel or shreds of zest.

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