Showing posts with label English Bishop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label English Bishop. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Oranges Roasting on an Open Fire

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This is the season of Tiny Tim and quaint olde English customs. When I was writing THE DIVA WRAPS IT UP, I was looking for a punch recipe that would be wonderful for the holidays and stumbled upon English Bishop. But most of the recipes for it begin like this – roast two oranges over the fire. Isn't that charming? Can't you just envision people cooking over the fire? In reality, it probably wasn't all that lovely to have to cook over a fire, but I think it does say something about the age of English Bishop.

In some ways this doesn't feel like much of a recipe. And I have to say that the photos are pretty boring because, well, it looks like orange tea. But when you need a recipe for a party, if you're like me, you can waste hours looking for just the right thing – and then still worry about whether it will be any good, so I decided to post it today.

A lot of us have fires going right now, so roast your oranges over the fire if you like. Turns out they roast every bit as well (maybe better!) in the oven. And let me just add here that if you're selling your house, forget baking chocolate chip cookies for the right aromatic ambiance.
Pop a couple of oranges in the oven to roast. You won't believe how wonderful they smell!

I have to say that this updated recipe was a huge hit with my friends and family. It's my new go-to drink for holiday guests. Alas, it's not for kids, but the adults will love it, whether it's for a neighborhood party or just family on Christmas Eve. And it's actually very easy to make.

I assume you could make a virgin version without rum or Grand Marnier but I haven't tried. Grand Marnier is pretty sweet, so it may need some sugar. Taste it to see!

English Bishop
(modern version)

2 oranges
2 cups apple juice or apple cider
2 cups cranberry juice (if using Ocean Spray use original version)
1 cup rum
1/4 to 1/2 cup Grand Marnier
pinch of cloves (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the oranges in a pan and roast 20-30 minutes. Combine all the other ingredients in a pot. Slice the roasted oranges and add them to the liquid. Heat but do not boil. Serve with a slice of orange in each cup or mug.

If making a larger quantity for a party punch, you may wish to float clove-studded oranges in it.

Don't worry about the little "burned" spot.

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