If you’re looking for a twist on the traditional Christmas dishes, consider some orange recipes. They pack a seasonal punch but with a crisper, lighter flavour than your average stodgy seasonal fare. They may look summery, but many recipes for oranges work well with the classic Christmas spices.
Orange recipes for Christmas – Cranberry, orange and walnut loaf
- 250g plain flour
- 150g golden caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g fresh or dried cranberries, chopped
- 50g walnuts, chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 180ml orange juice
- 1 tbsp grated orange zest
Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease and line a 23cm loaf tin.
Add the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cranberries and walnuts to a large mixing bowl and stir until well combined and the cranberries are coated with the flour. In another mixing bowl, stir together the egg, vegetable oil, orange juice and zest then pour into the dry ingredients. Stir until combined and pour into the loaf tin.
Bake for 45-50 minutes. The loaf is cooked when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside for 10 minutes, then remove the loaf from the tin and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
Orange recipes for Christmas – Orange and cinnamon pastry mince pies
- 225g plain flour
- 4 tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 150g unsalted butter, softened
- 2tbsp grated orange zest
- 4 tbsp cold water
- 200g mincemeat
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 200ºC and lightly grease an 18 hole baking tray.
Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl and add the icing sugar, cinnamon and butter. Rub in the flour until the mixture achieves a fine breadcrumb texture. Mix in the orange zest and cold water, then pull the dough together into a ball. Roll the dough out to a thickness of about 5mm on a lightly floured surface. Use a 7cm pastry cutter to make 18 discs and a star shaped cutter to make 18 stars of about 5cm width.
Use the larger discs to line the holes in the baking tray and fill each with about a tablespoon of mincemeat. Top each pie with a star shaped lid and brush with a little beaten egg.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the pies are golden brown on top. Allow to cool on a wire rack and serve dusted with icing sugar.