Part of the traditional 13 desserts from Provence, France!

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Perfumey and chocolatey with a little spike of salt. If you like the classic combination of orange and chocolate, you will love these little treats.


You will need:


3 cups water

1 cup sugar

small palmful star anise

2 navel oranges, sliced crosswise, ¼” thick

6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Maldon salt

  1. In a large straight-sided skillet, bring the water and sugar to a boil.
  2. Add the star anise and orange slices and simmer over medium-high heat, turning the slices occasionally, until the liquid gets syrupy. This will take about 20 minutes.
  3. Lower the heat slightly and continue cooking for 10 minutes until the liquid gets even richer.
  4. Transfer the orange slices to a wire rack lined with wax paper and let cool in the fridge.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small glass bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 20-second intervals, stirring with a spatula between each interval, until just melted.
  6. Carefully dip 1 side of each orange slice in the melted chocolate and return to the wax paper lined tray to cool.
  7. Finish with Maldon salt.


Photography by Food Styling+Recipes by Chelsea Zimmer | Pr op Styling by Jill Galarneau | Photography by Linda Pugliese

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