Boozey oranges in chocolate sauce

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Chocolate sauce and fruit is my fool-proof fallback for dessert;  it really is the ultimate in simplicity, while at the same time being utterly indulgent!

Most fans of chocolate sauce will have their own favorite recipe; mine relies on nothing more than chocolate and a splash of milk.  The trick, I find, is to use the best chocolate you can get, as there are no other ingredients involved which can compensate for any lack of taste or quality.


Serves 2

Prep Time:  10 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes


Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian


Chocolate sauce ingredients 

  • 50g plain dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk

Boozey oranges ingredients: 

  • 2 oranges, peeled, pith removed, and sliced
  • 150ml orange juice
  • 50ml Cointreau (or other orange liquor)

To serve: 

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted pistachios, chopped

Jennifers Tips

This chocolate sauce is perfect for coating pieces of fruit, as it hardens slightly as it cools. Strawberries are an obvious and delicious choice, but blackberries, blueberries and cherries make a stunning alternative.

Photo and recipe taken from The Balance Diet Cookbook.

  • Put the chocolate pieces and the milk into a non-stick pan, and place over a low heat.
  • As it starts to warm through, the chocolate will slowly melt into the milk.  Stir regularly to blend and to prevent lumps.
  • Without allowing it to come to the boil, take the pan off the heat once the chocolate has completely melted and combined with the milk into a smooth sauce.
  • Place the sliced oranges, the orange juice, and the Cointreau / liquor in a small non-stick pan, and slowly bring to the boil over a medium flame.
  • When just at the boil, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 5 minutes, to allow the flavours to infuse.
  • Remove the oranges from the warm syrup with a slotted spoon, and divide between 2 serving dishes.
  • Meanwhile, increase the heat under the syrup and return to the boil, until the syrup is reduced by half, to a thick syrup.
  • Spoon the warm syrup over the oranges, and top with warm chocolate sauce.
  • Sprinkle with the chopped pistachios and eat while still warm.