Emma Crowhurst: Be original with oranges

PUBLISHED: 09:28 07 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:28 07 February 2014

Emma Crowhurst's orange compote

Emma Crowhurst's orange compote


Emma Crowhurst, chef, writer, cookery teacher

Four orange compote


2 navel oranges

2 tangerines

2 blood oranges

1 Seville orange

about a teaspoon of cornflour or arrowroot

a little sugar or honey to taste


Wash and lightly zest all the oranges using a grater or zester. Top, tail and peel all the oranges with a sharp knife, except the Seville which can be halved and juiced.

Segment the oranges, catch the juice and place the segments into a glass bowl. Place the juice and zest in to a small pan. Warm the juice and bring to the boil, mix the cornflour or arrowroot with a little cold water to blend. Pour about half the liquid into the now boiling juice and stir until thickened. It should coat the back of the spoon, add a little more if necessary. Allow to cool and then mix with the segments. Chill and season with sugar or honey if desired.

Oranges are still at their best for a few weeks, including Seville oranges which usually disappear half way through February.

Here is a seasonal way to create a delicious classic pudding - my sticky toffee pudding cake is served with a four orange compote. Blood orange, navel and tangerine are all segmented and the pulp squeezed, then 
the juice is thickened with a little arrowroot or cornflour and grated zest of Seville orange provides an amazing tang to the compote.

My sticky toffee pudding is made with soft plump dates soaked in an infusion of delicious tea.

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You can stir the tea in your cup to get the most natural infusion - there’s no horrid squeezing and no drips when you lift it from the cup. There are some amazing flavours as well as the more traditional, including vanilla peach and my favourite black tea with apple cinnamon.

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