The winter dessert recipe that will impress all of your guests (even the ones who say that dessert isn’t their thing!)
Perfect after a hearty meal or to serve with a nice afternoon tea! This is one citrus salad you’ll never forget. And it’s so easy!
The only thing you really need is to gather your favorite citrus fruits. For this recipe, we took clementines, grapefruits, and blood oranges.
The first step
Once you’ve decided on your citrus combination (we highly recommend having clementines and grapefruit as a base as it adds the acidity needed to balance with the syrup) it’s time to undress them!
Carefully peel each fruit and remove any veins, so that there is no white skin left on them. Once you’ve done your best, detach them one by one and group them in a nice bowl.
Now it’s time for the syrup -that star of the show. It helps to transform the citrus into a dessert you won’t want to miss.
The syrup is a little more complex than the first part (although peeling citrus isn’t that hard). So here we are, listen carefully!
The second step: the syrup!
So here we are, listen carefully!
1 – press the juice of 2 or 3 fresh oranges and 1 grapefruit.Once this is done put them in a saucepan over low heat and add the scraped out insides of one vanilla bean stalk, delicately removed from the pod. Throw in the pod (to give even more taste), anise stars and one or two sticks of cinnamon, according to your taste.Mix well and season with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or coconut sugar. Bring to a boil and let it reduce.
2 – Meanwhile, put two tablespoons of cornstarch in a bowl and add the 4 tablespoons of water, stirring to obtain a white liquid.
3 – Once the syrup has reduced by 3/4 add the cornstarch water mixture. This mixture will thicken and give the look and texture to your syrup but most of all an unbeatable shine!
As soon as the syrup has thickened, turn off the heat and continue mixing.
The final step for our best and healthy winter dessert
On one side you have your bowl containing all your beautiful citrus wedges and on the other side you have your saucepan containing the shiny syrup! So don’t wait any longer!
Pour all the syrup over your fruits. The vanilla bean, cinnamon and anise go with it. This will give your salad a nice decoration 😉 To finish, there is only one last trick to do: add the coriander. Take a bunch of cilantro and chop it sparingly on top of the salad! The cilantro leaves will bring an unbeatable freshness to your salad and beautiful pop of color!
Wrap the salad bowl and let your salad sit for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. And TADAAA! Just before serving, add a small fresh coriander leaf on top and it’s ready!
Everybody sit down and enjoy this twisted winter citrus salad!