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Honeybell Oranges


We received a big box of honeybell oranges and while we will definitely eat some of them, there is no way that the two of us can eat all of them. Do you have any ideas for some recipes to use them? I was thinking perhaps cupcakes/a cake or anything else.



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  1. You can juice some of the them and use them in a citrus compote, which is a wonderful non-fat dessert, and use the zest in a cake or cupcakes. Williams-sonoma's almond cake is delicious and uses citrus, I usually double the quantity of citrus.

    1. We love oranges around here, mostly in savoury preparations:

      - orange vinaigrette for salad, served with orange segments and toasted nuts such as hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts
      - orange glaze or gastrique for duck, pork, chicken, seafood
      - simple syrup to drizzle over fruit and cakes and pavlova
      - marmalade or other preserves
      - orange-infused cream sauce for seafood
      - orange confit
      - dry lots of zest and mix with salt and dried rosemary

      1. They are my favorites. They yield a lot of juice, but if you end up with more juice than you would drink within 2-3 days you should freeze it as the juice is very perishable.
        Makes for a great mimosa.

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        1. re: Veggo

          This is one of those slap the forehead moments for me. I've never thought to freeze orange juice. Sheesh. I can't tell you how much I've thrown out over the decades. Thanks, Veg, for helping an old lady :)

        2. Honeybell season!!! I make a homemade honeybell orange jello that is amazingly good and then I use the jello to make a frozen dessert by adding one pint of frozen vanilla yogurt to the liquid jello and a half cup of diced honeybell oranges and freeze until firm. Sliced it is very pretty and super refreshing.

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          1. re: HillJ

            wait, do you mix in the frozen yogurt or layer like a terrine?

            1. re: jeniyo

              jeniyo, I'm so awful...I really should have written the recipe out, here goes:

              Create jello base using honeybell orange juice as the liquid
              or buy orange jello (4 cup size) and use 2 cups of the honeybell juice instead of water
              but only 1 cup of hot water
              Add the best vanilla frozen yogurt you can find; semi soften the pint and mix that into the jello liquid until its well incorporated.
              Dice up a half cup of the fresh honeybell oranges and add it to the mixture
              Pour into a mold (I use a Tupperware bundt mold for this) but any plastic with a lid (that holds the mixture with room to expand) will do
              Freeze until solid.
              Unmold from plastic onto a serving plate
              & enjoy!

              good thing I wrote this out, huh!

          2. Another favorite is
            Honeybell Orange Curd, makes about a pint

            2 large eggs
            2 large egg yolks
            1/2 cup strained orange juice
            3 Tbs. strained lemon juice
            6 Tbs butter, softened
            1 cup sugar
            Grated zest of one orange (optional)

            Beat the eggs and yolks in a bowl until they are smooth, then add in the orange and lemon juice and beat again

            This recipe calls for this part to be done in a double boiler. But I don't have one and I have made a mess more than once trying to jerry-rig one (twice! in one post!), so I usually forgo the use of this equipment. In the case if lemon or orange curd it doesn't really seem to matter as long as you keep an eye on the heat and stir it constantly.

            Melt the butter in a pan over medium low heat. Stir in the sugar, then the egg-juice mixture. Continue stirring until the curd thickens, about five minutes or so. One great thing about this book is that Linda gives you lots of tests, which is great for first-times. In this case, the curd is done when you can draw a path on the back of the spoon with your finger (careful, its hot!) or a thermometer reads 160 degrees F. Stir in the optional zest.

            Pour the hot curd into one or more jars and put the lids on tightly. The curd will keep in the fridge for a week or so and in the freezer for at least a couple of months.

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            1. re: HillJ

              Maybe some of your curd (it looks delicious, by the way) would be good on orange olive oil cake.

              1. re: chefathome

                Would it ever...and a bit of dark chocolate syrup :)

                  1. re: chefathome

                    lol...dessert...this is what we had for dinner...

                    sometimes you leave the menu planning aside and just go for the quickie.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Dinner of champions, for sure.

            2. Warm some maple syrup and add some honeybell orange juice to it and pour over pancakes, waffles, french toast and crepes.

              As a matter of fact Steph, if you juice half the box you'll be all set to use the juice for dozens of recipes (salad dressing, smoothies, cake batter, icing, ice cream).

              1. I say eat more of them! When the season is right I can eat 6 of them a day easy. To me cooking a tangelo is like cooking with a $300 bottle of wine. It just shouldn't be done as it destroys the highlights of the product. Save the cooking for cheap citrus.

                You can refrigerate them to make them last longer. Don't be too surprised if you see some clear gel appear inside when you do this. I just scrape it away if I encounter it. It's no big deal.

                I need to get the produce stand... I live in central FL and haven't seen a honeybell show up yet. They said they would be getting them soon. God I can't wait!!!!

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                1. re: slopfrog

                  We have them now in Manatee County, and Sarasota and Hillsboro counties, also.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Follow up: I bought a 10 pound sack of honeybells at my nearby fruit stand for $4.99 this afternoon, and I'm enjoying a happy hour screwdriver. Delicious.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      I'm not familiar with those. Probably limited production and distribution?

                      1. re: c oliver

                        Honeybells are a cross between grapefruit and tangerines but look like any orange, their distinguishing characteristic being a little nub or hump at the stem so they are slightly oblate, and they are by far the sweetest citrus fruit. They grow only in Florida. The season is very short, 3-4 weeks, and begins mid-January so we are just hitting our stride this past week. They have so much juice they are like little water balloons. Their juice is not sold commercially because it is so perishable. Several growers in the area ship anywhere, Mixon Farms in Bradenton is one. Transportation costs more than the fruit, but some people just gotta have them. I confirmed to a Hound in Ontario that Mixon can/ will ship to Canada. They are indeed a nice seasonal treat. I just juiced 3 to enjoy with my morning migas and a Lenders bagel!

                2. Honeybells are a wonderful thing. Go outside and eat them and let the juice drip down.

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                  1. re: Floridagirl

                    If I did that here the juice would immediately freeze onto my chin! Hmmmm...slush... :-D

                  2. Agreed with the don't cook 'em. It's like using fine French brandy or champagne for cooking. We juice them, and DRINK IT IMMEDIATELY. The change in citrus juices as they stand is amazing. Even plain ol' juice oranges - juice a couple, take a sip or two, and go away for half an hour. Taste it again. And after an hour...I'm shakin/ my head here. They're wonderful. We order them from Hale and find them irresistible.

                    1. My roommate get a box of these every winter. So when I have to use them up I make this orange cake.