What do you get when you cross orange salad with tiramisu? In my case, you get something a lot like a very orangey, boozy, rich, trifle. Which I choose to call ‘orange me up’, because tiramisu means ‘pick me up’, and I find the phrase ‘orange me up’ amusing. And I was feeling decidedly oranged-up after eating this. Though ‘Orangey Sue’ also has a certain silly appeal.
This, incidentally, is what happens when I try to make a light, healthy dessert. I do fine at moderately healthy fruity desserts, such as fruit crumbles or fruit pies or balsamic strawberries with mascarpone, and sometimes I even like fruit salads, but there is something about the whole fruit-in-fruit-syrup that just brings out the worst in me. I can’t leave it alone. It’s not a proper dessert.
But… there I was, with no idea what to make for dessert, and I saw this recipe in Cook Simple for citrus fruits in orange and rosemary syrup, and it had blood oranges (which I have from the market), oranges (of which I have a tree full), lemons (ditto), rosemary (which I have in my garden) and grapefruit (which are certainy in season)! Clearly, this was the way to go. The recipe suggested serving it with crême fraiche and almond biscuits. I started enthusiastically planning acts of Extreme Biscuit Baking, but realised that with guests only an hour away and dinner not really made, this would be a bad idea. And then the supermarket had sponge fingers on special, and I thought, hey, mascarpone is better than crême fraiche, and also, mascarpone + sponge fingers = tiramisu! Which is way, way, too rich, and moreover has coffee in it (ugh!), but oranges would cut the richness…
And here we are. This recipe makes enough to feed at least 8 people, and would probably be better spread around 12. I suspect it would stretch to 16, especially if you made a little more of the orange salad.
Your Shopping List500 ml fresh orange juice 200 ml water 175 g white sugar 3 sprigs rosemary juice of 1/2 a lemon 2 oranges 3 blood oranges 1 pink grapefruit 2 tangellos 175 g sponge finger biscuits 50 ml grand marnier 125 ml semi-sweet sherry 250 ml fresh orange juice 250 g mascarpone 250 g ricotta (the softer kind that comes in a tub) 2 tablespoons caster sugar, or to taste 50 g good dark chocolate