Boozy Oranges with Chocolate Sauce

three_ways_chocolate_sauceA good chocolate sauce is one of life’s simple luxuries and it’s one of those essential recipes which can be used dozens of ways.

A great way to indulge is to pair it with oranges steeped in decadent boozy syrup; originally published in our best-selling book, The Balance Diet, it’s now a firm favourite with friends and clients alike!

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Serves: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian


Chocolate Sauce

You will need:

  • 50g dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
  • 60ml semi-skimmed milk


  • Put the chocolate and milk in a non-stick pan, and place over a low heat.
  • As it starts to warm through, the chocolate will slowly melt into the milk. Stir regularly to blend and to prevent lumps.
  • Without allowing it to come to the boil, take the pan off the heat once the chocolate has completely melted into a smooth sauce.


Boozy Oranges

You will need:

  • 2 oranges, peeled, pith removed, and sliced
  • 150ml orange juice
  • 50ml Cointreau (or other orange liquor)
  • 1 portion warm chocolate sauce (above)


  • Place the sliced oranges, the orange juice, and the Cointreau / liquor in a small non-stick pan, and slowly bring to the boil over a medium flame.
  • When just at the boil, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes, to allow the flavours to infuse.
  • Remove the oranges from the warm syrup with a slotted spoon, and divide between 2 serving dishes.
  • Meanwhile, increase the heat under the syrup and return to the boil, until the syrup is reduced by half, to a thick syrup.
  • Spoon the warm syrup over the oranges, and top with warm chocolate sauce.

To Serve:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted pistachios, chopped.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and eat while still warm.

Jennifer’s Tip:

This chocolate sauce is perfect for coating pieces of fruit, as it hardens slightly as it cools. Strawberries are an obvious and delicious choice, but blackberries, blueberries and cherries make a stunning alternative.

For more delicious recipes like this, Jennifer Irvine’s book ‘The Balance Diet’ is available from Amazon.