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Orange Slices

by Maria Linardi last modified 2008-06-20 15:12

Carnival in Ivrea is famous for its battle of the oranges. But what happens to the oranges once carnival is over? Italiaplease has a tasty idea

At the beginning of the 19th century, during the Napoleonic reign, the authorities in Ivrea, concerned at the amount of fighting that occurred between the different areas of the town during Carnival, decided to ban Carnival celebrations in the separate parts of town. They organised one central celebration for the whole town which was co-ordinated by a figure specially appointed by the French authorities — the general of the carnival.

The result has made Ivrea carnival famous to this day: the battle of the oranges. The battle takes place between orange-throwers on the ground, who represent the revolutionaries, and orange-throwers who move through the town on horse-drawn carts, a reminder of the ruling classes of the time. Protective wiring is put up for the public although their safety is not guaranteed unless they wear a special red cap, not unlike the headwear used during the French revolution. Anyone foolhardy enough to venture out without their hat is a fair target for the orange-throwers — all under the general’s orders of course.

However once carnival is over there is a huge orange mountain left to rot in Ivrea. ItaliaPlease has the answer. Let’s make the mountain in mouth-watering orange slices.
Oranges are used both in sweet and savoury dishes. The best oranges traditionally come from Sicily.

Orange Slices
150 g of puff pastry
100 g of confectioner's cream
30 cc of Cointreau or another similar orange liqueur
200g of peeled, thinly sliced oranges
Caster sugar

Preheat the oven to 200 °C. Roll the pastry out evenly until it is fairly thin. Prick it all over with a fork and leave it aside in a cool place for 20 minutes. Bake the pastry in the oven for 10 minutes, cool then sprinkle with the sugar. Put it back into the oven until the sugar melts and caramelises. Cool and cut into two pieces. Stir the Cointreau into the confectioner’s cream and spread over one half. Cover with the orange slices and place the other half on top. Sprinkle more sugar on top and cut into squares.

Buon appetito!
aranceWe recommend you use Sicilian oranges for these delicious pastries.

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