In south eastern Australia, winter’s sweetest surprise is the citrus harvest: oranges, lemons and limes hang on the trees like bright jewels against the grey sky, waiting to be harvested for fresh juices, sweet treats and savoury delights.
This easy tray bake contrasts the rich decadence of dark chocolate with the sweet fresh taste of Valencia oranges.
These are a versatile seedless variety producing abundant fruit in a cold climate if well fertilised each season, mulched, and watered during dry hot weather. A simple apple and yoghurt cake is baked, then pricked all over and drenched with orange syrup.
A rich dark chocolate ganache is spread on top and finished with glazed orange segments to create a spectacular winter treat.
Gently place each orange segment on the ganache after it has cooled and set. Serve cut into long, narrow wedges – makes it look elegant on a white plate!