Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Roasted, Spiced Oranges on Angel Food Cupcakes #12wksxmastreats

A few weeks ago I picked up a package of mandarin oranges at the grocery store because I hadn't had them in a while and thought they sounded good. A few days after that I started thinking about ways I could bake with the oranges to bring out their sweet flavor in the best possible way. I decided that roasting them was something I don't remember seeing before and it would showcase their juicyness. I paired these with angel food cake because I didn't want a cake that was to heavy. I was thinking about a dessert that was light and refreshing while still reminding me of autumn.

One of the things that I love about this recipe is that it's so simple but delicious. I used three oranges but you can use as many as you want. This recipe could easily be doubled or even tripled. I chose angel food cake because I love the angel food cupcakes I have made before, but if you want to pair them with a chocolate cake or yellow cake then I'm sure that would also be delicious. I also prefer a fairly plain cake with these oranges so that their flavor isn't overwhelmed by the flavor of the cake.

As you know, this is week 12 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats! It is a blog hop hosted each year by Brenda at Meal Planning Magic and it's lot of fun to participate in and see what everyone makes each week. For more information for next year you can click here.

Roasted, Spiced Oranges on Angel Food Cupcakes
Makes 9-10 cupcakes

- 3 mandarin oranges (I used Halos)
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves

- Angel Food Cupcakes (or your favorite cake)

1. Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small bowl, stir together the light brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and cloves until smooth.
2. Peel the oranges and pull apart into segments. Gently stir the segments into the brown sugar mixture, stir until coated.
3. Pour into a loaf pan or small baking dish. Bake for 18-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
4. Divide the oranges over the cupcakes or slices of cake. Serve warm.

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