The inspiration for this experiment is the house-made orange sauce from Koa Pancake House, Kaneohe.
If you remember, this is The Cat’s favorite. She orders pancakes from here just for the sauce. I think the sauce contains orange pulp, juice, and zest.
Anyway, about two weeks ago, we picked-up a bag of Clementine oranges from Costco. I started saving the peel, throwing them in the freezer. After we finished the bag, I had two plastic containers of frozen orange peel. I melted about an eighth of a cup of sugar in boiling water. I added the orange peel and simmered for a few minutes. I also added a splash of akvavit, just because. I kept adding sugar until the bitterness of the orange peel (including the pith) was acceptable to me (not sure how much I added). The pith is supposed to provide some health benefits.
After the peel cooled a bit, I used my handy-dandy immersion blender to chop the peel and ended up with this.
At Koa Pancake House, the sauce is pourable, mine came out more of a paste or chutney (note to self, maybe more liquid next time), although I though it turned out good (read on).
So far I’ve used it like jam on bread with peanut butter,
and sliced bananas.
Next time, I may add a bit of ginger or clove. A definite try again.