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Oranges in Cardamom Syrup with Honey Whipped Cream


Serves 4-6

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 114

With just five ingredients, this simple dessert comes together in no time.

  • 4 large navel oranges, cut into segments 
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cardamom 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. honey

Drain the orange segments in a strainer set over a medium bowl. Set the segments and juice aside. 

Put the sugar in a small heavy-duty saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring often, until melted and light amber in color, 3 to 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and whisk in the orange juice. The mixture will bubble and clump; whisk until smooth again. Stir in the cardamom.

Put the orange segments in the juice bowl and add the syrup. Toss well. 

In a large bowl, whisk 1 Tbs. of the cream with the honey until smooth. Add the remaining cream and beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes. 

Divide the oranges and syrup among serving bowls. Top with the whipped cream. 


For a delicious variation, try substituting blood oranges for the navel oranges.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 150; Fat (g): fat g 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 4.5; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 23; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 10; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 2;

Photo: Scott Phillips

it is a very nice and easy preparing dessert. it is suitable for busy moms. thanks for sharing

This recipe is a huge hit with my dinner guests. It is a light and satisfying end to a meal. The whipped cream is essential to the success of the dessert. I squeeze with my hands the parts of the oranges left over after segmenting to get all the juice possible. This step gives a nice amount of liquid and adds a great orange taste to the mixture. The sugar syrup does seize after I add the orange juice. I just keep stirring (and yes, it can get a bit messy when you start stirring after the mixture seizes); most of the seized sugar quickly melts into the juice mixture. If clumps remain, I just let them slowly dissolve while the mixture is cooling.

It sounded so good! Alas, I too had the syrup turn into cardamom candy rather than the syrup it was supposed to be. It could be that I didn't add enough orange juice. The recipe is very vague as to how much to add (i.e., oranges can vary in the amount of juice they leave behind). I also found the cardamom flavor too strong for my liking. Perhaps adding more orange juice would resolve both issues. All in all, it was a little bit of a mess to clean up the hardened sugar, so I'm not likely to try this again until I see another review with a tried and true solution.

this taste good but I have tried several times and can not get syrup right. When I put orange juice in melted sugar it immediately hardens and I cannot get it to combine.

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