Brandied Oranges

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Brandied Oranges

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These Brandied Oranges are delightful!

Even as Winter is coming to an end here in Australia, there is still time to enjoy navel oranges at their peak quality. This popular orange variety is sweet, juicy and seedless and ideal for making brandied oranges. This is an elegant dessert, simple and not difficult to make. It’s very refreshing and ideal to serve at the end of a rich meal.

We have been making this recipe for Brandied Oranges for more years than I can remember. I think it first appeared in the Australian Women’s Weekly “Cooking Class Cookbook”. It’s a perfect make-ahead dessert. In fact, the flavours develop a little more if prepared a day ahead.

The segmented oranges add a special touch to the dessert. They’re not at all difficult to make but require a sharp knife and a little patience. The oranges can be served with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or alongside a plain vanilla cake or a cheesecake.

The syrup is delicious. There is generally some left over so I have been known to add a couple of oranges to use it the following day. The flavour isn’t as good as the original but it’s still worth eating. Mind you, I have friends who find the syrup alone worth drinking!

Enjoy the Brandied Oranges with our Vanilla Ice Cream or Caramelised Yoghurt Cream!

Xx Alex and Faye

Brandied Oranges

An elegant dessert that will have your guests coming back for more!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: brandy, dessert, oranges, sweet
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 342kcal
Author: Alexandra


  • 330 g caster sugar 1 1/2 cups
  • 250 ml water 1 cup
  • 60 ml Brandy 1/4 cup
  • 2 tbsp Grand Marnier or Cointreau
  • 8 large Navel Oranges


  • The syrup is made first. Place the sugar and water into a medium sized saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil, and, without stirring, boil uncovered for 2 minutes.
  • Allow the syrup to cool then add brandy and Grand Marnier or Cointreau. Mix well.
  • To segment the orange you need a very sharp knife.
    Trim both ends off the orange to create a flat, stable surface.
    Stand the orange on one end. Remove the orange peel and white pith by starting at the top and moving your knife downward along the contour of the orange. Remove just enough to show the orange flesh.
    To cut the oranges into segments, carefully slide your knife as close as possible to the membrane. When the blade reaches the centre of the orange remove the knife, cut along the membrane on the other side and remove the segment. Do this over the bowl in which you’re placing the segments, so that none of the precious juice is lost. Squeeze the remaining portion of the orange over the same bowl to remove the remaining juice.
  • Pour the syrup over the orange segments and stir.
  • Set aside or refrigerate if making in advance.
    The oranges can be served at room temperature or chilled, either alone or with  vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


  1. If you’re daunted by the thought of creating orange segments you can cut the oranges into slices. But I do hope you will try creating segments, they are definitely superior and really not difficult.
  2. Any citrus can be segmented; grapefruit works well in salads, lemons and limes are lovely in salsas.
  3. The calorie count is based on all the syrup being consumed. This generally is not the case.


Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 72g | Vitamin A: 460IU | Vitamin C: 110.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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90 Comments on “Brandied Oranges”

  1. I have been looking for this recipe from aww book forever as tossed mine out. thanks for sharing. They are delicious over vanilla ice vream.

  2. what a healthy recipe, it looks so delicious I think it’ll be my fam’s new fave dessert, thank you for sharing

    1. Definitely, the brandied oranges are beautiful with ice cream. And the syrup is absolutely delicious, it is never wasted. I hope that you try this recipe. 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda, I definitely like a dish that I can prepare in advance and this works so well as it allows the flavours to develop. I do hope that you enjoy it. 🙂

    1. Hi Catherine, I especially love recipes that I can make in advance. And with the oranges, this is beneficial as it allows the flavours to develop. Please let me know when you try it. 🙂

  3. I have never had oranges like this before. These look like they would be amazing and are going to be made very soon!

  4. Peeling the oranges that way takes time and effort haha. Done that before and I completely failed at my first attempt. This one definitely something I would love to try!

    1. Hi Heather, it is not a difficult recipe and the oranges are really delicious when prepared this way. Please let me know if you make them. 🙂

  5. This sounds really delicious! I have never had brandied oranges. I’m saving this recipe and will give it a try. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    I am intrigued by this dessert, as I’ve never heard of it. I can’t wait to try this delicious and easy dessert!

  7. 5 stars
    How delicious! I think these brandied oranges would be perfect paired with pancakes. In fact, I think that the famous crepe suzette recipe is made with brandied oranges.

    1. Hi Julianne, I’m so pleased to hear that you will be making this recipe. It is a lovely fresh way to end a meal. I do hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  8. This looks quick and easy and full of flavour! And all I can think now, after reading your post, is ‘oranges and vanilla icecream’ 😀

    1. We think alike Raluca; I always serve these oranges with my Vanilla Ice Cream. That recipe is also on the blog and they are delicious together. Please let me know if you try them 🙂

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    1. Hi Yvonne, I have never tried freezing this recipe before.
      However, I would be concerned that freezing would change the texture of the fruit. The oranges are definitely at their best fresh.
      Best wishes, Alex

  10. 5 stars
    We all have those recipes that we look forward to making at certain times of the year. Thank you for sharing one of yours.

  11. 5 stars
    These sound amazing. How have I never had anything like this? I love finding something new to make, just in time for the holidays too!

  12. 5 stars
    These sound so good. I’ve never had brandied oranges before, but I can almost taste the flavors working together right now. I have to make this!

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  14. i never tried this one but it really looks delicious. how i wish i have a friend who can make this hahah because im hands off in the kitchen.

  15. 5 stars
    I never tried this before, but it sounds so delicious! I’m definitely gonna have to make it soon. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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