These juicy spiced oranges go beautifully with angel food cake or serve them on their own. This flavor of this compote improves with time so make it a day ahead or the morning of your party. Serve chilled in a clear bowl so the colors show through.

Peggy Knickerbocker
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2007
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Use a 5-hole zester to remove zest from oranges into long, thin, spindly strips (see Variation). Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the zest to the boiling water and cook for 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a small strainer (reserve the cooking liquid). Rinse with cold water; separate and drain on a paper towel.

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  • Stir sugar into the reserved cooking liquid; bring to a simmer. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise; scrape the seeds into the sugar water and add the pod along with cinnamon stick, cloves and star anise. Continue to simmer until the sauce reduces to 1/2 cup and thickens slightly, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • Meanwhile, slice off an end of each orange so they stand upright steadily. In careful sculpting slices, remove all the remaining peel and white pith from the oranges with a very sharp knife. Slice the peeled oranges into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Remove any extraneous pith or rind and any stray seeds.

  • Discard the vanilla pod and whole spices. Stir the zest into the sauce. Layer the orange slices in a serving bowl, spooning the sauce between layers to distribute the zest evenly throughout.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Variation: If you don't have a 5-hole zester, use a vegetable peeler to remove long strips of the outer skin (zest) of the orange. Cut the zest into thin slivers.

Nutrition Facts

61 calories; protein 0.7g 1% DV; carbohydrates 15.4g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.8g 7% DV; sugars 13.5g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 172.8IU 4% DV; vitamin c 40.9mg 68% DV; folate 23mcg 6% DV; calcium 32.2mg 3% DV; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 8.1mg 3% DV; potassium 139.6mg 4% DV; sodium 1.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV.