Winter and oranges go hand in hand and they are literally inseparable . Looking back, there are so many memories of oranges which come to my mind . The concept of this post started from one of the conversations with Madhushree and we took a journey back to our childhood to share and relive in each others orangish memories .
1. Colour and fruit – One of the earliest memories of orange is perhaps – O for orange , just like A for Apple . This is perhaps the only fruit which also resembles a colour . So you have crayons and sketch pens for drawing which will inevitably have an orange shade . There will be dress materials and balloons which will be orange in colour and so on . The occurance happens in so many ways that its tough not to remember this food.
2. Handle with care – One day my mother was reprimanding Tugga for throwing oranges and explaining to him that it will become bitter. I realised then that even I must have done so when I was a child and my mother agreed. Most of the children love to play with Oranges. With time, kids start throwing them around, almost treating it like a ball .
3. Peeling the Orange Skin – As kids initially we were offered only segmented oranges. As we grew up, slowly the trust and reliability grew on us and we were allowed to peel the oranges. Slowly the challenge was how quickly and neatly one could peel an orange and get into the business end of the activity .
4. A little squeeze and few tear drops- I guess the greatest thrill of the orange was in squeezing the zest in front of your friend’s or sibling’s eyes. It would burn and most of the time we would end up wither crying or fighting. However, it was the ultimate fun…
5. Winter afternoons – Every afternoon, when I would come back from school, have my lunch and just before going out to play, it was almost a ritual to have an orange. The entire house would smell of oranges, since everyone would be having oranges post lunch. So, winter afternoons have forever been associated with oranges in my brain.
Speaking of oranges heres a quick simple recipe of Orange Swiss Roll with Whipped cream . Over to Madhushree.
Orange Swiss Roll with Whipped Cream and Orange Marmalade Filling
Prep Time: 40 minutes plus freezing time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
|Eggs||4||Caster Sugar||100 gms plus 3 tbsp|
|Flour||100 gms||Baking Powder||1 tsp|
|Heavy Whipping Cream||1 ½ cup||Orange Marmalade||1 small bottle( abt 200 gm)|
|Orange Zest||1 tbsp|
This recipe is inspired from a classic arctic roll. I did not have any ice cream at home, so I thought of using whipping cream instead. Winters and oranges go hand in hand, hence the use of oranges. It turned out to be a perfect dessert recipe.
The first thing you need to do is whip up the heavy cream with a tbsp of sugar into stiff peaks. Then take parchment paper and use a spoon to drop blobs of the stiff cream in a line on the parchment paper. Use the paper to roll it like a sausage about 3- 4 cm in diameter and the length should be as long as the breadth of your sponge tin. Roll up the cream and twist the ends and keep in the freezer until it solidifies.
Take a swiss roll tin of 23 x 30 cm and line the sides with butter and the bottom with parchment paper. Now to make the sponge, beat 100 gms of sugar and the eggs in a large bowl for several minutes until it has tripled in volume and is light and fluffy. Then gently sift in the flour with the baking powder and fold. Be very careful not to knock out the air from the batter. Fold in the orange zest as well.
Pour the batter in the prepared swiss roll tin and using a spatula, flatten the top and spread properly throughout the tin. Place in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for about 15 minutes or until it is springy in the centre. It should be a beautiful golden colour. Take it out and leave it to cool.
Once cool, dust the sponge with caster sugar. Take another parchment paper and place on top of the cake and quickly flip over the sponge using the entire length of your arm. Then slowly remove the tin and the bottom layer of the parchment paper and leave the cake to cool down completely.
Now to complete the roll, spread orange marmalade all over the sponge very generously. Then take the frozen whipped cream roll out and remove the paper. Place it at the short end of the cake. Very carefully roll the cream into the sponge and dust further with some caster sugar.
Cut into slices and serve immediately.
If you like this you may want to check my Winter Tales I