Mini orange trifles with candied carrots

Rachel Khoos mini orange trifles are served in the orange skin for a fun dinner party dessert idea
By Rachel Khoo
Mini orange trifles with candied carrots
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus 4 hours chilling
  • Effort: medium

Ingredients

For the candied carrots

  • 200 g carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 150 g caster sugar

For the orange jelly

  • 2 large oranges
  • 2 gelatine leaves

For the meringue topping

  • 2 eggs, white only
  • 110 g caster sugar

Tips and Suggestions

Be careful with the temperature of your liquid for melting the gelatine. You need some heat to help it dissolve, but do not boil as it will not be effective.

Method

1. For the candied carrots: Place the carrots, sugar and 150ml of water in a large saucepan and place over a gently heat. Stirring occasionally to help melt the sugar, bring to the boil and then simmer for around 10 minutes so that they look shiny. Drain them straight away in a sieve thats set over a bowl, drain the syrup from the carrots and reserve both.

2. Halve the oranges and juice them carefully. You want to maintain their shape as they will act as the jelly containers. Strain the juice through a sieve and set to one side.

3. Use a teaspoon to scoop or pull the inside membrane out of the orange halves, until you are left with just a thin layer of pith and the skin. Take a little slice out of the base of each orange half so that it sits upright.

4. For the jelly: Soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 5 minutes. Meanwhile mix the carrot syrup with the squeezed orange juice, and place in a small saucepan and heat very gently until just warm (not hot), squeeze out the soaked gelatin sheets and stir them into the jelly liquid, keep stirring until dissolved.

5. Mould some aluminium foil around the base of the orange to help make them sit straight. Place on a tray and take them to the fridge with the jelly mixture pour the jelly into the moulds while theyre on the fridge shelf so you minimise how far you need to move the filled jelly moulds.

6. Divide some of the candied carrots between the orange skins. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

7. For the meringue: When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 110C/90C fan/gas ΒΌ. Spread the sugar out on a baking tray and place in the oven for about 10 minutes. Whisk the eggs until frothy and add the hot sugar, one spoonful at a time, until thoroughly incorporated. Continue to whisk until totally cool and glossy.

8. Place the meringue in a piping bag and snip off the end to create an opening about 3 cm in diameter. Pipe a large dollop of meringue onto the top of each orange jelly. Use a blowtorch to lightly brown the tip of the meringue. Decorate with a few strips of the candied carrot.

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