Last month when I posted about my batch of limoncello, velosewer commented that she would love to make limoncello too but she only had oranges... of course my brain instantly leapt to exciting new possibilities; thank you so much for the fabulous inspiration velosewer! It's been brewing for the last month and is finally ready for its debut :)
This liqueur is based on the recipe I used for limoncello, but I substituted oranges instead. Since I've never heard of this before, which I concede does not mean it does not exist, somewhere, but still, it's new to me: I am claiming the right to give it a name. And since "arancia" is Italian for "orange" just like "limone" is Italian for "lemon": thus "aranciello" Pronounced the Italian way naturally... ah-rahn-chel-lo. Si?
Place the oranges in a saucepan and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 1 hour to soak. Drain and pat dry. Finely grate the oranges, and combine the rind and vodka in a jug. (You don't use the juice from the oranges in this recipe, but obviously they can be juiced and the juice can still be used somewhere; waste not want not :) )
Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over a low heat, stirring for 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium and bring to the boil. Cook without stirring for 5 minutes, or until the syrup begins to thicken. Set aside to cool.
Add cool syrup to the vodka mixture and pour into an airtight container. Seal and store in a cool, dark place, shaking occasionally, for 1 month to develop the flavours.
Strain the vodka mixture through a fine sieve, into a clean sterilised airtight bottle. Discard the rind.
Note: This liqueur must be served well chilled. Place it in the freezer for 1 hour before serving.
Now of course, I did not actually discard the vodka-soaked rind after straining, any more than I did the vodka-soaked lemon rind when I made the limoncello last month. Quelle horreur! Anyone who reads this blog will know that I am a mad anti-waste crusader...
Each time, I've saved the rind and used it to make a raaather decadent, adults-only cake...
I can add in the recipe for this if anyone really wants it, but really it is just a basic common-or-garden butter cake with the vodka-soaked rind added at the butter/sugar creaming stage; easy peasy... but tres delish!
Oh, in random blogging news, today is the third anniversary of my funny lil' ol' blog here. I've managed to not click on that "delete blog" button all this time! (wipes sweat off the ol' brow)
Here's to avoiding that hairy one for a few more years yet.... I'm mentally chinking aranciello-filled glasses with y'all right now :))