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Oranges En Surprise

4 whole Large Navel Oranges
2 cups Orange Sherbet
2 whole Egg Whites
1 pinch Cream Of Tartar
1/2 cups Fruit Sugar
1 dash Almond Extract
Fresh Mint Leaves


Cut off the quarter top of each orange and discard. Make sure your orange will stand up, otherwise cut a small slice off the bottom, being careful not to cut through to the pulp. With a grapefruit spoon, carefully remove the pulp from the interior of the orange. Place hollowed-out oranges on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until rigid. Fill the oranges with the sherbet dividing evenly and packing firmly. Freeze again for 30 minutes or up to 2 days. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a stand mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy and then add the pinch of cream of tartar. Continue beating and gradually add the sugar. Beat for another 3 minutes or until the eggs are glossy and thick peaks form. Stir in the almond extract. Remove oranges from the freezer and place on a baking sheet. Cover the tops of the oranges with the meringue mixture by either piping or dolloping it on. Bake at 425 degrees F for 2 minutes then lower the heat to 375 degrees F and continue to bake for 3-5 minutes or until the meringue is slightly browned and set. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve immediately. Recipe adapted form Last Dinner on The Titanic.

Source: tastykitchen.com