26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table is a celebration of citrus season. From the late fall through early spring, this season is when citrus fruit is at its peak and the variety of oranges available is at its best. This recipe collection includes different ways to enjoy fresh oranges in season.
Orange varieties used in 26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table:
- Blood Oranges: Blood oranges are known for their distinctive flesh color, which can range from a deep red to a maroon or even a dark purple hue. They make an especially pretty glaze color to add to cakes and cookies. The color is affected by heat however and will fade out when used in a cake batter.
- Cara Cara Oranges: Cara Cara oranges look similar to a regular navel orange with a bright orange skin. The difference is on the inside. They have a distinctive pink or red flesh, similar to the color of grapefruit, but they are not as deeply red as blood oranges. They are known for their sweet taste and are delicious fresh in salads.
- Naval Oranges:Navel oranges are known for their sweet and juicy flavor with a balance of sugar and acidity. They are seedless which makes them very convenient for snacking or using in recipes without the hassle of removing seeds.
- Mandarin Oranges: Mandarin oranges are a type of citrus fruit that are smaller and sweeter than most other orange varieties. The skin is thinner, looser, and easier to peel compared to other oranges. They are perfect for snacking and make a great addition to a salad.
Breakfasts: Start Your Day with a Citrus Twist
Orange Olive Oil Donuts are fluffy, moist donuts with a zesty orange flavor and a sweet navel orange glaze. The batter for the donuts is mixed together in one bowl, no mixer required. They are baked in molds to get the round shape and bake in 16-17 minutes.
Orange Brioche French Toast is a cozy breakfast. Brioche bread is soaked in a rich orange flavored custard then pan fried to golden perfection. If you are looking for a special breakfast or brunch recipe, this would be a good choice.
Orange Pomegranate Scones are a great way to enjoy both pomegranate and orange seasons. These crumbly and light scones are the perfect balance of sweet pomegranate seeds and tangy orange zest. The pomegranate glaze on the scones is a pretty pink color.
Orange Muffins are a morning treat filled with bright orange flavor. These moist muffins are easy to make without a mixer and have a sweet glaze made with fresh orange juice. This just might become one of your favorite orange recipes.
Cranberry Orange Muffins are made with tart cranberries, oranges juice and orange zest. These fluffy, moist muffins have a bright citrus flavor and a tender crumb.
Cranberry Orange French Toast Roll-Ups combine the tartness of cranberries with sweet oranges all wrapped up in French toast. They are a great way to cook with seasonal cranberries and oranges for a special breakfast.
Cranberry Orange French Toast Bake is a comforting, make ahead breakfast bake featuring the classic combination of cranberries and oranges. This is one of those easy ways to feed overnight guests.
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is a warm, hearty bowl of oatmeal enhanced with the tangy sweetness of cranberries and oranges. Not only is this a delicious combination, but it is also packed with nutrients. This is the healthiest breakfast of 26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table.
Cocktail: A Toast to Citrus Elegance
Cara Cara Wine Spritzer is a light, refreshing spritzer using Cara Cara orange juice, white wine and seltzer water. This signature cocktail of 26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table has a bright flavor and pretty color which would be nice for special occasions.
Savory: Dishes with a Citrus Touch
Orange Ginger Chicken is a sweet and savory recipe featuring tender chicken with a zesty orange and ginger sauce. This orange chicken is made with simple ingredients and cooks fast which makes it an easy midweek meal for a family dinner. Served over rice and sprinkled with sesame seeds it has a nice fresh flavor.
Orange Beet Salad is a vibrant salad made with earthy roasted beets and juicy orange segments. It is topped with honey ricotta cheese and chopped pistachio nuts. It has a a citrus vinaigrette.
Citrus Quinoa Salad is a colorful mandarin orange salad that also combines blood oranges and Cara Cara oranges with quinoa and salad greens. This easy salad recipe has a light and flavorful dressing and lots of flavor. You can use any type of oranges in this citrus salad so choose your favorites!
Cranberry Orange Sauce is a sweet combination that goes well with savory dishes. It is a good holiday side dish or a flavorful accompaniment for roasted meats and chicken.
Cakes: Simple and delicious orange Infused cakes that do not require a mixer
Blood Orange Yogurt Cake is a moist cake that is made with blood oranges and yogurt for a rich, creamy texture. The blood orange juice makes the glaze a pretty pink color.
Orange Ricotta Cake is a delightfully light and fluffy cake with a hint of orange and creamy ricotta. The fresh orange slices on the top of the orange cake make it extra special.
Orange Olive Oil Cake is a moist cake that combines the richness of olive oil orange zest and fresh orange juice. It is one of the easiest cakes you will ever bake and also one of the most delicious!
Blueberry Orange Yogurt Cake is made with fresh blueberries, freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh orange zest. This cake is bright and flavorful. Greek Yogurt makes the cake super moist.
Cranberry Orange Ricotta Cake is an easy orange cake recipe to make, no mixer required. It is delicious enough on its own that it does not even require frosting. Fresh seasonal cranberries and oranges are a great flavor combination.
26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table is all about simple baking with these moist, easy cakes.
Bread: A Slice of Comfort Orange Infused Bread
Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread is a dense, nutty bread with the tartness of cranberries, bright orange flavor and a hint of orange zest. It really is the perfect treat for any time of the day and nice to serve in the holiday season.
Dessert: End on a Sweet Note
Blood Orange Panna Cotta is a silky, creamy dessert with a burst of blood orange flavor. This simple dessert recipe is similar to custard, but does not contain any eggs. It is light, creamy and delicious.
Cranberry Orange Kitchen Sink Cookies are chunky, delicious cookies packed with cranberries, orange zest, and everything but the kitchen sink which gives them so much flavor.
Cranberry Orange Clafoutis is a rustic French baked dessert combining cranberries and orange in a custardy base. This simple recipe is easily made in a blender.
Orange Flan is a smooth, caramel topped custard that is full of nice orange flavor. The custard is also easily put together in a blender.
Orange Ricotta Cookies are soft, cake like orange cookies made with ricotta cheese and infused with orange zest. The simple glaze on the ricotta cookies has both fresh squeezed orange juice and orange zest. This not only makes for a pretty cookie, it also adds another layer of wonderful orange flavor.
This photo is the same Orange Ricotta Cookie recipe and glaze made with blood oranges. The color that blood orange juice adds to a glaze is amazing.
Orange Chess Pie is a traditional Southern pie with a creamy, custard like filling and a hint of orange. Made with buttermilk, eggs, butter and sugar, this simple pie is a great dessert.
Orange Blossom Honey Madelines are delicate shell shaped cakes sweetened with orange blossom honey for a floral twist. They get a sweet citrus taste from the orange zest in the Madelines and a sweet orange glaze.
Orange dessert recipes are the perfect ending to 26 Vibrant Orange Recipes to Brighten Your Table. I hope you have found some recipes to try with fresh citrus. Remember. you can experiment and swap out the types of oranges that you use based on your preference and availability. Read A Guide To 9 Common Types Of Oranges to see some other varieties.