Buttered Oranges and Fruit-like Guns

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“ He opened the cabinet where the ammunition was kept and loaded six bullets into the chamber.  He supposed that one would be enough, but who knew what might happen.  After all, he had never killed himself before.  Then he tucked the gun, wrapped in a cloth, inside his coat pocket¸ as though it were a piece of fruit he was taking with him to eat later on a stroll.”  From The Map of Time by Felix J Palma

Do you get the feeling this is not the narrative of a successful suicide?  Incidentally, this is also not the blogging of a successful kitchen night.

You could not tuck this fruit in your pocket to eat later on a stroll, but it seemed like such a lovely recipe to start my blog.  Maybe I’ll try it again sometime.

5 oranges

4 tbsp sugar

6 egg yolks

2 tsp cachaca

1 stick butter, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 cup heavy cream

½ tsp vanilla


Whip the cream and the vanilla (you may also add a pinch of sugar) and set aside.


Scoop the insides out of 4 oranges, being careful not to break through the peel.  Run the scooped out fruit through a sieve and reserve the juices.  Zest and juice the 5th orange, adding the juice to the other juices.  Mix the juice, sugar, and egg yolk in a double boiler and whisk over low heat.  This will create a frothy top and should begin to thicken on the bottom after several minutes.  I don’t have a double boiler but it would have come in really handy.  I improvised poorly by placing a Pyrex dish in a pot of water.  This led to much splashing of water into my juice mixture, which I correctly assumed was a bad thing.  When the custard has thickened, remove the top portion of the double boiler and submerge it in cold water to cool, whisking the whole time.  Add the cachaca and continue whisking.  When the custard has cooled, (not while it’s still warm), add the butter one cube at a time by “mashing” it into the mixture.

 Fold the whipped cream in and add the orange zest.  Portion the mixture into the orange peel shells and chill overnight.

As I suspected, my mixture did not set.  Maybe I can dump it all into my ice cream maker and make some sherbet?


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