Baking with the seasons is a great way to ensure your bakes are bursting with flavour, not to mention keeping your recipes full of variety. For January, we’re taking a closer look at the vibrant blood orange. A fruit which adds a sharp, tangy contrast in any sweet recipe, this delicious orange is perfect for paring with sugary syrups and sticky caramel. And it’s not just the blood orange flavour that makes it so popular. Adding a vivid splash of colour to almost any bake, we’ve picked out three brilliant blood orange recipes we want to try this season.
1. Blood orange tart
Tangy, caramelised blood orange slices paired with a citrus filling, this zesty tart is sure to get your customers’ attention! Combine sugar, blood orange juice, zest and orange blossom water with eggs and egg yolks, then add in butter over a gentle heat. Once the mixture has thickened, pour the tart filling into a precooked sweetened shortcrust pastry case and leave to cool. Arrange blood orange slices over the top, sprinkle with demerara sugar, then use a blowtorch to create a caramelised effect. A dessert sure to brighten up any January day, serve this treat with rich vanilla custard or double cream.
2. Blood orange doughnuts
Forget strawberry jam and custard, doughnuts at this time of year are all about getting your fix of citrus! The best thing about these doughnuts is that you don’t need any artificial colourings to get the vivid pink hue into your glaze – blood oranges provide that all on their own. Cover your doughnuts in the vibrant, fruity icing, before decorating them with candied blood orange slices. Although these sweet treats look more like they belong in a summer selection, these seasonal doughnuts are in fact a winter indulgence – adding a much needed splash of colour to your menu!
3. Blood orange loaf cake
If doughnuts don’t take your fancy, why not indulge your customers with a delicious blood orange loaf cake instead? Swap your usual lemon drizzle recipe to include the zest and juice of blood oranges for a modern twist on one of our favourite citrus classics. Skewer your blood orange flavoured sponge then drizzle the blood orange syrup over the cake and leave it to cool. Finish your bake by coating the top with an orange glaze and decorate with candied blood orange slices to complete the effect.
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