I don't know about you, but this time of year we have a glut of broken candy canes sitting around the house. Raised in the "waste not, want not" tradition, I just cannot pitch them! Living in South Florida, we also have and abundance of citrus fruit this time of year, so I thought it would be fun to put the two together for a holiday treat! Do you remember sticking peppermint sticks in oranges as a child? The acid in the orange must have somehow cut through the candy, because if you worked at it long enough, your peppermint stick became a straw, beautifully flavoring the juicy orange nectar!
To make this salad, and I use the term "salad" loosely - this is definitely a dessert salad, peel and section a bowl full of your favorite orange-y citrus (clementines, oranges of all varieties, tangerines, etc) then toss with the broken shards of five mini candy canes. Cover and set in the fridge overnight to work it's magic! In the morning, give the oranges a stir and you'll notice the white pithy parts of the citrus sections will have softened and become almost invisible, while the candy melted into the oranges, leaving a subtly sweet and bright flavor, a slight pinkish hue, and best of all - a glistening coat!
Before serving, top with a few more bits of candy cane! I love the festive look and nostalgic taste of this bright salad!
But what about the cookies? Today I'll finally bake off my Stir-Up Sunday dough and make Gooey Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies!
|Gooey Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies! |
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