Orange and Cardamom Fantasy

    4 hours 20 minutes

    Cool, light and fresh, this is a perfect dessert for the end of lunch or dinner on a warm Summer day.

    Queensland, Australia
    5 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 6-9 large sweet oranges
    • 6 large cardamom pods
    • 225 ml dry gin
    • 225g plain, Greek-style yoghurt (Sour cream may be used as a substitute, in which case omit the lemon juice)
    • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 25-50 g flaked almonds

    Preparation:20min  ›  Extra time:4hours chilling  ›  Ready in:4hours20min 

    1. Using a plate to catch the juice, slice the ends off an orange. Stand it on a cut end and using a small sharp knife cut down the outside to remove the skin and white pith. Divide into segments, then chop into bite-sized pieces, removing as many seeds as possible. Repeat with the remaining oranges. Put the oranges and juice into a glass bowl and add the gin.
    2. Crush the cardamom pods with the flat side of a knife and remove the small black seeds. Bruise the seeds in a mortar and pestle, then stir in with the oranges and gin. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
    3. Stir the lemon juice into the yoghurt, place in a glass or ceramic bowl, cover and refrigerate to let the flavour develop.
    4. Heat the grill to high. Spread the almonds on a baking tray and toast lightly, checking them constantly. Let the almonds cool.
    5. To serve, spoon the oranges into serving dishes or stemmed glasses, top with the yoghurt and sprinkle with the almonds.

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    Simple and easy to cook. Refreshing and cooling. Cleansing to the palate. Always a "hit" when I've served it to guests.  -  26 Apr 2009