Oranges in Rum and Caramel

Serving Size: 8
Total Time:

This recipe is an extremely refreshing way to end a meal. It comes from cookbook author Alice Medrich, a member of the online community Food52 , and is based on a classic that she adapted from a 1970s French fashion magazine.


  • 8 navel oranges
  • 0.25 cup dark rum
  • 1 cup sugar


  1. Finely grate the zest of 2 of the oranges. Using a very sharp knife, peel all of the oranges, carefully removing all of the bitter white pith. Slice the oranges into 1/4-inch-thick rounds and arrange them in a large, shallow bowl. Drizzle the rum over the oranges and sprinkle the zest on top.
  2. In a large saucepan, spread the sugar in an even layer. Warm over moderate heat, without stirring, until the sugar starts to melt around the edge, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and shake the pan to mix the dry sugar and melted sugar. Continue to cook over low heat, swirling the pan frequently, until all of the sugar is melted and a dark amber caramel forms. Drizzle the caramel in long, thin lines over the oranges. Let the caramel cool, then serve.

Make Ahead: The finished dish can be covered and refrigerated for 2 days—the caramel drizzled on top may dissolve slightly into the orange juice.

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Recipe Credit: Food52
Image Credit: James Ransom