Thursday, 19 June 2008

The Value of Oranges

Oranges originated in Southeast Asia. It is translated in many languages as the Chinese apple.

All citrus trees are of the single genus Citrus, there is only one "superspecies" which includes grapefruit, limes, lemons and oranges. Fruits of all members of the genus Citrus are considered berries because they have many seeds , are fleshy and soft, and derive from a single ovary. So the next time you are asked what your favourite berry is you can say an orange, and that will confuse everyone!

Some of the health benefits of the humble orange include :

1. Antioxidant Protection and Immune Support.
2.Protection against Cardiovascular Disease.
3. Possible Cholesterol-Lowering Benefits.
4. A Very Good Source of fibre.
5. Prevent Kidney Stones.
6. Help Prevent Ulcers and Reduce Risk for Stomach Cancer.
7. Protect Respiratory Health.
8. Protection Against Rheumatoid Arthritis.

But if this is just too much health for you, can can try these saucy little things. They are comforting and refreshing all at the same time.

Orange Puddings

100g soft butter
130g castor sugar
2 eggs
zest of 2 oranges
10ml orange blossom water (optional, but very good)
125g self raising flour
30ml milk
pinch of Salt

30ml Cornflour
100g castor sugar
juice of 2 oranges
boiling water

Preheat oven to 180C
Beat the butter and castor sugar until light.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Stir in the zest.
Fold in the flour, salt, milk and orange water if using.
Pour into a greased 1.5l ovenproof dish.

Mix the cornflour, castor sugar and orange juice in a measuring jug.
Add enough boiling water to reach the 350ml mark, stirring continuously.
Pour the sauce over the batter and bake for 45 minutes.

The sauce that is poured on the top sinks to the bottom, so don't wait too long before serving or the sauce will set into a jelly.Should this happen, place back in the oven until heated through.
You can serve this will a little custard, cream or ice cream and dusted with some icing sugar.


Anonymous said...

We use orange blossom water in many italian desserts. It gives them that something special :)

canarygirl said...

Oh boy, this looks delicious! Clementines are in season now, too.

cook eat FRET said...

orange puddings? how amazing this this recipe...

bookmarked it!

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I love the self-saucing recipes, and this is no exception. Well done.

Ps. I have tagged you for a 30 question MEME!Hope you will play along.

Kevin said...

That orange pudding looks great!

Rose&Thorn said...

Maryann - I love the freshness of Orange blossom water.
Canaryfirl - It is a great ending to a meal.
ceF- Thanks, this is a keeper!
Nina - I love them too.
Kevin - Thank you, we all loved it.

Jeanne said...

These sound wonderful - I love orange flavour and I love individual puddings - so these coudl have my name all over them!

Rose&Thorn said...

Jeanne - They are so easy and like my son said, they taste like an orange sweet.

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