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Bourbon Orange Glaze

"Perfect on the panna cotta recipe"

orange glaze This bourbon orange glaze is the melding of two great worlds - alcohol and sugar. What could make life better than to have a sugar and a zing hit your palette at the same time?

This is PERFECT for a sauce to put on top of my panna cotta recipe!And there are several Italian cakes on here too, which this would compliment real well. I listed a couple of them below.

This glaze gets it's flavor from freshly squeezed oranges. Yes, you read that right. If you really want a killer glaze you NEED to squeeze oranges. Don't worry about a fancy juicer. I got one - BUT I WON'T USE it on this glaze. Why? Because I don't want any rind or pith. So, the flavor is worth the elbow grease. And you can get a cheap little juicer at a Dollar Store.

You can use this glaze on top of lotsa things. But I have some simple cakes and torte recipes that pair well with this glaze:

Pumpkin Cake

Flourless Chocolate Torte

This bourbon orange glaze can be poured warm (my favorite) on the cakes OR you can chill it and serve later.

Listed below see the substitutions and FAQs. There's not a lot of leniency with this - just because there's not that many ingredients.

Bourbon Orange Glaze

YIELD:1 3/4 Cups


* 1/3 light brown sugar

* 2 tablespoons of cornstarch

* 1/2 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice

* 3 tablespoons of bourbon


* Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.

* Bring to boil over medium heat - STIRRING constantly!

* Cook one minute after it comes to a boil - still stirring constantly.

* Use warm or cold.

Recipe adapted, re-made, re-engineered but yet inspired by Southern Living All-Time Favorite Light Meals

What else can I use instead of bourbon?

Well, are you wanting to keep the glaze for an Italian dessert recipe? Then I'd say use rum. If you don't care whether it's Italian dessert - try these:

  • Triple Sec

  • orange liqueur

  • Can I use orange juice in a bottle or can?

    Yeah but seriously - you won't get the tangy sweet flavor. IF you MUST use the can - I'd say add about a teaspoon of lemon juice.
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    Labor Day Is Coming Up!

    It's still so hot, it's hard to get excited about cranking up the over. So - there are a couple of NO BAKE stand-by's I use:

    Strawberry and Marsala

    Amaretto Mouse Cheesecake

    The big word is NO BAKE.

    And then, there's always my Italian Drinks collection to make a party unique and festive.

    Whatever you choose for Labor Day, keep it cool. Keep it simple. And keep it safe!


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