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Catholic Recipe: Oranges in Honey and Olive Oil "Núñez de Prado"


  • 6 navel oranges
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 Tablespoons finest extra-virgin olive oil, ideally Núñez de Prado
  • 2 Tablespoons orange liqueur


Serves: 4

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Difficulty:  ★★★☆

Cost:  N/A

For Ages: 15+

Origin: Spain


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Also Called: Naranjas con Miel y Aceite de Oliva "Nunez de Prado"

St. Dominic has connections with the orange, so this would be a lovely dessert to serve on his feast of August 8.

The Spanish Franciscans brought the apples, oranges, lemons, figs and other fruit that grow in California. Orange recipes are perfect also for the feast of St. Junipero Serra.


Remove a thin peel from 2 oranges and cut in very fine julienne strips. Clean the pith from all the oranges, removing as much as possible. Place the julienne strips in a small saucepan with water barely to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes. Drain and run under cold water.

In a saucepan, bring to a boil the honey, sugar, orange juice, and 1/2 cup water. Boil slowly until the liquid is syrupy, about 10 minutes (230 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Add the orange julienne strips and turn off the heat. When cool, stir in the oil and liqueur.

Slice the oranges and arrange in a large shallow bowl. Pour on the syrup and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour or more. To serve, divide the orange slices among 4 dessert dishes and spoon the sauce and orange julienne strips over them.

Recipe Source: Paella! Spectacular Rice Dishes from Spain by Penelope Casas, Henry Holt and Company, 1999