Sunday, February 21, 2016

Blood Orange Slices - Cookbook Countdown

For my final recipe from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking, the book I'm cooking from this month for Cookbook Countdown, I delved into the desserts chapter. I was in the mood for something fruity and Marcella offered many options.
I finally chose Macerated Orange Slices, a super-simple treatment that involved sprinkling sliced oranges (rind and pith removed) with the zest and juice of a lemon, sugar and freshly squeezed orange juice and allowing the ingredients time to meld.
It seemed appropriate to use Italian blood oranges, which I was fortunate to have tasted for the first time in Italy many, many years ago. Apart from being shocked by their colour - at the time, I didn't know they even existed - I thought them the best oranges I'd ever had....incredibly juicy and flavourful, and sweet with a hint of bitterness that made them all the more refreshing. This dessert approximated that experience for me as no other has.
And so ends my exploration of this book, for now; there are still many more recipes I need to try. (Can you believe I cooked from an Italian cookbook and didn't make pasta?!!). Thank you Emily and Joyce for starting this challenge, motivating me to cook through my books.

I'm linking this post to Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily's Cooking (Makan2) Foray.  


  1. Hi Zosia,
    What a pretty fruity jewel of a dessert! I have never tried blood oranges before. Have not seen them sold anywhere. I have been looking out for them for so long. I'm so envious each time I see a recipe using blood oranges! I'm glad that CC has motivated you to use your cookbooks! Thanks for linking!

  2. Thanks for introducing Marcella's book to us all. I am thrilled that there is more to Italian cuisine other than pasta!

    Have you decided on your next cookbook? I am having lots of trouble deciding!

    1. I'm debating between two it Portuguese or Spanish cuisine that's calling to me...

  3. Perfect ending to a great recipe selection from Hazan.


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