Oranges, tangelos, mandarins and even lemons work beautifully in this orange white chocolate creamsicle slice! A moist, orange Madeira-like slice is topped with a white chocolate ganache that has the tang of sour cream instead of cream. This is one of the most addictive slices I've made and is a definite pushy recipe Dear Reader!
The wonderful thing about this is orange white chocolate slice is that you only need bowls, a whisk and a spatula to make this delicious slice. It's literally 15 minutes prep and you've got one of the most delicious ways to bake with oranges (or tangelos as the case is here). It's also a great way to use up the zest of the fruit too, the most fragrantly beautiful part of the fruit. Here you'll use up the zest of 3.5 oranges and the juice of half an orange and you can juice the rest!
I know the question that you're going to ask and yes this is just as much a slice as it is a cake. In fact if you were to bake this in a round tin you could serve it up as wedges rather than squares. I really hope that you'll give this a try as the combination of zesty citrus and creamy white chocolate is heavenly. On their own I find citrus can sometimes be too tart and white chocolate can be too sweet but this citrus slice is really the perfect balance of both worlds.
I am so lucky to have all of this citrus from Valentina. She often drops off bags of her home grown tangelos and eggs from her chickens which I am so grateful for. One day when our garden is done we will hopefully grow some things we can eat. There is a small Meyer lemon tree and that produced one lemon. It wouldn't win any awards for appearance, it was sort of greeny yellow in colour and green inside although it was juicy.
Apart from this, the garden is a bit of a disaster zone. One of the previous owners had had cages full of birds along the back fence and these sat on concrete slabs. When he went to move he simply chucked dirt over it and sold the house. The next owner Lucy who bought the house from him didn't do anything about it for 30 years. We have some really nice neighbours and they told us that she had always struggled with the garden and she must have thrown a lot of money or effort at it just before we bought it because the lawn was green but quickly faded once we moved in.
We found that the grass just wasn't growing and when Mr NQN dug a bit further down he discovered that there were all these disintegrating chunks of concrete a few inches below the surface. So every weekend he has been digging it up and removing the bits of concrete. He doesn't mind doing it, I think he finds it quite therapeutic and every weekend if it isn't raining and we don't have something on, he will sit in the garden digging up bits of concrete.
The one household member that seems to love the new dug up garden is Teddy. He absolutely loves to spend time outside by himself sitting in the sun. He was always a fairly independent dog but he can spend hours outside sniffing and sleeping and guarding our house against cats. Sometimes he will sit outside for hours patrolling the garden and exploring. Perhaps he can help Mr NQN dig up the dirt ;)
So tell me Dear Reader, are you good at gardening? Have you ever come across this situation? And do you like the orange creamsicle combination?