In Season for February: Marinated Blood Orange Dessert

Posted on February 13th, 2017

In Season February Recipe: Marinated Blood Orange DessertPhoto Credit: Williams-Sonoma

Not much of a baker? This dish proves that a delicious dessert doesn’t have to be a decadent, complicated affair. Showcasing the brilliant color and bright tang of seasonal blood oranges with a sweet, boozy twist; this eye-catching, super-simple dessert is the perfect finale to any Winter dinner. Prepare this dish in advance and assemble just before serving for maximum flavors and minimum hassle.

A word of caution: the juice of this show-stopping citrus stains all that it touches a brilliant red so be sure to wear an apron if you’re wearing something nice for dinner.

Marinated Blood Orange Dessert
(serves 2)


  • 1 lb blood oranges
  • 1 oz orange liqueur (such as Tuaca or Grand Marnier)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut a thin slice off both ends of each orange, then cut away the peel and bitter white pith, following the fruit’s curve. Holding the fruit over a bowl, cut on either side of each segment to free it from the membrane, letting the segments and juices fall into the bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice, sugar and orange liqueur. Pour the mixture over the orange segments and toss gently to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.
  4. Spoon the fruit and syrup into small bowls or glasses and serve immediately.

This recipe was adapted from “Healthy in a Hurry” by Karen Ansel, MS, RD and Charity Ferreira. Get the full recipe, technique tips, and serving suggestions on the Williams-Sonoma website.

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Why Cook “In Season?”
Cooking with fresh and seasonal ingredients is a tasty way to be good to your body. Not only are there fewer miles traveled from the farm to your plate, but it can be a great way to save money while reducing your carbon footprint. Each month, we ask the cooking experts at Williams-Sonoma to fill us in on the tastiest recipes utilizing the freshest produce of the season. Check out what’s on the menu every month month in our In Season series. And, before you start cooking, don’t forget to stop by the Organic Market to pick up the freshest fruits, vegetables, and other local and organic ingredients to make your recipes pop!

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