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Magic oranges

This is a firm favourite for puddings and most of the hard work can be done in advance.  If one ignores the large amount of sugar used, it is actually quite healthy.  And the adult in charge can decide just how much sugar to use.  The sugar turning to caramel is what is magic to the children; the awe and wonder in their eyes as they watch is what makes it magical for me.  One word of warning: making the magical caramel can be dangerous as the sugar really does spit.  
  • 3 oranges, soaked in hot water if time, peeled, pithed and sliced elegantly
  • caster sugar - as much as the adult in charge thinks they or the children deserve
  • splash hot water

  1. Soak the oranges in hot water for 10 minutes or so to soften the peel if you have time. If not do not worry. Peel and pith the oranges, slice elegantly and then arrange on a nice plate.  Leave until ready to serve.
  2. In a saucepan melt a generous helping of sugar over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally. 
  3. When it has melted to a golden brown, but not burned, remove from heat and leave for a minute to cool.
  4. Now the 'magic' begins: add a splash of hot water to the pan, stirring well and being very careful as the sugar will spit out at you. Keep all small bellies far enough away.  
  5. Immediately pour the caramel mixture over the oranges, before it has a chance to set. It will harden almost straight away. 
  6. Serve and make sure to divide the precious caramel equally between those small and amazed bellies.  If you leave it too long before serving the caramel will dissolve, but you will have super sweet oranges in consolation