Tapioca, rice pudding, bread pudding, & custard are some of the most loved comfort-food desserts. Easy to make, not super sweet, and good for you at the same time. To serve any of these desserts for a special occasion add a spoonful of this compote to add some colour and a bit of zing without overwhelming the gentle quality of the dessert. It would probably work well on a bowl of rich vanilla ice cream as well.
Enough for 12
6 navel oranges
¼ c sugar
¼ c water
1” piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
1 cinnamon stick
Optional: 2T Grand Marnier Liqueur
Segment the oranges:
Stand on one end on a cutting surface, and using a sharp knife, cut away the peel in strips down to the base. Curving the knife to work closely to the round outline of the orange. You will be leaving a very thin slice of orange attached to the peel. This is so you’ve cut away the membrane from the outside of the orange.
Holding the orange over a bowl, slice between the orange segment and its membrane. Put the segments into a bowl as you work.
For this recipe, the orange juice won’t be used. So I do what any smart person would do. I drink the juice. Just to keep the clutter down in the fridge.
In a small saucepan, bring the water, sugar, ginger and cinnamon to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Continue to boil until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Add in Grand Marnier if using.
Pour this over the prepared orange segments.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
To serve, arrange the orange slices and a bit of syrup on top of your dessert. The ginger pieces are really yummy, but can have quite a kick of heat, so you might not want to put them on your guests’ desserts. Best to save them for yourself. For later.