Sunday, September 6, 2009

Orange Juice Reduction (O.J. Thick Syrup)




Since I am not particularly fond of store bought sauces and syrups- not because I don't like the taste, but because I cannot control what goes in them- I made my own version of orange juice reduction, which is a honey-like orange syrup.
I do not think you can find a recipe for it out there, as I could not find one myself, but you can always give it your best shot - or - try mine instead.
I wanted to have this in the fridge, handy for drizzling on cakes, cookies and other good stuff.

Ingredients:
12 oz orange concentrate (1 can frozen concentrate which has 355 ml)
2 heaping TBSP white sugar
2 TBSP honey
4-7 TBSP powder sugar (confectioner's sugar, cause it has a tiny amount of cornstarch in it)
***love and patience go in as well

Directions:
Choose a medium size saucepan.
If you have the frozen concentrate fresh out of the freezer, you will need to keep it (the can) in warm or hot water for a couple of minutes to loosen up the frosty edges - so when you open the can the block of frozen concentrate comes right out.
Ok, so place the orange juice in the saucepan along with he white sugar, honey and some of the powder sugar.


Bring to a boil, stirring a bit and then when it hits the boiling point reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10 to 20 minutes.


Stir only every now and then and you will be able to tell it is ready when it achieves a slightly darker color, looks like honey and it has reduced in volume.




I got 1 cup of orange juice reduction (I poured it in a measuring cup to make sure and out of the 355 ml plus the sugar I got 230 ml at the end) and when it cooled down I poured it in a sauce dispenser.

You know, like the mustard or ketchup sometimes comes in.
Here it is drizzled over some hot oatmeal.

10 comments:

  1. I can see Quaker selling these flavor packets orange, strawberry, cinnamon etc. with there oatmeal. Awesome!

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  2. I like the cinnamon variety of quick cooking oatmeal, but the oatmeat in the picture is just old fashion rolled oats with milk and orange drizzle.
    Have a bite.

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  3. I can see Quaker selling drizzle packets to flavor oatmeal. I think you have a great idea. If I could buy a drizzle packet from you I would, I mean it.

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  4. That dark amber color looks so beautiful! I sometimes make this and drizzle it over french toast, heavenly!

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  5. Dark amber is the right name for this thick syrup.

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  8. You could also use this sauce in a fennel salad dressing, or with pepper for baked fennel, lovely.

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  9. this sounds delish! do you think it would be good in a thai recipe w/ buckwheat noodles? it calls for orange juice to be reduced but it just doesn't taste as great as I think it can. almost, but not quite. or is this more of a desert type orange sauce...thanks! ps. is that Jenna (Southern Charm)?

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