You don’t see blood oranges all that often in Auckland supermarkets so when I saw a display of them at the counter of Emma’s little corner fruit shop I was overwhelmed with excitement and happiness. It was kind of like being reunited with a long lost friend and that friend being someone who is completely normal on the outside but surprisingly colourful and crazy (good-crazy not bad-crazy) on the inside.
That’s what seeing the display of blood oranges was like.
I bought two and on the way home pondered how on earth a citrus fruit became such a good partner for chocolate; to me, it’s the most unlikely of duos. I decided that the combination was perfect after trying little bit by little bit of the raw pastry dough. The crème fraiche filling cuts through the sweet chocolate and leaves your mouth drooling, wanting just one more hit.
So here it is; not exactly a traditional winter comfort dessert but rich, decadent and impressive to lift spirits during the bleakest of seasons.