Bitter orange sauce

Time 45 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8 (1 1/4 cups)
Bitter orange sauce

Combine the cream and orange zest in a small saucepan and heat just until bubbles form around the perimeter. Remove from the heat and let stand 30 minutes.


Boil the orange juice until reduced to about 1 1/2 tablespoons and starting to caramelize. Blend into the cream.


Whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Reheat the cream to scalding, then pour about one-fourth into the egg yolks, whisking continuously. Whisk the mixture back into the saucepan with the cream. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in the liqueur. Serve warm or chilled.

This is adapted from a recipe by Nancy Silverton in “Desserts” (Harper & Row, 1986).

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