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Orange Sauce Recipe - Easy Orange Dessert Sauce


Gingerbread with orange sauce
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You'll need two or three fresh oranges to make this easy Orange Dessert Sauce. Intensely-flavored, just a just a small amount will add a delicious citrus touch to crepes, cake, ice cream, custards and other desserts.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1/2 to 2/3 cup sauce


  • 1 cup fresh orange juice (from 2 or 3 fresh oranges)
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Mix the orange juice, zest and sugar in a small saucepan. Simmer the juice mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes, until a thick, syrupy sauce has formed. (At this point you should still be able to pour the sauce, but if you like, continue reducing the sauce to make it even thicker, as shown in the photo.)

When the sauce is a consistency you like, stir in the butter and simmer the sauce for another 2 or 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Serve the orange sauce sauce chilled, at room temperature or warm.

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